Academy of Finland Research Fellow
Department of Social Research (Sociology)
P.O.Box 18 (Unioninkatu 35)
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki
+358 (0)50 4485822
Interest areas: sociology of the body, sociology of health and illness, science and technology studies, gender studies, social theory, power analysis, materialisms
Questions motivating my research include: What does it mean to be an embodied human subject in modern Western society, politically and personally? How do technoscientific practices change social and biological aspects of human life course? What forms of inclusion and exclusion the changes entail?
My current research project (RESTEM, 2015-2020) explores human enhancement through biomedical technologies, aimed to transform and manage reproduction and aging on the level of biological processes. Since experimental biomedicine is increasingly enrolled in the production of therapeutic and commercial value, this project analyses scientific, regulatory and patient perceptions of the benefits and risks of this development.
My publications are listed here.
I am also the PI of the project PLURIPOTENT SCIENCE (2013-2017) funded by Kone Foundation. In this project we study how our conceptions and experiences of birth and ageing, or bodily reproduction and degeneration, are changing through current medical technologies. You can find the description of the project here.
I also act as PI in The Doctoral Programme for Gender, Culture, and Society and The Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences.
My previous research has focused on new reproductive technologies, such as prenatal testing and IVF treatment, and on the history of eugenics and abortion.
My first book, based on my doctoral dissertation and published by Vastapaino (2009), discusses medical government of human heredity with specific focus on the history of clinical genetics in Finland, the development of prenatal screening technologies, and their implications for the female body and parenthood. The book has been awarded by the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, and the Finnish Researcher Network on Qualitative Health Studies (LATE).
For more information, see www.vastapaino.fi