Research assistant needed for project on gambling regulation

The Centre of Research for Addictions, Control, and Governance (CEACG) is a research unit at the University of Helsinki Faculty of Social Sciences. The research conducted at the group focuses on multidisciplinary approaches related to the control and regulation of addictions, lifestyles and mental health.

We are now looking for a

Research assistant

for a fixed period between June 1st, 2021 and Dec 31st, 2021. There may be some flexibility with the dates (to be agreed). The research assistant will be participating in international research project(s) addressing the topical situation in gambling regulation. The tasks involve data collection, analysis, and reporting results in collaboration with the principal investigator/s. One important task is to provide assistance for research funding applications, involving also legal scholars and their perspectives.

The work can be conducted remotely. The working hours are flexible based on the University guidelines. The selected person must be a master’s level student. Applications from students at the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki are particularly welcome, due to ongoing revision of the Lottery Act (Arpajaislaki 1047/2001) and ongoing co-operation in various regulatory issues.

Criteria

The person selected for the position should to have good skills in relation to academic research, ability and flexibility to analyse different types of legal and judicial data, and the capacity to conduct work independently.
In addition, we value interest and previous experience in assisting with research work. We also appreciate if you have an interest in topics related to regulation of addictive substances. The applicant should have an excellent English proficiency. Good Swedish proficiency is also expected, due to research related to Åland and/or Nordic countries.

The selected person must be a master’s level student.

Salary

The salary is approximately 2,200 euros a month if working full time.

How to apply

Send your application in Finnish or in English via email to Docent Janne Nikkinen, janne.nikkinen@helsinki.fi by Wed 19th May, 2021. Title: Last name + research assistant

Please send one PDF file as an attachment including a short motivation letter and CV of 1-2 pages. Other attachments are not necessary. Some of the applicants will be invited for online interview.

For more information, please contact Janne Nikkinen at janne.nikkinen@helsinki.fi

Addiction beyond biochemistry

CEACG-researcher Michael Egerer was recently interviewed for the neuronhub blog in the role of project researcher and expert in the A-BRAIN project. The interview concerns the brain disease model of addiction, the role of regulation and what Michael has learned through his experience of conducting interviews with staff and clients at a treatment institute in Canada. Read Michael’s full interview here (in English).

About neuronhub
The creator of neuronhub Juan García Ruiz is a young Spanish biochemist and currently a neuroscience master’s student at Bordeaux University. Neuronhub.org was born out of Juan’s interest to make scientific knowledge more accessible to the lay population – especially in the Spanish language. Besides making research results more comprehensible, the blog brings visibility to the work neuroscientists conduct in labs and institutions all around the world. Neuronhub is a compilation of interviews Juan has carried out with international experts in the field, as well as research synthesis written from Juan’s personal angle. Currently most of neuronhub is in Spanish, with some articles also published in English and French, but in the future, we can expect a growing number of interviews in English. For the time being, Spanish-readers interested in learning more about neuroscience in an accessible, brain tickler style, can visit Juan’s blogs in neuronhub.

Kysely koskien suomalaisten rahapelaamista koronavirusepidemian aikana

Keräämme tietoa suomalaisten rahapelaamisesta koronavirusepidemian aikana. Kyselyllä kartoitetaan rahapelaamista, eli pelaamista, jossa pelin voitto tai tappio on rahaa tai rahan arvoinen. Tällaisia pelejä ovat esimerkiksi Veikkauksen pelit sekä ulkomaisten rahapelisivustojen pelit, kuten nettipokeri. Kysely ei koske muuta digitaalista pelaamista.

Kysely toteutetaan EHYT ry:n, A-klinikkasäätiön, Sosped-säätiön ja CEACG:n yhteistyönä. Kyselyyn voi vastata 21.3.2021 saakka.

Kysely on anonyymi, eikä kaikkiin kysymyksiin tarvitse vastata. Kysely on tarkoitettu kaikille yli 15-vuotiaille. Kyselyssä on omat linkit rahapelaajille ja läheisille suomeksi ja ruotsiksi. Olemme erittäin kiitollisia vastauksista ja kyselyn jakamisesta eteenpäin!

Jos olet rahapelaaja, vastaa kyselyyn tästä:

https://ehyt-ry-lv.creamailer.fi/survey/answer/gwhtctt1do2rj

Jos olet seurannut läheisesi rahapelaamista, vastaa kyselyyn tästä:

https://ehyt-ry-lv.creamailer.fi/survey/answer/4l2xydzrp4rnz

Länk till enkäten på svenska

Penningspelande under coronaepidemin -enkäten till penningspelare:

https://ehyt-ry-lv.creamailer.fi/survey/dnvokokatbuzh

Penningspelande under coronaepidemin -enkäten till närstående:

https://ehyt-ry-lv.creamailer.fi/survey/zsyssyszvwzsx

Lausunto arpajaislain muutoksesta

CEACG on toimittanut pyynnöstä lausunnon arpajaislain muutoksesta. Muutoksen pääasiallisena tavoitteena on vähentää ja ehkäistä rahapelihaittoja. Esitys sisältää myös tutkimuksen perusteella hyviä keinoja tähän, ml. pakollinen tunnistautuminen ja pelaajadatan hyödyntäminen haittojen seurantaa ja tutkimusta varten. Rahapelihaittojen ehkäisyn ja vähentämisen kannalta vielä keskeisempää on kuitenkin altistuksen ja saatuvuuden vähentäminen. Tästä huolimatta esitys ei sisällä ehdotusta luopua rahapeliautomaattien hajasijoitusjärjestelmästä.

CEACGin tutkimusnäyttöön perustuvan näkemyksen mukaan rahapeliautomaattien hajasijoituksesta luopuminen olisi kuitenkin keskeisin keino vähentää rahapelihaittoja, rahapelien näkyvyyttä ja myös rahapelaamisen normalisaatiota suomalaisessa yhteiskunnassa.

Lue lausunto: Lausunto ceacg.

Research assistant needed for a gambling harm indicator project

The Centre of Research for Addictions, Control, and Governance (CEACG) is a research unit at the University of Helsinki Faculty of Social Sciences. The research conducted at the group focuses on multidisciplinary approaches related to the control and regulation of addictions, lifestyles and mental health. CEACG is now looking for a

Research assistant

for a fixed period between February 15th, 2021 and August 15th, 2021 if working full time OR if working part time (50 %), for a fixed period between February 15th, 2021 and February 15th, 2022. There is flexibility to the dates.

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The brain as an epistemic project

The Finnish society for alcohol, drug, and gambling researchers (AHRTS) celebrated that it has passed 60 years since its establishment. Matilda Hellman was invited as anniversary celebration speaker. Her topic was “The contribution of neuroscience: how is it construed and how it is used?”

Hellman introduced the ERA-NET consortium of which she is the Principal Investigator (PI). The project focuses on the epistemic project of neuroscience in addiction.

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CEACGin lausunto arpajaislain uudistusta varten asiantuntijakuulemisessa 4.11.2020

Arpajaislakityöryhmän asiantuntijakuuleminen 4.11.2020

Virve Marionneau & Michael Egerer, CEACG, Helsingin yliopisto

Otamme kantaa Helsingin yliopiston CEACG-tutkimuskeskuksen puolesta teemoihin seuraavilta osin: 

1. Pakollisen tunnistautumisen laajentaminen hajasijoitetusta rahapeliautomaattipelaamisesta muuhun rahapelaamiseen ja peliestot. 

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CEACGin lausunto arpajaislain uudistusta varten sisäministeriön kuulemisessa 11.11.2020

Arpajaislakityöryhmän kuuleminen, 11.11.2020

Janne Nikkinen & Virve Marionneau, CEACG/Helsingin yliopisto

Otamme kantaa HY:n CEACG-tutkimuskeskuksen puolesta liittyen tunnistautumiseen, automaattien sijoitteluun ja markkinointiin. 

1. Pakollisen tunnistautumisen laajentaminen hajasijoitetusta rahapeliautomaattipelaamisesta muuhun rahapelaamiseen ja peliestot. 

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New methods for understanding gambling operators’ socioeconomic impact

European gambling companies have been organized to contribute to society in many ways. The main focus of the Political Economy of Gambling (PolEG) project is to investigate how this surplus created in gambling provision is circulated further in European societies. Particular attention is paid to different stakeholders and overlapping interests in political and economic action.

Two new reports by the PolEG project offer a broad understanding of the phenomenon and introduce new methodologies to compare Veikkaus and other European gambling companies: how to measure and compare the amounts they contribute to society and what kind of actors are at the receiving end. The reports also provide insight into the debate on how to better organize the gambling system, and what kind of alternatives are available.

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