Three new titles cover brain, COVID-19 and gambling industry

Picture taken at CEACG:s spring gathering at Tervasaari on June 11th, 2021.

Three large work entities have kept the CEACG community busy this spring.

This week a work group led by Matilda Hellman is submitting an upcoming monograph about the epistemic project of addiction in the brain.

In the book we introduce a whole new approach and theoretical concept which is the ’EPAB’ – the epistemic project of addiction in the brain. To author a monograph with many people is challenging enough: to do so regarding a new theoretical contribution and with people who sit in different parts of the world during a time when you cannot meet face to face has been the biggest challenge of my career, explains Hellman, adding: – It has been a hectic time, to say the least.

Hellman explains that a common view on and vision about where the empirical sub-studies were taking the project needed to be communicated on different internet-based document platforms and on numerous Zoom-meetings. The solution was found in a production model with teams with different tasks. The group kept track of the work in an Excel with an overview of the parallel processes.

The teams worked both back to back and simultaneously with different chapters. As a project leader, this means you need to have systems for keeping track of the project as a whole. In the end, the best decision I made was to involve two other persons in the academic leadership, Michael Egerer and Janne Stoneham, says Hellman.

The title will be published by Palgrave MacMillan in early 2022. The work is part of the ERA-NET funded A-BRAIN-project. The authors are Matilda Hellman, Michael Egerer, Janne Stoneham and Vilja Männistö from CEACG, Sarah Forberger and Doris Ochterbeck from Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology (BIPS) and Samantha Rundle from CAMH Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada.

Two edited volumes

In August is the next book manuscript delivery: an edited volume on how lives, health and people have been governed in societies all over the world during the COVID-19-pandemic. The editors are Matilda Hellman, Tom Kettunen, Saara Salmivaara and Janne Stoneham. Authors representing eight countries (Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, India, Italy, Sweden, and the UK) have been involved. The book is published by Routledge.

A third new project is seeing daylight when the  book “Global gambling industry: Structures, tactics, and networks of impact” edited by Janne Nikkinen, Virve Marionneau and Michael Egerer will be published by Springer. Together with an international team of 24 authors representing 12 countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, India, Italy, Malawi, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, and United Kingdom), they provide an overview of the state of gambling across the globe.

A well-deserved summer vacation is coming up for all people involved on these projects.

Well done and congratulations!