The CEACG is a research unit at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The centre conducts research on social and lifestyle-related problems as well as on governance, control mechanisms and policies aiming at modifying and solving these problems.
The CEACG-researchers are involved in several national and international research projects. The centre is funded by outside sources. It has a research cooperation contract with the Finnish Institute for Welfare and Health.
Ongoing projects concern e.g. online marketing of gambling and food, European gambling policies, images of gambling, images of addiction in the mass media, among stakeholders and gatekeepers, welfare policies, mental health and public health policies in national contexts and in different institutional settings, and systems and strategies for handling substance abuse problems in families.
The center has specialized in four comprehensive areas of research:
1. Addiction: Behaviours, concepts and theories
2. Legal control and policies of gambling, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
3. The welfare state and its social and healthcare systems
4. Commercial operators and marketing of alcohol, gambling and food products
The CEACG functions both as a research center milieu and as a researcher group with associative partners from other institutions and research groups. The editorial office of the Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (NAD) journal operates also at the same premises.