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.
In July 2020, the World Health Organization launched the report “Alcohol marketing in the WHO European region: Update report on the evidence and recommended policy actions” (WHO, 2020), authored by CEACG researchers Mikaela Lindeman and Matilda Hellman.
CEACGin ja yhteistyökumppaneiden tutkimuksessa selvitetään rahapelaamista koronaviruksen aiheuttaman poikkeustilan aikana. Tutkimuskysely on nyt auki.
Kyselyn tarkoituksena on kerätä ihmisten kokemuksia siitä, onko koronavirusepidemian aiheuttama poikkeustila vaikuttanut jollain tapaa rahapelaamiseen Suomessa, ja jos on, niin millä tavoin. Kysely on suunnattu yli 18-vuotiaille henkilöille, jotka pelaavat tai jonka läheinen pelaa rahapelejä.
Osallistumalla tutkimukseen autat keräämään tietoa rahapelitarjonnan rajoituksista ja niiden vaikutuksista. Tuloksia käytetään myös peliongelmissa auttavien ja tukevien palvelujen kehittämiseen.
Riippuvuuksien, yhteiskunnallisen sääntelyn ja hallinnan tutkimuskeskus (CEACG) on tutkimusyksikkö Helsingin yliopiston valtiotieteellisessä tiedekunnassa. Ryhmän tutkimus keskittyy tarkastelemaan poikkitieteellisesti elämäntapoihin, riippuvuuksiin sekä mielenterveyteen liittyviä kontrolli- ja sääntelymekanismeja.
What’s so fascinating about addiction realities? Petteri Koivula’s doctoral dissertation work enquires into how addiction is performed as an illness of the brain in scientific and media practices. He explains why this can have meaningful implications for people with addiction.
With rapid advances in neurotechnology, such as neuroimaging, the brain has become the most prominent site for exploring addictive behaviours. Meanwhile, people’s capability to stay healthy and well-functioning is increasingly seen to be intimately connected to their capability to exercise personal agency. While finishing his master’s studies, Koivula got interested in this strange contradiction. How does the view of addiction as a brain disease affect addiction policies and treatment, and influence how people with addiction are viewed? A possibility to study this matter came about in 2018 within the CEACG project for the ethical implementation of addiction neuroscience (the A-BRAIN).
In a twist of fate French sociology student Sébastien Berret ended up conducting his PhD studies at the University of Helsinki. In our December edition of the Researcher of the Month series, Berret reveals how he found himself interested in gambling regulation policies – and moving from Paris to Pasila.
In his PhD work Berret is analyzing and comparing the lottery sector and its vested interests between Finnish, French and Hungarian gambling policy contexts.
– I look into how and why these systems are different, and what kind of underlying vested interests there are. The main objective is to define which kind of gambling contribution to society is the most redistributive.
Berret is also involved in the Political Economy of Gambling Academy project. The project focuses on the circulation of gambling revenues which benefits the public sector, operators and other beneficiaries through taxation, fees, direct contributions, by creating employment, and so on. Continue reading “System comparisons expose patters of inequality”
Starting from January 2020, the journal Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (NAD) will be collaborating with the University of Helsinki and CEACG!
The journal’s editorial staff will move to the premises of the university but the journal is still published by the Nordic Welfare Centre. The aim of the collaboration is to enhance the centre’s connection to academia. Read more on Nordic Welfare Centre’s web page!
The last couple of years Emmi Kauppila has been partaking in international meetings, lecturing about marketing in the social media. In our first profile piece for the series Researcher of the month, she unfolds her fascination for social media as an environment for marketing “vices” such as alcohol, sugary food and gambling.
CEACG’s latest report presents the first results from a study that inquires into opinions on gambling policy among residents in the city of Tampere. It is also the first study to examine city residents’ opinions on the upcoming casino.