Ongoing projects

Silent agents affected by legislation: from an insufficient knowledge base to inclusive solutions (SILE, 2020-)

The project aims to acquire a profound understanding of the position of silent agents in the knowledge base of legislative processes that concern them, exploring epistemic struggles and questions of representation. Another aim is to disclose mechanism by which impacts occur due to the implementation of legislation. The analyses focus on silent agents whose social position arouses morally charged tensions.

Funding: The Strategic Research Council, Academy of Finland
Partners: University of Helsinki, University of Turku, Tampere University, University of Lapland, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and Frisky & Anjoy Oy.
Principal Investigator: Kati Rantala, University of Helsinki
Participants from CEACG: Anu Katainen, Veera Kankainen and Josefin Westermarck are involved in Work Package 5 concerning mental health, substance use and consumer related debt.

 

TRESINO – Studying the impact and contexts of the new casino in Tampere

The CEACG studies the new casino in Tampere in various dimensions. Currently TRESINO consists of two active projects and one network.

TRESINO group
This group is a network to pool expertise, data and studies on the new casino in Tampere. It convenes 4-6 times a year.
Coordinator: Michael Egerer
Partners: National Institute of Health and Welfare (THL), University of Tampere, & Peluuri-helpline, Tiltti, and Peliklinikka

The new Tampere casino: Laying foundations for a longitudinal qualitative study on the impact on gambling behaviour, harm, and the community
The availability of gambling plays a considerable role in gambling consumption. Yet, the impact of availability changes in one type of game on the overall game portfolio and ensuing developments in kind and degree of gambling harm are so far only remotely understood. Also, the comprehension of the underlying mechanisms between availability and gambling consumption as well as the wider impacts on the community remain limited. This is a matter of utmost importance for sound gambling regulation. The proposed study contributes to finding answers to these questions by conducting a longitudinal qualitative interview study in the context of the opening of Tampere’s first casino.
Funding: The Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies (ATS)
Scientific Advisory Board: Prof. Søren Kristiansen (Aalborg University, Denmark), Prof. Nigel Turner (The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health CAMH, Toronto/Canada)
Participants: Michael Egerer (PI), Paula Jääskeläinen

Gambling as Part of a Regional Experience Economy Concept: A Socio-spatial Evaluation of the New Tampere Casino (2019-)
The study focuses on the Tampere casino project and its social, economic and political expectations by different stakeholders.
Funding: The Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (STM), The Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies (ATS)
Participants: Paula Jääskeläinen (doctoral dissertation project), Matilda Hellman & Michael Egerer (supervision)

 

Online Marketing of Gambling (2018-)

The Online Marketing of Gambling project analyzes how gambling operators on the Finnish and Swedish gambling markets utilize social media platforms for commercial communication and image building. The project is concerned with content of the communication, and if/to what extent that changed between the years 2017 and 2020. During this period Finland and Sweden’s gambling policy developed in opposite directions, as Finland remained having a monopoly market, whereas Sweden became a license-based gambling market in January 2019.
Funding: Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Section 52 of the lotteries act. Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. The Swedish part is supported by funding from the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte) under grant 2017-0174 and from Svenska Spel research council under grant FO2016-0017.
Partners: Johan Svensson, The Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs (CAN)/ Stockholms universitet, Department of Public Health Sciences & Robin Nilsson, The Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs (CAN)
Participants from CEACG: Matilda Hellman (PI), Veera Kankainen, Mikaela Lindeman, Vilja Männistö. Previously Stella Wahlström and Emmi Kauppila have also been involved in the project.

 

A-BRAIN – Addiction in the Brain: Ethically Sound Implementation in Governance (2018-2022)

The A-BRAIN project concerns the implementation of the Brain Disease Model of Addiction (BDMA) and its possible implications for policy and practice.
Funding: ERA NET ELSA-NEURON, Academy of Finland, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Fonds de recherche Santé, Quebec
Partners: Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS, Centre de Recherche, CHU Ste-Justine, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), University of Helsinki (UH)
Participants from Finland: Matilda Hellman (PI), Anna Alanko, Michael Egerer, Petteri Koivula, Susanne Uusitalo, Amanda Häkkinen, Janne Stoneham

 

Brain Based Addiction: Implications for Views on Agency (AGENCY, 2018-2022)

The study inquires into how agency of people with addictions materializes in the implementation of the Brain Disease Model of Addiction (BDMA) in general epistemic and popular constructs; in policy, media and practice and treatment settings. AGENCY-project is entangled with the A-BRAIN consortium.
Funding: Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation
Partners: Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS, Centre de Recherche, CHU Ste-Justine, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Participants: Petteri Koivula (doctoral dissertation project)

 

Political Economy of Gambling – Circulation of value and vested interests (PolEG, 2018-2022)

Gambling creates revenue to public purses, operators and other beneficiaries through taxation, direct contributions, fees and by creating employment and investment. Offshore and cross-border operators attempt to enter the lucrative markets, while established gambling providers seek to safeguard their acquired market positions. This study focuses on the circulation of value from gambling to different beneficiaries, and different types of vested interests that may influence these processes.
Research questions: How much value is generated through gambling in European countries, how it is circulated between stakeholders, and what kind of vested interests are involved.
The questions will be answered by comparing the political economy of gambling in seven European countries, using econometric data, official documentation and key informant interviews. The results will inform on the importance of gambling funds to European economies and the kinds of vested interests that may hinder effective policies.
Funding: Academy of Finland
Research lead: Pekka Sulkunen
Participants from Finland: Janne Nikkinen, Virve Marionneau, Sébastien Berret
Partners: ECLECTICA (Italy)

 

The Political and Economic Contexts of Casino-type Gambling in Finland, France and Hungary – A Comparative Analysis (2018-)

The research analyses and compares the Finnish, French and Hungarian casino-type gambling markets since the 1970s in order to get a better comprehension of their economic and political contexts and impacts, at the national and local level.
Research question: What are the economic and political implications of casino-type gambling in Finland, France and Hungary?
The objective is to provide analysis and information on the economic and political implications of the Finnish, French and Hungarian casino-type gambling markets and how they influence the structure of this industry since the 1970s. The circulation of value from casino-type gambling to beneficiaries is also analyzed by focusing on the underlying vested interests in each context; and the political competition between these groups.
Funding: The Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies (ATS)
Participant: Sébastien Berret (doctoral dissertation project)
This research is connected with the ongoing project “Political Economy of Gambling: circulation of value and vested interests” (PolEG).

 

A Finn Always Wins – A Qualitative Analysis of the Public Good That Gambling Policies Create (2015-)

In Finland, the profits of the gambling monopoly are distributed to the various non-profit organizations as the form of the state grants. This dissertation project studies the governance and justification of these grants. The project especially focuses on the position of the welfare promoting non-profit organizations as the receivers of the grants.
Funding: The Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies
Participant: Veera Kankainen (doctoral dissertation project)