People

Matilda Hellman Dr.Soc.Sci, Docent
Research Director
Faculty of Social Sciences
matilda.hellman@helsinki.fi
Tel. +358 40 7600713
Matilda Hellman is head of the CEACG group. She is an internationally recognized sociologist of lifestyles and addictions. Hellman has published extensively and successfully managed and coordinated several international studies. Hellman holds many academic positions of trust and has developed qualitative and quantitative tools for cross-country comparisons. In 2018-2019 she is a guest scholar at the Center for Population and Developments Studies at Harvard University.


Saara Salmivaara, M.Soc.Sci
Coordinator
Faculty of Social Sciences
saara.salmivaara@helsinki.fi
Tel. +358504657352
Saara Salmivaara works as the coordinator of the group. Her research interests include sociology of health and illness, medical ethics, and science and technology studies.


Anna Alanko, Dr.Soc.Sci 
Deputy Director, Postdoctoral Researcher (on maternity leave)
Faculty of Social Sciences
anna.alanko@helsinki.fi
Alanko is the deputy director of CEACG. She also works as a postdoctoral researcher currently involved in the projects A-BRAIN (Addiction in the Brain: Ethically Sound Implementation in Governance) and PUBFUNC (The public image and function of gambling provision in Finland: Scrutinizing a policy system). Her research interests include concepts and policies related to mental health, addictions, gambling and the welfare system. Alanko defended her doctoral thesis ‘Improving Mental Health Care. Finnish mental health policy rationale in the era of dehospitalisation’ in September 2017. Before beginning her PhD research, she coordinated Nordic and international research projects related to health policy and the welfare state.


Sébastien Berret, M.Soc.Sci
Researcher
Faculty of Social Sciences
sebastien.berret@helsinki.fi
Sébastien Berret is a doctoral student in sociology, and he is involved in the Political Economy of Gambling project since 2018. Berret’s doctoral research analyses and compares the Finnish, French and Hungarian casino-type gambling markets in order to get a better comprehension of their economic and political contexts and impacts.


Michael Egerer, Dr.Soc.Sci
Deputy Director, University Researcher
Faculty of Social Sciences
michael.egerer@helsinki.fi
Tel. +358 2941 23919
In his PhD thesis Egerer studied the concept of addiction by considering problem (alcohol) drinking, gambling and eating as case examples. His postdoctoral work has mostly concerned gambling. Having studied the institutional context of framing addiction problems, he has now turned his attention increasingly to the institutional and regulatory framework of gambling.


Paula Jääskeläinen, M.Soc.Sci
Researcher
Faculty of Social Sciences
paula.p.jaaskelainen@helsinki.fi
Paula Jääskeläinen is a doctoral student. Her study focuses on the upcoming Tampere casino and its social, economic and political implications. In her thesis she combines perspectives from gambling studies and urban sociology.


Veera Kankainen, M.Soc.Sci
Researcher
Faculty of Social Sciences
veera.kankainen@helsinki.fi
Kankainen is a doctoral student and her thesis inquires into the role of civil society organizations as the beneficiaries of the Finnish gambling policy system. Besides civil society and gambling policies, Kankainen’s research interests also include health and welfare policies, governance and power relations, the voluntary sector, and the financing and provision of social services.


Anu Katainen, Dr.Soc.Sci,
University Lecturer
Faculty of Social Sciences
anu.h.katainen@helsinki.fi
Tel. +358 2941 23891
Katainen’s work covers public health and consumption in the intersection of social inequalities, substance use and health promotion efforts. Her doctoral dissertation (2011) concerned the social stratification of smoking behavior, and she has since studied distinctions related to culture and class in adolescents’ meaning-making of alcohol. Katainen is a university lecturer in social policy.


Emmi Kauppila, M.Soc.Sci
Research Assistant
Faculty of Social Sciences
emmi.kauppila@helsinki.fi
Kauppila is involved in the OMA-project, within which she has collected and coded the Finnish data. She has also developed the methodology for the project. Kauppila is finalizing her masters thesis work within this project and continuing her work as a doctoral student in 2018. In the summer of 2017 Kauppila worked as a research assistant in two other project: one concerned success narratives on gambling and the other concerned the media images of the brain disease model of addiction (BDMA). Kauppila has also written about how baby boomers conceptualize alcohol in a life trajectory perspective.


Tom Kettunen, M.Soc.Sci
Editor, Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
tom.kettunen@helsinki.fi
Tom Kettunen is the editor of Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs since 2012. His background is in philosophy and his academic interests include science publishing, publishing ethics, lifestyles and addictions. Kettunen is a member of the editorial board of Nordic Welfare Research, and a member of the institutional board on research ethics at THL.


Petteri Koivula, M.Soc.Sci
Researcher
Faculty of Social Sciences
petteri.koivula@helsinki.fi
Koivula is a doctoral student and his thesis inquires into how the agency of people with ‘addiction’ is constructed, performed and enacted through epistemic project(s) of brain-based addiction. His research interests include ontological politics of ‘addiction’, drug use, drug policy, science and technology studies, new materialism and philosophy of science.


Tuulia Lerkkanen, M.Soc.Sci
Research Assistant
Faculty of Social Sciences
tuulia.lerkkanen@helsinki.fi
Lerkkanen is specialized in media representations of gambling and part of the PUBFUNC-project. In addition to the public image of gambling and gambling policy, she has studied media representations of asylum seekers, migrants and refugees and published both academic and popular texts on this subject.


Mikaela Lindeman, M.Soc.Sci
Researcher
Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies
Lindeman is a political scientist whi has previously worked at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and at the Nordic Welfare Centre. She has been involved in several international projects on alcohol policy, is currently a researcher in the Online Marketing of Alcohol-project (OMA). The project looks at online marketing and advertising of alcohol in Sweden and in Finland in the light of recent policy changes, asking whether regulation of online advertising is possible and relevant from a public health perspective. Lindeman is funded by the Finnish foundation for alcohol studies.


Virve Marionneau, Dr.Soc.Sci
Researcher
Faculty of Social Sciences
virve.marionneau@helsinki.fi
Virve Marionneau completed her PhD in sociology in 2015 with a comparative study on gambling in Finland and France. Her current research focuses on gambling policies and the redistribution of gambling revenues, as well as qualitative and comparative methodologies. Marionneau has co-authored and edited two international books on gambling policies.


Riitta Matilainen, Dr. Soc.Sci,
Researcher
Faculty of Social Sciences
riitta.matilainen@helsinki.fi
Tel. +358405176574
Matilainen defended her doctoral thesis ‘Production and consumption of recreational gambling in twentieth-century Finland‘ in November 2017. She specializes in Nordic gambling history and intersectionality of gambling. Her research interests include gambling studies, history of consumption, and history of alcohol use and temperance movement. Matilainen is a grant researcher in economic and social history.


Janne Nikkinen, Dr. theol., Title of Docent
University Researcher
Faculty of Social Sciences
janne.nikkinen@helsinki.fi
Janne Nikkinen obtained his doctorate in theology in 2007, with the thesis “Ideological notions in health care rationing: Case examples from Oregon, New Zealand, and Finland”. His academic interest related to gambling spans a range of issues, from regulatory affairs to prevention of problem gambling. He is also the Principal Investigator of the project “Responsible Investment and the Food Sector – Socio-ethical Reflections” (2016-2018).


Yaira Obstbaum, Dr.Soc.Sci
Postdoctoral Researcher
Institute for criminology and legal policy
yaira.obstbaum@helsinki.fi
Obstbaum’s research interests span law and society, criminology and social aspects of alcohol and drugs and gambling. She is currently working with barriers to and access to justice among Finnish citizens using survey methods. Her doctoral thesis dealt with developments in prisoners’ substance abuse problems, new individualized approaches to rehabilitation in Finnish prisons, and overall changes in the institutional division of labor in handling of substance abuse related harm. She has previously worked as a project coordinator for alcohol and drug projects at the Nordic Welfare Centre (NVC).


Jussi Perälä, Dr.Soc.Sci
Researcher
Faculty of Social Sciences
jussi.perala@helsinki.fi
Tel. +358 2941 24759
Perälä completed his dissertation in sociology in 2011 at the University of Helsinki. Starting 2015 he has worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Social Research in a research project funded by the Kone Foundation. Perälä’s research involves ethnography. At the moment he examines collisions between legislation and an outlaw motorcycle subculture, and particularily dimensions of such clashes that are difficult to perceive clearly from the viewpoint of legislation.


Arto Ruuska, M.Soc.Sci
Researcher
Faculty of Social Sciences
arto.ruuska@helsinki.fi
Ruuska’s research interests lie in the fields of intellectual history, history of medicine, and social theory. He has published and lectured on topics ranging from Scottish Enlightenment social theory to history of ideas on addiction, and the sociological aspects of criminal economy.


Janne Stoneham
Research Assistant
Faculty of Social Sciences
janne.stoneham@helsinki.fi
Janne Stoneham is working as a research assistant within the A-BRAIN research project. He is currently finishing his Master’s degree studies in Contemporary Societies at the University of Helsinki. His primary research interests lie in consumption, health, sustainability and identity.


Pekka Sulkunen
Professor Emeritus
Faculty of Social Sciences
pekka.sulkunen@helsinki.fi
Tel. +358 2941 21738
Professor emeritus Pekka Sulkunen founded the CEACG group in 2011. He has authored several books on social theory, cultural studies, addictions and preventive social policy, including The Saturated Society: Regulating Risk and Lifestyle in Consumer Culture (1st edition Sage 2009; 2nd edition Unigrafia 2016). President of the European Sociological Association 2011-2013.


Stella Wahlström
Technical Assistant, M.Sc. (Technology)
Faculty of Social Sciences
stella.wahstrom@helsinki.fi
Stella Wahlström works as a technical assistant in the project Online marketing of gambling, within which she collects, codes and analyses data related to gambling marketing on social media. Her interests are in analytics and she is intrigued by the ongoing debate about the Finnish gambling agency Veikkaus.


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Franca Beccaria, Dr.Alcohology
Research Director
Eclectica Institute for Research and Training (Turin, Italy)
beccaria@eclectica.it
Franca Beccaria is the head of the research unit at Eclectica Institute for research and training that she founded in 1998 in Turin, Italy. She is an internationally well-known sociologist, working on drinking culture, drug consumption, addiction, lifestyles and policies. She has participated in many cross-countries studies and led several research projects with about 150 publications. She has the Italian qualification of Associate professor in sociology and the position of docent at the University of Helsinki. She is the vice director of the European Masters in Alcohol and Drug Studies (EMDAS) at the University of Piemonte Orientale (IT).


Sara Rolando, Dr.Soc.Sci
Researcher
Eclectica Institute for Research and Training (Turin, Italy)
rolando@eclectica.it
Sara Rolando has been working as a social researcher at Eclectica since 2007. After several years of collaboration with Finnish research teams, she achieved her doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, Finland, with a thesis comparing youth drinking cultures in different geographies. An expert in qualitative, web-based, and comparative methods, her main research interests are alcohol, gambling, drugs, and other addictive behaviours, which she has been investigating from different perspectives including cultures, careers, prevention, policies. She is currently working in PolEG 2018-2022 project on gambling revenues in seven European countries.


Sanna Rönkä, Dr.Soc.Sci
Senior Specialist
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
sanna.ronka@thl.fi
Rönkä’s current research projects focus on social aspects of drug use. She employs both quantitative and qualitative methods in her work, and operates in the fields of sociology, social epidemiology and criminology. Her PhD thesis examined polydrug-related deaths in the context of pharmaceuticalisation. Currently she is also responsible for drug monitoring at the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL). Rönkä has a broad experience in coordinating several expert networks. Her research interests concern also use and harm of other substances and addictive behaviours, and specifically their societal implications.


Riikka Perälä, Dr.Soc.Sci
Coordinator of Development and Advocacy Work
Finnish Association for Substance Abuse Prevention Ombudsman Activity
riikka.perala@ehyt.fi
Riikka Perälä’ research interests cover the transformations in the government-civil society relationship in Finland in the beginning of 21st century and the position of the most marginalized citizen groups in these transformations. Her latest publications concerned opioid substitution treatment and ‘housing first’ initiatives in the field of mental health and substance abuse treatment. In her current position, she follows actively the development of national policies and legislation related to substance abuse treatment.


Johan Svensson, Dr.Soc.Sci.
The Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs (CAN), and Department of Public Health Sciences, Stockholm University
johan.svensson@can.se
Johan Svensson has a background in Public Health Science. His research has come to focus especially on two areas; trends in youth alcohol consumption and gambling among youth. Since 2017 he investigates online marketing of alcohol and gambling. Svensson is the principal executive investigator for the Swedish part of the Online Marketing of Alcohol (OMA) project. The project looks at online marketing and advertising of alcohol in Sweden and in Finland in the light of recent policy changes, asking whether regulation of online advertising is possible and relevant from a public health perspective.