Curriculum Vitae


Kaisa Kuurne (Ketokivi)
Uudisraivaajankuja 10 AS 1
FIN-00730 Helsinki, FINLAND                                                                                                                                         
Phone               +358 40 705 1243                   



Doctor of Social Sciences (Excellent marks)

Department of Social Research, Sociology, University of Helsinki (2010)

Dissertation “The Relational Self and the Social Bond and the Dynamics of  Personal Relationships. A Sociological Analysis”


Master of Social Sciences  (Excellent marks)

Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki (2003)

Major: sociology, Minors: philosophy and social psychology. 

Master-level coursework in sociology and philosophy at the University of  Minnesota (1998-1999)



Post-doctoral researcher in sociology

Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki (2010 – 2013) 

Part-time lecturer in sociology

Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki (2009 – present)

Seminar coordinator and chairperson 

Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, sociology research seminar (2006 – present)



Researcher in sociology

Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki (2004 – 2010) 

Part-time lecturer in sociology     

Adult Education Program, University of Helsinki (2007)

Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki (2004)  

 Research assistant

Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki (2003)

 Philosophy teacher 

 Haukilahti High School, Espoo, Finland school year (2000 – 2001)


Visiting Researcher

New York University, Institute for Public Knowledge, USA (3 months in 2010)

Visiting Research Fellow

University of Lausanne, Pavie Research Center, Switzerland (4  weeks in 2009)                                                           

Visiting Research Fellow

University of Leeds, CAVA – Centre, UK (6 weeks in 2006)

Research allocations, grants and prizes (recent)


2011               Finnish Cultural Foundation                                                                 Helsinki

Post-doctoral grant,  € 31 500 (second  year of a  three year project, 2010-2013)

2010                Finnish Cultural Foundation                                                                 Helsinki

Post-doctoral grant,  € 21 000 (first year of a  three year project, 2010-2013)

2009                Alfred Kordelin Foundation                                                                  Helsinki

To work on doctoral dissertation, € 4000 

2008-2009      Emil Aaltonen Foundation                                                                   Tampere

To dedicate to work on doctoral dissertation, 2 X € 20 300

2005-2007       Academy of Finland                                                                                Helsinki

Full-time employment in projects led by Prof. Riitta Jallinoja

2003            The Finnish Youth Research Society                                                      Helsinki 

Master’s Thesis Award, € 1500



Sociological concepts – Historical and critical perspectives

Master-level course (together with Dr. Katja Yesilova & Dr. Mianna Meskus) 

Embedded agency – Experience and social bonds 

Master-level course (together with Prof. Docent Marja-Liisa Honkasalo)

Introduction to sociology

Undergraduate course

Personal relationships and individualized society

Research seminar for advanced undergraduates

Perspectives to sociology

Advance placement course for high school students, arranged by University of Helsinki (together with Dr. Sinikka Aapola and MSocSci Eeva Luhtakallio)


Supervision of Master’s Theses


Viljamaa, Hanna (co-advised with professor Matti Kortteinen, graduated in 2009) on

personal narratives and relationships of single parents

Seppänen, Pekka (in progress) on the therapeutic understanding of couple

relationship by partnered men

Yan Liu (in progress), on the everyday routines in  Chinese day care

Lajunen, Anna (in progress) on the organization of informal care among older

married couples

Kangasmaa, Mari (in progress) on the relational dynamics of ’forbidden love’ rejected by others

Piiroinen, Miikka (in progress) on the life worlds and relations of the dying

Other Professional Activities


Editorial Review Board Member                                                                                         

Sosiologia’, Journal of the Finnish Sociological Association (2007-2009; 2010-present)


Finnish Medical Journal (2010- present)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Guest Editor                     

European Societies’, Special Issue “At a crossroads: Contemporary Lives between Fate and Choice”, (11(3)), Journal of European Sociological Association, ESA (2006-2009)

Ad Hoc Reviewer

Gaudeamus Helsinki University Press, book chapters (2008)


University of Joensuu, 1-year expert panel on the future of informal care (2007)

Invited Speaker

Morgan Centre for the Study of Personal Relationships, University of Manchester, UK (2006)

Co-editor (with Docent Sinikka Aapola)                                                                                                                                   

 The Finnish Youth Research Society, Anthology of sociological chapters on young people’s paths to adulthood, ‘Polkuja ja poikkeamia –  Aikuisuutta etsimässä’ (2005)

Instructor, lecturer, writer and consultant

Several contexts including the areas of health care and social work, family work, psychiatric care (contexts of professional and volunteer work); Journals that popularize science in the areas of health and social life