CV

 

CURRENT AFFILILIATIONS

Professor of Demography, Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki (October 2009–)

Visiting Professor, Centre for Health Equity Studies, University of Stockholm/Karolinska Institutet (Novenmber 2015–)

Research Affiliate, Population Studies Centre, University of Pennsylvania (January 2010–)

Research Affiliate, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (January 2015–)

 

PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE

Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki (January 2007 – September 2009)

Acting Professor of Demography

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki (September 2005 – December 2007)

Fellow

Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki (September 2005 – September 2009)

University Lecturer with a special emphasis on quantitative sociology (on leave of absence)

Academy of Finland, Health Research Council (September 2000 August 2005)

Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki

Medical Research Council (UK) (May 1999 September 2009)

Senior research fellow at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London and at the Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki

National Institute of Ageing (USA) & Academy of Finland (January 1997 April 1999)

Senior research fellow at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London and at the Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki

Academy of Finland, Social Sciences Research Council (January 1994 January 1997)

Researcher at the Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki

Academy of Finland, Medical Research Council (July 1993 December 1993)

Researcher at the Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki

Academy of Finland, Medical Research Council (July 1990 June 1993)

Doctoral programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science

University of Helsinki, Department of Sociology (January 1990 June 1990)

Researcher

University of Helsinki, Department of Sociology (May 1987 September 1989)

Research assistant (part-time)

 

RECENT RESEARCH FUNDING

Programme grant from the Academy of Finland 2016–2020 (Finland) ‘Social consequences of parental and childhood illness’, principal investigator: EUR 500,000.

Horizon 2020 grant, 2016-2020 ‘Promoting Mental Wellbeing In The Ageing Urban Population: Determinants, Policies And Interventions In European Cities’, participant team leader EUR 400 000

NordForsk grant, 2016-2018 ‘Contingent life-courses’, participant team leader, EUR 300 000

Programme grants from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, 2013 (Finland) ‘Trends in social inequalities in mortality in Finland’, principal investigator, EUR 60,000.

University of Helsinki grant for Excellence in the Research and Doctoral Training 2013–2016 (Finland) ‘Center for Population Health and Society (CPHS)’, principal investigator: EUR 270,000.

Research Programme grant from the Academy of Finland 2013–2015 (Finland) ‘Accumulation of social disadvantage over the life-course and across generations in youth’, principal investigator: EUR 600,000.

Research Programme grant from the  Academy of Finland 2011–2015 (Finland) ‘The implications of changing family structures and population ageing on long-term housing trajectories, housing wealth and health, and nursing home residence’, principal investigator: EUR 520,000.

Programme grant from the Academy of Finland 2011–2015 (Finland) ‘Socio-demographic determinants of mortality and end-of-life care use in ageing populations’, principal investigator: EUR 400,000.

EU 7th Framework ‘Developing methodologies to reduce inequalities in the determinants of health, DEMETRIQ’, 2011–2013, partner and work package leader, EUR 337,000

TEKES grant ‘Insurance innovations and financial risks due to long term care’. Funding received with ETLA, principal co-investigator, EUR 114,000.

Programme grants from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, 2009 and 2010 (Finland) ‘Trends in social inequalities in mortality in Finland’, principal investigator, EUR 110,000.

EU – Executive Agency for Health and Consumers 2009–2012. ‘The potential for reduction of health inequalities in Europe’, work package leader, EUR 125,000

Consortium grant from the Academy of Finland, 2009–2012 (Finland) ‘Health trajectories from midlife to postretirement ages: An international multi-centre study’ Research Programme on Responding to Public Health Challenges, co-principal investigator, EUR 200,000.

EU – DG SANCO 2009–2011. ‘Socioeconomic inequalities in mortality: evidence and policies in cities of Europe’, partner. EUR 30,000

Population Aging Research Center Pilot Project 2008–2009. ‘Early life conditions and familial correlations in cause-specific mortality in Finland’: co-investigator with Irma Elo, EUR 25,000

Consortium grant from the Academy of Finland, 2008–2011 (Finland) ‘The effects of labour-market change on well-being and health: longitudinal analyses of individuals, families and establishments’ Research Programme on the Future of Work and Well-being, principal investigator, EUR 650,000.

Programme grant from the Health Sciences Research Council, Academy of Finland, 2008–2011 (Finland) ‘Longitudinal Analyses of Social Determinants of Health in a Comparative Perspective’ (co-applicant): EUR 240,000.

Programme grants from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, 2007 and 2008 (Finland) ‘Trends in social inequalities in mortality in Finland’, principal investigator, EUR 110,000.

EU 6th Framework. ‘Major aging and gender issues in Europe’, MAGGIE, 2007–2009, partner and work package leader, funding for a junior researcher (Elina Nihtilä) in Finland for three years, EUR 100,000

Programme grant from the Health Sciences Research Council, Academy of Finland 2006–2009 (Finland) ‘A comparative study of social inequalities in health in Japan, Britain and Finland’, principal investigator: EUR 200,000.

Programme grant from the Health Sciences Research Council, Academy of Finland 2005–2006 (Finland) ‘Social determinants of health and mortality in ageing populations’, principal investigator: EUR 100,000.

Programme grant from the Health Sciences Research Council, Academy of Finland 2005–2007 (Finland) ‘A comparative study of the complex determinants of social inequalities in health’ (co-applicant): EUR 150,000.

Research grant from the Finnish Work Environment Fund 2005–2006, ‘Health, sickness absence, early retirement, and mortality among employees, The Helsinki Health Study’: EUR 50,000 (co-applicant).

Programme grant from the Health Sciences Research Council, Academy of Finland, 2004–2007 (Finland), ‘Marital status, living arrangements and health: trends, comparisons and causes’: EUR 200.000 (co-applicant).

EU 5th Framework. ‘The Future of Elderly Living Conditions in Europe’, FELICIE, 2003–2005, partner: funding for a junior researcher (Elina Nihtilä) in Finland for three years.

 

SUPERVISION

I am actively involved in the training of post-graduate researchers. Under my supervision the following PhDs have been completed:

Tiina Pensola ‘From past to present: effect of lifecourse on mortality, and social class differences in mortality’; 2003.

Kaisla Joutsenniemi ‘Living arrangements and health’; 2007.

Karoliina Harkonmäki ‘Predictors of disability retirement: from early intentions to retirement’; 2007.

Akseli Aittomäki ‘Social-class inequalities in ill health – the contribution of physical workload’; 2008.

Elina Nihtilä ‘Determinants of institutional care at older ages in Finland’; 2010.

Netta Mäki ‘Not in all walks of life? Social differences in suicide mortality’; 2010

Kimmo Herttua ‘The effects of the 2004 reduction in the price of alcohol on alcohol-related harm in Finland – a natural experiment based on register data; 2010.

Irene Ferro ‘A dynamic analysis of change in the socio-economic status after retirement’; 2010 from the Department of Statistics “Giuseppe Parenti” in Florence.

Elina Laaksonen  ‘A comparative study of social inequalities in health in Finland and Britain’; 2010

Hanna Remes ‘Social determinants of childhood and early adulthood mortality’; 2012

Kustaa Piha  ‘Social determinants of sickness absence’; 2013

Mikko Aaltonen ‘Socioeconomic differences in crime and victimization’; 2013

Taina Leinonen ‘Disability retirement: socioeconomic differences and health outcomes’; 2014

 

Currently supervised PhD students: Niina Metsä-Simola (Health after divorce), Anu Polvinen (Socio-economic status and cause-specific disability retirement), Jessica Nisen (Education and fertility), Outi Sirniö (Social mobility in Finland 1970–2010), Lasse Tarkiainen (The effects income on health and mortality) and Fanny Kilpi (The socioeconomic determinants of survival).

 

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES, PEER REVIEWING ACTIVITIES AND EDITORSHIP

Member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), the Population Association of America (PAA), the European Association of Population Studies (EAPS), the International Epidemiological Association (IEA), the European Public Health Association (EUPHA), the Finnish Demographic Society, the Society of Social Medicine in Finland and The Westermarck Society (the Finnish Sociological Society).

Reviewer of article manuscripts for most of the major international demographic and public-health/epidemiology journals: Population Studies, Demographic Research, Social Science & Medicine, Epidemiology, the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health, Ethnicity and Health, the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, the American Journal of Public Health, the International Journal of Epidemiology, the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, The Lancet, Acta Sociologica and Yhteiskuntapolitiikka.

International grant-application reviewer for the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Nuffield Foundation, the Royal Society, FAS/FORTE and the Wellcome Trust.

Docentship evaluator for the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Helsinki, 2004, and for the Department of Social Policy, University of Helsinki, Promotions Committee at University College London, Professorial Evaluation Committee University of Oslo.

Session organiser for various conferences, most recently The IUSSP XXVI International Population Conference at Marrakech, Morocco, 2009.

Associate Editor, International Journal of Epidemiology, 2000–

Associate Editor, Acta Sociologica, 2011–2015

 

CONSULTATION AND MEMBERSHIP OF ADVISORY GROUPS

Member of the steering group developing research data at the Statistics Finland 2008–

Expert for the panel on the organisation and funding of Pensions in Finland, the Rantala Pension Committee’, 2009

Expert for the panel on the organisation and funding of statistical data collection in Finland working under the Ministry of Finance, 2009

Member of an advisory group attached to the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs to reduce social inequalities in health, 2007–

Member of the steering committee attached to the National Institute for Health and Welfare designing health monitoring instruments 2009–

Member of the advisory group attached to the National Institute for Health and Welfare planning research on determinants of independent living among the elderly, 2007–

Member of the advisory group attached to the National Institute for Health and Welfare planning the provision of health-monitoring information on the regional level, 2007–

Representative of the University of Helsinki on the Advisory Committee for the Finnish Social Science Data Archive, 2007–2010.

Member of the Academy of Finland delegation ‘Ageing in Finland’ which visited Japan in 2004.

Member of the European Association for Population Studies working groups ‘Health and Mortality’ and ‘Elderly Living Conditions’, 2003–2005.

Interviewed as an expert on family roles for the ‘Cultural and linguistic differences in digital storage and retrieval of information’ project, funded by the Academy of Finland and directed from Åbo Akademi University Department of Informatics.

Member of a preparatory group for the Center for Register Research, a support group for register-based research in Finland, Health Research Council, Academy of Finland, 2002.

Co-ordinator of the ‘International Comparison of Health Differences in Japan-England-Finland’ study, 1999-

Expert consultant on unemployment and health for the ‘Health in Finland 2000’ publication for the National Public Health Institute and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Autumn 2000.

Partner of the BIOMED 1 project ‘Socio-economic inequalities in morbidity and mortality in Europe: a comparative study’.

The United Kingdom Health Equity Group, Office of Health Economics, Whitehall: invited member of the inaugural meeting, March 2000.

The European Science Foundation Scientific Program: membership of Working Group II (Health effects of stressful environments in adult life: the interaction of biological and psychosocial factors) of the Social Variations in Health Expectancy in Europe, 1999–

The Medical Research Council (United Kingdom), Social and Public Health Sciences Unit: consultation for the Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (United Kingdom) Programme ‘Health and Wellbeing’, autumn 1999.

Health Canada (the Canadian government’s federal department of health): consultation for a systematic review of the association between unemployment/working conditions and health, 1998–2002.

 

RECENT SELECTED INVITED KEYNOTE LECTURES ABROAD

Opening seminar of the Max Planck Odense Center for the Biodemography of Aging. Invited speaker  ‘Aging and social differences in health and mortality: The effects of education and living arrangements on mortality and long-term institutional care’ January 2013.

University College London, Epidemiology and Public Health, 2011.Invited speaker ‘Linked population registration data of the Finnish population: Socio-demographic differences in mortality and long-term institutional care’

Nuffield College sociology seminar, Oxford 2011. Invited speaker ‘Social determinants of long-term institutional and hospital care use at the end of life’

University of Stockholm, Register based Demographic Research, Stockholm 2010. Invited speaker ‘Seven-year hospital and nursing home care use according to age and proximity to death: variations by cause of death and socio-demographic position’

Centre for Social Epidemiology & Population Health, University of Michigan, 2010. Invited speaker ‘Differential mortality by income in Finland: analyses of various income definitions, time trends and adjustment for other socioeconomic factors over the life course’

Major Ageing and Gender Issues in Europe. Marrakech 2009. Invited speaker ‘Gender differences in institutional care at older ages in Finland and Belgium’

Turin course on longitudinal and life-course studies, 2009. Invited speaker ‘Linked population registration data of the Finnish population. Data description and two examples: Unemployment and income effects on mortality’

Nordic group for register based studies, Helsinki, 2009. Invited speaker ‘Linked population registration data of the Finnish population: Socio-demographic differences in mortality and long-term institutional care’

Center for Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 2008. Invited speaker ‘Linked population registration data of the Finnish population: Socio-demographic differences in mortality and long-term institutional care’

Census Microdata: findings and futures, Manchester, 2008. Invited Speaker ‘Socio-demographic determinants of entry into and exit from long-term institutional care – a linked register based follow-up study of older Finns’

Harvard University, Invited by Prof Christakis, 2007. Talk ‘Finnish population registration data: research examples on social differences in health and wellbeing’

 

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