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Tarja Tolonen, Doctor of Social Sciences,  Adjunct professor,  Senior Lecturer  in Sociology (Research on marginalization of children and young people)



I work as a Senior Lecturer in Sociology, since September 2013.  This lectureship is  specialized on research on marginalization of children and young people.  I am responsible of study module of childhood and youth, as well as teaching courses and master seminar on  themes considering children and young people.  In addition I supervise master and doctoral thesis.   I also teach within two networks: SOSNET and YUNET.

SOSNET is Finnish National University Network for Social Work,

YUNET is University Network of Youth Research in Finland.


-Senior Inspector at the Ministry of Education and Culture, Youth Department in 2011-13

– Research Coordinator in Youth Research Network 2010-11.

–  Researcher Fellow for 15 years at the Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki.

I have conducted research on various themes,  such as young people at school and at urban space,  their leisure time, as well as marginalization and success of young people.  In addition,  I have conducted research on social, spatial and educational transitions of young people.

My recent interests are dealing with marginalization, ethnicity, gender,  social class and culture in Finnish society as well as with ethnography and qualitative and longitudinal research.