Education and degrees awarded

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Turku School of Economics, economic sociology (2004)
  • Docent: economic and structural sociology, University of Easter Finland; economic sociology, Turku School of Economics

Current position

  • Professor of Sociology (tenured), University of Turku (2012)
  • Director of INVEST Research Flagship Center, University of Turku

Previous work experience

  • Head of sociology unit, sociology, University of Turku, 2012-2019
  • Visiting Fellow. Department of Sociology / CIQLE, Yale University, USA, 2011
  • Academy Research Fellow of Academy of Finland, Univ. Turku, Dept. of Social Research, 2009-2014.
  • Research fellow, Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, Univ, Turku, 2009
  • Senior researcher, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, 2008-2009
  • Visiting Fellow, European University Institute, Italy, 2006-2007
  • Post doc researcher of Academy of Finland, Economic sociology, Turku Sch. Econ. , 2005-2008
  • Researcher, Åbo Akademi, ISES, 2004
  • Researcher, Economic sociology, Turku Sch. Econ. 2003-2004,
  • Assistent, Economic sociology, Turku Sch. Econ. 2001-2005
  • Assistant, sociology, Univ. Turku, 2000
  • Researcher, sociology, Univ. Turku, 1998-2000
  • Researcher with a grant, sociology, Univ. Turku, 1997-1998.
  • Civil servant trainee, National Research Institute of Legal Policy, Helsinki, 1997

Research projects

  • Inequalities, Interventions, and the New Welfare State (INVEST). Academy of Finland Flagship Funding, 2019-2026
  • Life Course Dynamics of Educational Tracking (LIFETRACK). Norface DIAL, PI Steffen Schindler,  2018-2021
  • Inequality, early adult life courses and economic outcomes at mid-life in comparative context (EQUALLIVES). Norface DIAL, PI Susan Harkness, 2018-2021
  • PI of research project: Intergenerational Cumulative Disadvantage and Resource Compensation (INDIRECT). European Research Council Consolidator Grant 4/2014-3/2019. European Union
  • Intergenerational Cumulative Disadvantage and Resource Compensation (INDIRECT). European Research Council Consolidator Grant 2014-2019
  • Intergenerational accumulative disadvantages in Turku and other city environments. City of Turku Research Programme 2015-2016.
  • Life-course, disadvantageous experiences and socioeconomic inheritance – research group. Academy of Finland, Alli Paasikivi Foundation, 2011-2014
  • Academy researcher’s grant: “Life-course, disadvantageous experiences and socioeconomic inheritance”. Academy of Finland, 2009-2014
  • TIAS collegium researcher: “Intergenerational socio-economic transmission of inequality: family background, life-course, skill and traits”, 2009-2012
  • Academy post doc grant: “Pathways to inequality ? a drain or own trail? Macro- and micro-level explanations of inter- and intragenerational social mobility and inequality of opportunity”. Academy of Finland, 2005-2008

Positions of trust in scientific and scholarly societies

  • Board member of Turku Center for Welfare Research
  • Luxemburg Income Study, Advisory Board member


  • Editorial advisory board member of Social Forces-journal, 2014-
  • Editor of Acta Sociologica, 2015-2018
  • Editor and founder of Research on Finnish Society -journal, 2007-2013
  • Reviewer for Acta Sociologica, Advances in Life Course Research, American Journal of Public Health, American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Current Sociology, Demographic Research, European Sociological Review, Janus, Journal of Economic Research, Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Open Sociology, Sociology (BSA), Sociological Quarterly, Young

Societal impact

  • “Luokkakone” (Social Class Test Machine), a web test with Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, 2014
  • Blogger for Academy of Finland, 2011-

For further details, see full CV.