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Professor, Entrepreneurship
Dr.Sc.(Econ.) in economic sociology


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Areas of expertise

economic sociology
forms of work
qualitative research methods and methodology
science and technology studies
gender studies.


Anne Kovalainen is economic sociologist by training and works as Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Knowhow at the Turku School of Economics, University of Turku. She is director of Academy of Finland Strategic Research Council consortium Smart Work in Platform Economy (SWiPE, 2016-2019) and co-PI of Nordic Network on Care Crisis. In 2018 she was invited as visiting scholar at Harvard University.  She has also worked as invited faculty fellow at Stanford University School of Sciences and Humanities, at Massachusetts University, at London School of Economics and Political Science and University of Technology Sydney, to mention a few.

She has worked as Minna Canth Academy Professor, as Vice-Chair of Research Council for Culture and Society at Academy of Finland, and as Member of the Standing Committee for Social Sciences at the European Science Foundation (SCSS/ESF). In those roles, she has planned and executed research programmes at national and international levels. She serves international funding organizations. She has served as Board Member of Finnish Innovation Fund (SITRA), University of Turku Board, Finnish Academy of Science and Letters Board, and NORFACE (chair and board) and ESA Boards.

She is editorial board member of ISBJ and JGER journals, and editorial board member of American Sociological Association book series RSW. Her recent books include co-authored book by Palgrave Macmillan on gender and innovations (2017), by Sage on qualitative methods (2016), and forthcoming by Routledge on professions and platforms (2020), edited book on platforms by Routledge (2019) and edited book on work and technology by Emerald (2019). Her research interests currently include transformations of economy and society, science and technology studies, platforms and new forms of work, gender studies; research methods at large and science policies, higher education included.


Anne Kovalainen's research interests are currently in the contemporary work in the era of the platform economy, in the new forms of entrepreneurialism and in science and technology studies. Her research also covers topics of gender and economy, welfare society, entrepreneurship and public sector, and qualitative research methods and innovations.


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