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University Lecturer, Sociology


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Areas of expertise

social stratification
social inequality
gender segregation


I graduated with a master's degree in sociology from the University of Graz, Austria, in 2004 and subsequently gained a second master's degree from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex University, UK. Prior to defending my Ph.D. thesis (Limits of Meritocracy. How Fields of Study and Gender Segregation Affect Social Stratification in Finland) in 2014 at the University of Turku, I worked as a junior researcher at the Research Unit for the Sociology of Education (RUSE). From 2014-2016, I was a senior researcher on the  INDIRECT - project (Intergenerational Cumulative Disadvantage and Resource Compensation, PI: Jani Erola) at the Department for Social Research of the University of Turku. Subsequently, I joined the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS) as a postdoctoral researcher (2017-2019), working on social class differences in gender-atypical educational pathways in Finland. From 2019-2022 I worked as a university lecturer in sociology at the University of Turku; a role to which I returned in August 2023 after spending the spring term of this year as a senior researcher in the INVEST Flagship and Research Centre.


Teaching in 2024:

- Quantitative research methods: regression models (in Finnish, master's programme)

- Interactions in statistical models (in Finnish, master's programme)

- Social Inequality (in English, bachelor's programme)


In my current research, I am particularly interested in the ways that social inequality moderates the significance of gender in educational and occupational contexts. Furthermore, I have worked on questions of gender segregation in education, the links between educational and income stratification, as well as inter- and multigenerational social (dis)advantage.


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Change and continuation (2023)

Finnish journal of social research
Koivula Aki, Prix Irene, Grahn Anna
(Kirjoitus tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (B1))

Eriarvoisuus koulutuksessa (2020)

Kailaheimo-Lönnqvist Sanna, Kilpi-Jakonen Elina, Niemelä Mikko, Prix Irene
(Kirjan tai muun kokoomateoksen osa (B2))