Katri Aaltonen is currently senior researcher in INVEST Sociology research group at the department of social research, University of Turku. Since 2010, she worked in the research unit of the Social Insurance Institution (Kela), currently as senior researcher. During this time, her work included research on social and health policy as well as expert duties related to decision-making processes, e.g., ex-ante and ex-post evaluations of policy changes and reforms for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and evaluations of reimbursement dossiers of novel pharmaceuticals for the Pharmaceutical Pricing Board. Between 2008 and 2010 she worked as doctoral researcher on personal research grants (Finnish Cultural Foundation) and conducted an eight-month research visit to the University of Otago, New Zealand. She defended her PhD thesis on affordability of pharmaceuticals in FInland and New Zealand in 2017.
My current research focuses on social policies related to youth guarantee, policy reforms, health care out-of-pocket payments and comparative pharmaceutical policy.