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Mikko
Niemelä
INVEST flagship
Professor of Sociology

Contact

+358 29 450 2263
+358 40 513 3669
Assistentinkatu 7
20500
Turku

Areas of expertise

social policy
social security
living conditions
social and economic inequalities
welfare state
health policy
health care
comparative welfare research

Biography

Mikko Niemelä act as a professor of sociology and vice dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Turku. He took his PhD degree in social policy at the University of Turku in 2005. During the period between 2000 and 2007 he worked at the Department of Social Policy at the University of Turku in various research and teaching positions. Since 2007 he has worked at the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela), currently as a research professor. During the academic year 2011-2012 he was a part-time professor, and in 2014 associate professor, of social and health policy at the School of Health Sciences in Tampere. Since 2015 he has been a professor of sociology at the University of Turku as well as a director of the research consortium project “Tackling Inequalities in Time of Austerity” (TITA) funded by the Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland. Since 2019 he has acted as a PI of the research group in research flagship "Inequalities, Interventions, and New Welfare State" (INVEST) funded by the Academy of Finland. He has also been a visiting fellow in Stockholm (Institute for Social Research, SOFI) and Sydney (Social Policy Research Centre, SPRC). Niemelä is an adjunct professor in economic sociology at the University of Turku and in sociology at the University of Eastern Finland.

Research

Mikko Niemelä is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Social Research, University of Turku (Finland) and Research Professor at the Social Insurance Institution of Finland. His current research focuses on the cross-national differences in public welfare attitudes, poverty and economic inequality. Other areas of research include mechanisms of the institutional change of welfare states and the role of ideas in policy processes. Currently, he is acting as a director of the research consortium project “Tackling Inequalities in Time of Austerity” (TITA) funded by the Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland, and a PI of the research group in research flagship "Inequalities, Interventions, and New Welfare State" (INVEST) funded by the Academy of Finland.

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