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Professor, Sociology


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Areas of expertise

sociology of physical appearance
sociology of consumption;social inequality
survey research


I am currently working as a professor of sociology at the University of Turku. 

I completed my Master's degree in Economic Sociology at the Turku School of Economics in 2007. In 2013, I successfully defended my PhD thesis on consumption related to appearance at the University of Turku, Faculty of Social Sciences.


At the Bachelor's level in Social Sciences: I teach in courses on social science theories and social inequality. Additionally, I coordinate the Finnish Society course designed for exchange students.

At the Master's level in Sociology: I am responsible for the Sociological Essay course and supervise Master's theses.

In the doctoral program: I organize PhD seminars and and supervise doctoral dissertations.


I work as PI of the project "The social mechanisms behind the economic consequences of physical appearance, SOMA" funded by the Academy of Finland (2019-2023). During 2016-2018 I led research project “Finland as an appearance society” funded by Emil Aaltonen foundation. I'm also part of the consumption reference budget research team at the University of Turku.

Currently, I am working on the book "Handbook of Beauty and Inequality" together with my colleague Professor Giselinde Kuipers (KU Leuven). The book is scheduled to be published in 2024.



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