Doctoral Programme of Social and Behavioural Sciences

The Doctoral Programme of Social and Behavioural Sciences is part of the University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS). The field of a Doctor of Social Sciences can be philosophy, contemporary history, social policy, social work, sociology, economic sociology, political science, or East Asian Studies. The degree of a Doctor of Psychology is in the field of psychology. The field of a Doctor of Philosophy can be philosophy, speech-language pathology or psychology.

Each of the faculty’s professionals approaches society from the perspective of their own academic discipline.  ​The current research themes are listed below:

  • Political organizations, international relations and government with the objective of conducting research on the state, political systems and power.
  • The recent history of politics, international relations and society
  • Contemporary East-Asian societies and politics including their recent histories.
  • Bioethics, philosophy of political and social sciences, and the history of philosophy (especially early modern philosophy)
  • Research on cognition and various states of consciousness, studying the neural basis of various cognitive processes, and research on reading and reading comprehension.
  • Multicultural Research, Political Sociology, Sociology of Housing, Social Inequalities, Social Theory and Welfare Research


Fortcoming open calls to the doctoral programme:

o 30.8.-17.9.2021. Link to application
o 1.3-18.3.2022




The Direct of the Doctoral Programme:
professor Juha Räikkä

The Coordinator of the Doctoral Programme:
coordinator Vesa Rautio

Please contact the coordinator, if you want to attend the emailning list for doctoral students or supervisors.

Decisions concerning funded positions 2020

Ilkka Koiranen, 1.1.2021-30.4.2021
Essi Vastamäki, 1.1.2021-31.12.2024
Mila Seppälä, 1.1.2021-31.12.2023
Elina Sutela, 1.5.2021-31.12.2022
Otto Mäki, 1.5.2021-31.12.2024

Reserve list:
1) Bergman Monica
2) Lamberg Emma
3) Jung Suik
4) Griinari Jussi