Social and Economic Sustainability of Future Worklife: Policies, Equalities and Intersectionalities in Finland (WeAll)

Public description of the goals at the beginning of the project

The multidisciplinary Project examines equalities and inequalities in work-life in urban and rural settings of Finland. We study how intersecting social categories, such as age/generation, ethnicity, regionality, gender and other differences construct marginalisations and privileges in the changing and blurring borders of work and non-work. We provide new knowledge and practical suggestions for the development of the basic services and benefit schemes specifically on care responsibilities, flexible arrangements in employment, lengthening of careers, employability and inclusion of diverse people to work-life, gender equality and non-discrimination, and sustainable leadership to support work wellbeing and stay in work-life. We use multiple research methods. Our novel, innovative and participatory approach bases on ongoing dialogue with stakeholders and offers new kind of solutions for political decision-making in austere times for the increase in Finland’s competitiveness.

Public description of the results at the end of the project

The research at WeAll consortium has focused on working life and its intertwining with other areas of life. We have done research on how diverse people can enter working life, continue working and find suitable and fitting career paths that enable combining work, family and other aspects of non-work. We have looked at these issues especially in the intersections of gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality, class and locality. Our research has focused on how to enhance social, human and economic sustainability. We have scrutinized structures, practices and socio-cultural mechanisms that enable or impair equality and inclusion in working life. Instead of an individual-oriented view, we have explored mechanisms and modes of operation that enable an open and just working life for diverse people. We have an outstanding track record in publishing. Our stakeholder collaboration (with public, private and the third sector) is multifaceted, extensive and has received excellent feedback.

More information

  • Consortium's website
  • Consortium PI Marjut Jyrkinen, Professor, University of Helsinki, firstname.lastname(at)

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