Equality in Society (EQUA)

The strategic research programme Equality in Society is focused on equality and on how equality can be promoted. The programme provides funding to research that seeks solutions to support the sustainable and equal renewal of basic public services and benefit schemes. The research consortia are expected to address the following questions:

  • What are the mechanisms of inequality in Finland today?
  • How can equality be promoted in connection with the renewal of basic public services and benefit schemes?
  • In what ways can the public sector best support innovative experimentation, learning by experimentation and institutional change so as to maintain a well-managed transition and successfully renew basic public services and benefit schemes?

In addition, the consortia are expected to suggest ways in which we can best ensure that individuals, groups and institutions possess the capabilities and resources that facilitate equal adaptation to the renewal of basic public services and benefit schemes?

Projects:

Finnish Childcare Policies: In/Equality in Focus (CHILDCARE) 

Consortium PI: Maarit Alasuutari, University of Jyväskylä
Responsible for interaction activities: Kirsti Karila, Tampere University

Consortium: composition: University of Jyväskylä, Tampere University, Finnish Insitute for Health and Welfare


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

Consortium PI: Marjut Jyrkinen, University of Helsinki
Responsible for interaction activities: Mira Karjalainen, University of Helsinki

Comsortium composition: University of Jyväskylä, University of Helsinki, Hanken School of Economics

Tackling Inequalities in Time of Austerity (TITA) 

Consortium PI: Mikko Niemelä, University of Turku
Responsible for interaction activities: Milla Ikonen, The Social Insurance Institution of Finland

Consortium composition: University of Turku, Stockholm University, The Social Insurance Institution of Finland, Finnish Insitute for Health and Welfare, University of Helsinki


Preventing Social Exclusion: What Works and Why? (My Path/PSE) 

Consortium PI: Tuomas Pekkarinen, Institute for Economic Research VATT 
Responsible for interaction activities: Annukka Klinge, Walter ry

Consortium composition: Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finnish Institute for Educational Research / University of Jyväskylä, Aalto University, University of Jyväskylä, Walter ry


Work, Inequality and Public Policy (WIP) 

Consortium PI: Matti Tuomala, Tampere University
Responsible for interaction activities: Merja Kauhanen, Labour Institute for Economic Research

Consortium composition: Tampere University, Labour Institute for Economic Research, University of Helsinki, Stockholm University, The Social Insurance Institution of Finland


Arts as Public Service: Strategic Steps towards Equality (ArtsEqual) 

Consortium PI: Heidi Westerlund, University of the Arts Helsinki
Responsible for interaction activities: Kai Lehikoinen, University of the Arts Helsinki

Consortium composition: University of the Arts Helsinki, Cupore, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

More information

  • Programme Director: Olli Kangas, Professor of Practice, firstname.lastname(at)utu.fi
  • Milja Saari, Senior Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 123, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi

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