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Arja Haapakorpi


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Adjunct Professor (Title of Docent), University of Helsinki, Sociology 19th August 2015

Ph.D., sociology, University of Helsinki, Department of Sociology 19th January 2010

Licentiate in Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Department of Sociology 1st April 1998


Language competence


English: excellent

Swedish: good

Spanish: fair

German: basic

French: basic



- Tampere University, Word Research Centre, University Researcher, 2019-

- University of Helsinki, Palmenia Centre for Continuing Education: development manager, senior researcher 2013 - 2018

- University of Helsinki, HEINE Network for Higher Education and Innovation Studies, postdoctoral researcher 2011 – 2012

- University of Helsinki, Research and Education Centre Lahti (later Palmenia Centre for research and Education): planning officer, project manager, senior researcher: 1993 –  1999 and 2000 – 2010

- University of Tampere, Department of Information Studies, researcher: January – July 2000

- University of Helsinki, Lahti research and training centre. Planning officer, teacher, researcher. October 1993-2000

Research expertise

31 peer reviewed articles, 10 monographs, 12 non-refereed scientific articles and 12 professional texts.


Study fields

Working life studies, currently focus on non-standard employment patterns and the relationship of technology and work



Qualitative and quantitative methodologies

Evaluation Research


Working life studies

- Technology and transformation of work. Tampere University, Faculty of Social Sciences 2020

- Research on Work and Organizations (University of Helsinki, Department of Social Sciences):  2011 – 2012

-Supervision of theses (Master and Doctoral)

-Teacher: Post-doctoral studies on research management, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences HEINE-network  2011-2013

-Professional studies: leader of the program for labour market studies. Post-graduate professional studies for the personnel of Ministry of Labour (2000-2004)

- Higher Education Studies, International Master-program HEEM, Higher education studies – University of Helsinki, University of Oslo, University of Aveiro, Spring 2012

- Lectures in following subject areas: research methods, occupations and professions, immigration and working life, higher education systems.

-Teacher: Program on higher education management: evaluation theory and practice. The program was addressed for the administrative personnel of the University of Helsinki and Academy of Finland 2012

- Lectures in Spanish dealing with higher education systems: Peruvian university teachers 2014 and 2016 (Open lecture in Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima. 23.10.2014. “El modelo de educación superior en los países nórdicos”).

Other key academic merits

Preliminary examination of Ph.D. Thesis: Esa Jokinen:  Perspectives on evaluation research – personnel in the reform of municipalities. University of Tampere, social psychology, June 2016

Peer review of funding application:Danish Council for Independent Research, Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, 2014

Several positions of trust in scientific organizations and conference, and positions in academic editorial committees, such as i) Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies. Member of the editorial board 2013 – 2018, ii) Member of the Board of The Finnish Association of Work Life Research (FAWORE) chair 2015 – 2018, vice chair 2018 – 2020, iii) Member of scientific committee for “Hard Times? Nordic Working Life Conference” 2-4 November 2016. University of Tampere, iv) Chair of the committee organizing “Conference of Working life Studies” (Työelämän tutkimuspäivät) 8.-9.11.2019, Tampere University.

Referee for scientific publications, among them Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies; Sociological Research Online; Studies in Higher Education; Higher Education; Tertiary Education and Management

Editorship in special issues: i) Work Organization and Technology – strategy, negotiation and application. Editors: Arja Haapakorpi and Tuomo Alasoini. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies Vol 8 (2018), ii) Transnationalisation and Nordic higher education. Editors: Arja Haapakorpi and Taina Saarinen. In: Nordic Studies in Education 3/2014.

Scientific and societal impact: interviews and popular texts for media, citizenship science.

See also:

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Adjunct Professor in Sociology, University of Helsinki

Award Date: 15 Aug 2015

Ph.D., sociology, University of Helsinki

Award Date: 10 Jan 2010


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