Inequalities, Interventions and New Welfare State

INVEST Research Flagship Centre aims at providing a new model for the welfare states that is more equal, better targeted to problem groups, more anticipatory as well as economically and socially sustainable. Based on cutting-edge research on the conditions and mechanisms involved at different periods of development, INVEST will evaluate and develop various universal and targeted interventions to improve the efficiency of the current welfare state institutions at critical points of the early life course.

INVEST produces science ranging from basic research and policy evaluations to commercial innovations. Innovative collaborations with national and international research organisations and across academic disciplines, as well as the use of unique data are at the core of our ecosystem’s operations. The INVEST ecosystem enables collaboration and interaction between various research organisations, higher education institutions, welfare researchers and public administrators, policy makers, civil society actors, companies and practitioners that work with INVEST in our mission.




  • Generate science from basic research to commercial applications
  • Facilitate innovative collaboration between strong disciplines
  • Improve the use of unique data
  • Strengthen the scientific and social impact, and the visibility of the research
  • Educate the next generation of welfare researchers

Societal impact

  • Increase the well-being and skill development of children and youth
  • Reduce the accumulation of disadvantages
  • Enhance evidence based policy processes
  • Strengthen the justice in society
  • Improve social, economic and demographic sustainability
  • Change the welfare state paradigm from compensation to prevention


Research Flagship Centre

INVEST – Inequalities, Interventions and New Welfare State

INVEST Research Flagship Centre operates under the University of Turku and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. The operations are funded by the Research Council of Finland Flagship Programme (17.3 M€ in 2019–2026), the host institutions and various other external research funders such as European Research Council (ERC) and National Institute of Health (NIH).

Read more about the Flagship Programme

Read the Flagship brochure