Projects associated with Invest Sociology Spring 2022 call

LifeTraR: Life course transitions and living arrangements: migrant and non-migrant populations in Russia, Estonia and Finland

LifeTraR is a collaborative initiative of three research groups from Russia, Estonia and Finland. We focus on the major life course transitions of natives and migrants, their living arrangements and the factors shaping their lives across respective country contexts.

The research relies on high quality population data from registers, census and comparative surveys, and applies relevant statistical methods (regression analysis, event history analysis, sequence analysis). Application of life course perspective and studying migrant population from the same origin (Russia) in different policy settings at the destination – Finland and Estonia – expands current expertise in demographic structures and processes relevant to understanding migration. Evidence-based knowledge about demographic integration of largest migrant groups in Finland serves the interests of wider audience and stakeholders providing input for targeted policy solutions and balanced public debates.

LifeTraR Consortium: National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia (implementing units Institute of Demography, the Department of Demography and the Institute for Social Policy); Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia (implementing unit Estonian Institute for Population Studies); University of Turku, Turku, Finland (implementing units Department of Social Research and INVEST).

PI: Leen Rahnu
Funding of the Finnish research group: Academy of Finland (ERA-NET RUS Plus) 01.01.2021 – 31.12.2023

PETALTO: Perinatal health and transition to adulthood

The project analyzes how health in perinatal period, i.e., the period from the 23rd gestational week until 7 days since childbirth, affects individual’s later life, in the transition from childhood to adulthood. Perinatal health is operationalized through measures of birth weight, gestational age, prenatal smoking, and selected medical diagnosis of risk factors in pregnancy.

The project analyzes the effects of perinatal health on the transition to adulthood holistically, in many different time points, and with multiple criteria such as: success at school, cognitive skills, transition to secondary and tertiary level education, transition to employment, family formation, and the risk of becoming excluded from education and labor markets. The analysis conducted in the project is based on linked population register data on complete birth cohorts from 1987 to 2007 in Finland.

The project includes researchers from the Department of Social Research, University of Turku, and from the Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute.

PI: Jani Erola
Funding: Academy of Finland

PETALTO research team

Prof. Jani Erola
University of Turku

Prof. Juho Härkönen
European University Institute

Senior Researcher Matti Lindberg
University of Turku

Senior Researcher Laura Salonen
University of Turku

Research Associate Marco Cozzani
European University Institute

Doctoral Candidate Niko Eskelinen
University of Turku