Kokkonen Tuomo, yliopistonopettaja/University Teacher

Sosiaalitieteet, opetus ja tutkimus/Social sciences, teaching and research
Kokkonen Tuomo, yliopistonopettaja/University Teacher
+358 40 0392 110

I work as a university teacher in Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius. My areas of teaching are supervising MA and BA theses, adult social work and activation, social problems, structural social work. I am also Erasmus+ contact person at Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius and coordinator of the ALLISW network (Adult Life Long Learning in Social Work – A European Network for Social Work as Adult Education and Blended Learning).

Orcid ID (link) https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1675-0917

Research areas
I received my PhD from the University of Jyväskylä. My doctoral dissertation was titled “Social Citizenship in a Changing Society: T. H. Marshall’s Concept of Citizenship as Stimulator for Development of the Welfare State”. Since then I have continued to examine themes of social citizenship. My current research also concerns the politics of social work, neoliberalism and populism. From 2011 to 2014 I was involved in a research project funded by the Academy of Finland: The role of welfare services in participative citizenship of marginalized citizens (PALKO). In 2016 to 2019 I have worked part time in the project Social Empowerment in Rural Areas (SEMPRE), researching the participation of immigrants.

Relevance of research
My research concerns the most important areas of welfare and social policy. It is especially relevant for analysing and improving the position of underprivileged or poor citizens, or of those people who are living at the boundaries of citizenship due to marginalization or processes of immigration. In social work these are vital issues ethically as well as for the political role of the profession.