Turtiainen Kati, yliopistonlehtori/Senior Lecturer

Sosiaalitieteet, opetus ja tutkimus/Social sciences, teaching and research
Turtiainen Kati, yliopistonlehtori/Senior Lecturer
+358 40 6691 955

I received my doctorate from the University of Jyväskylä in 2012. Since 2014, I have worked as a senior lecturer in social work. Before academia, I worked as the director of immigration services for the City of Jyväskylä. During my work career, I have participated in various national and international development projects concerning multicultural work with forced and voluntary migrants.

Orcid ID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6318-7197

Research Areas
My current research concerns how welfare services promote the integration of migrants in Finnish society, especially in rural areas. My research interests also include the formation of trust and recognition of (forced) migrants in social work and other welfare services.

My current teaching includes social work courses in multicultural social work, social work ethics and master’s seminars.

Current Research Project
I am leading the project Social Empowerment in Rural Areas (SEMPRE) as a partner project.

Why and for whom my research is important
Research concerning welfare services for migrants is meaningful for improving services, and policymaking. Most importantly, the research should influence the wellbeing of service users, especially forced migrants who have special needs.