Researchers and Contact

We gladly welcome international and national research collaboration! If you are looking for partnerships in research projects or publications, or look for a host for short term research visits, please be in touch with our Research Director Anne Mäkikangas or a researcher.

Postal address:  WRC, Faculty of Social Sciences, 33014  Tampere University, Finland


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Research Director

Anne Mäkikangas
work- and organizational psychology, occupational well-being, individual resources, job crafting, remote work


Simo Aho
sociology, social policy, employment, unemployment, labour market policy, impact evaluation

Iiris Annala
social policy, EU coordination of social security systems, research on epistemic practices of governance

Jenna Bergdahl
self-determination, technology, artificial intelligence, well-being, social psychology

Arja Haapakorpi
working life studies and education policy, professional work, work organisation, non-standard employment

Tuula Heiskanen
work psychology, work sociology

Sakari Ilomäki
social psychology, social interaction in work contexts, video-mediated interaction

Esa Jokinen
evaluation research, employment and education policies, learning in work life

Ulla Kinnunen
work and organizational psychology, recovery from work, occupational well-being, job burnout

Tuija Koivunen
gender segregation, gendering practices, equality

Miikaeli Kylä-Laakso
labour market system, gender, public sector, competitiveness

Rita Latikka
social psychology, well-being, self-efficacy, loneliness, robot technology, sensor technology

Heidi Lehtovaara
worklife research, gender studies, immigration, job search, digital job search, recruitment, equality, discrimination, racism

Minna Leinonen
social psychology, gender studies, gender equality in working life, intersectionality, action research, workplace democracy, interaction

Sara Liinamo
sociology, psychologisation of work, personality tests & testing, recruitment & selection, career guidance & counseling, equality in work

Sami Lind
geography of the everyday, labor market margin

Aija Logren
social psychology, social interaction, interaction analysis, counselling, decision-making, negotiation, institutional interaction

Saija Mauno
work- and organizational psychology, changes in working life, occupational well-being, job stress

Harri Melin
changing working life, power relations at work, industrial relations

Niklas Mäkinen
work careers, non-standard employment, informal employment, grey economy

Jaana-Piia Mäkiniemi
well-being at work, well-being at work interventions, techno-work engagement, moral dilemmas at work

Clas-Håkan Nygård
occupational health, work ability, aging and work, ergonomics, work place interventions, occupational epidemiology

Satu Ojala
worklife and labour market research, working conditions and job quality, work careers, precarious jobs, active labour market policies, unemployment

Reetta Oksa
social psychology, wellbeing at work, illbeing at work, social interaction, social media useage in work context

Atte Oksanen
social psychology, social interaction, wellbeing, social media, technology, bullying, substance abuse and addiction

Katri Otonkorpi-Lehtoranta
sociology, working life studies, work-life interface, well-being at work, action research and dialogic working life development, gender studies, gendering practices, gender equality in working life, intersectionality, critical militarism

Virve Peteri
sociology, social studies of technology (SST), work spaces, cultural ergonomics, personality testing and power

Laura Peutere
Work careers, working conditions, register-based data

Federica Previtali
social psychology, work and organizational psychology, social interaction at work, ageism in working life and labour makert, human resources management, manager-employee and recruiter-job applicant interactions, diversity and inlcusion in the workplace

Pasi Pyöriä
worklife and labour market research, working conditions and job quality, work careers, precarious work

Johanna Ruusuvuori
social psychology, social interaction in work contexts, professional—client interaction, video-mediated interaction, decision making in work related encounters, supervisor—employee encouters, institutional norms

Tiina Saari
sociology, employee well-being, digitalization of work, blue collar work, platform work, work attitudes, psychological contract

Stela Salminen
Work and organizational psychology, occupational health psychology, burnout, recovery, rehabilitation, agency, qualitative research

Antti Saloniemi

Nina Savela
social psychology, attitudes, identification, robotic technology, AR/VR technology

Monika Snellman
Work and organizational psychology, occupational health psychology, wellbeing, burnout, supervisor of leaders and executives

Melisa Stevanovic
sociology/social psychology, interaction research, joint decision-making, expertise, authority, power, mental health rehabilitation, coaching for worklife, transition to worklife

Sirpa Syvänen
human resources, renewal of the organisations, quality of working life, productivity, leadership and management, participatory action research, dialog, collaboration

Mia Tammelin
Social and public policy, work-family interface, working conditions, wellbeing, digitalization of work

Katriina Tapanila
education sciences, wellbeing at work (specifically meaningfulness of work), careers, academic work, blue-collar work, employment of migrants, action research, follow up and evaluation study

Pauliina Tiuraniemi
administrative sciences, educational sciences, Sociology of organizations, work well being, conflicts, development of working life and work communities, mediation of work, digitalization of work

Tuuli Turja
social psychology, service work robotization, motivation and shared decision-making in using new technology (especially in health services)


Doctoral researchers

Jenna Bergdahl: Remote work puts our social needs at risk at work: How to replace the lost social support? (Supervisors Atte Oksanen, Anne Mäkikangas & Reetta Oksa)

Shaghayegh Ghaffaripour: Employees’ well-being outcomes in the context of psychosocial safety climate, organizational fairness and psychological identity resources (Supervisors Anne Mäkikangas & Saija Mauno)

Laura Hirva: Burnout and job performance trajectories among Finnish workers: A three-wave study (Supervisors Saija Mauno & Anne Mäkikangas)

Milla Kallio: Happiness in the workplace: Factors and impacts on organisational success (Supervisors Saija Mauno & Anne Mäkikangas)

Maria Krajewska-Olkkonen: The antecedents, hindrances and consequences of the work-related flow among Finnish managers (Supervisors Anne Mäkikangas, Jessica de Bloom, & Saija Mauno)

Heidi Lahti: Contextual barriers and facilitators of change: Process evaluation of participatory workplace interventions aiming to reduce stressful working conditions (Supervisors Saija Mauno, Sampsa Puttonen & Virpi Kalakoski)

Lisa LaRue: Entrepreneurial flow, subjective well‐being and success: The characteristics, antecedents, hindrances and effects of flow in entrepreneurs (Supervisors Anne Mäkikangas & Jessica de Bloom)

Heidi Lehtovaara: Skilled migrant women’s job searching experiences (Supervisors Pasi Pyöriä ja Tuija Koivunen)

Jie Li: Mental health in work – different generations in the swells of work life (Supervisors Atte Oksanen, Jari Hakanen & Janne Kaltiainen)

Merja Luostarinen: Crafting a thriving workplace: Shared social identity leadership and new means to support self-determination at work (Supervisors Anne Mäkikangas, Jari Hakanen, ja Perttu Salovaara)

Niklas Mäkinen: Exposing the Hidden Economy in Europe: Three Empirical Studies on Informal Employment and Its Determinants (Supervisor Satu Ojala)

Erika Mäntylä: Osallisuuden kokemus muutostekijänä (Supervisor Satu Ojala)

Päivi Niemi-Laine: Ammattiliittojen strateginen johtaminen (Supervisor Harri Melin)

Jarmo Pekkanen: Autonomia ja toimijuus itseohjautuvissa organisaatioissa/Autonomy and agency in self-organizing organizational context (Supervisors Saija Mauno & Päivi Hökkä)

Marjut Pietiläinen: Sukupuolistuneet työsyrjintäkokemukset ja niistä selviytyminen (Supervisor Satu Ojala)

Jaakko Sahimaa: Kohti mielekkäämpää ja merkityksellisempää työelämää/Towards more meaningful working life (Supervisors Saija Mauno, Anne Mäkikangas, & Frank Martela)

Henna Salonius: Ambulatory electrodermal activity measurements as part of early identification and prevention of job burnout (Supervisors Saija Mauno, Anne Mäkikangas & Satu Pakarinen)

Tiia Toivonen: Higher education students’ study-related well-being and sense of belonging to university community during COVID-19 pandemic (Supervisors Anne Mäkikangas, Jaana-Piia Mäkiniemi ja Atte Oksanen)

Tiina Tuominen: Associations of psychological safety and psychosocial safety climate with mental health-related absenteeism and well-being at work (Supervisors Anne Mäkikangas & Saija Mauno)