Theme: Power Relations, Gender and Equalities in Working Life

Societal differences and divisions, of which gender is a central one, permeate and structure working life and its changes in paid employment, entrepreneurship as well as in unpaid work. This stream examines gendered structures as part of working life, labour market participants and their relationships, work and organizational cultures, practices, individualization as well as other changes in working life based on solid conceptual and empirical experience. Gender is studied in connection with other societal differences, such as generations, parenthood, professional status, class status and sexuality, as well as power relations in working life. Intersectional analyses of equality issues and power relations in working life also identify different gender positions in relation to other differences.


Testaamisen sosiologia: Persoonallisuustestit työelämän ideaalisubjekteja rakentamassa (2020–2024)
Coordinator: Virve Peteri
Funding: Kone Foundation

Organizations’ recruitment skills and job applicants’ skills as the basis of equality (2022–2024)
Coordinator: Tuija Koivunen
Funding: The Finnish Work Environment Fund

Changing university institution and equalities in the Academy (2021–2022)
Coordinator: Arja Haapakorpi
Funding: Government’s analysis, assessment and research activities

Employment Services: Part-time and Temporary Employment and Transitions to Full-Time Employment (2021–2022)
Coordinator: Satu Ojala
Funding: Government’s analysis, assessment and research activities

The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on gender equality in Finland (2020–2022)
Contact person: Anna Elomäki
Consortium coordinator: Merita Jokela, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
Funding: Prime Minister’s Office