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Eriikka Oinonen

University Lecturer, Cordinator of Social Sciences, Tampere University/Unit of Pori

About me

I am a university lecturer in sociology. My research interests are linked with issues of life transitions, well-being, everyday life, and how to relate ‘private troubles’ with ‘public issues’, as suggested by C. Wright Mills. I am also interested in ways, aims and consequences of comparisons and in applications of arts-based/creative methods in social sciences. 

Fields of expertise

Title of Docent (adjunct professor), sociology, University of Turku, 2018

Doctor of Social Sciences, sociology, University of Tampere, 2004

Master of Social Sciences, sociology, University of Tampere, 1995


Family research, youth research, life course, everyday life, comparative research, qualitative research

Main positions of trust

Youth and Globalization journal, advisory board member

Nuorisotutkimus (Finnish Youth Research Journal), editorial board member

Tampere Association of Graduate Women, board member

Research unit

Unit of Social Research

Selected publications

Some selected publications

Martínez García, José, Oinonen, Eriikka, Merino Parejo, Rafael & Perosa, Graziela (2020) Education and inequality in Finland, Spain and Brazil, in P. López-Roldan & S. Fachelli (eds.) Towards a Comparative Analysis of Social Inequality between Europe and Latin America. Springer International Publishing. DOI:10.1007/978-3-030-48442-2. 

Blanco, C. & Oinonen, E. (2019) Higher education policies and question of (in)equality: Cases of Argentina and Finland. Revista Educación and Derecho, 19: 1-25. DOI: 10.1344/REYD2019.19.29045 

Oinonen, Eriikka (2018) Under Pressure to Become: from a Student to Entrepreneurial Self. Journal of Youth Studies 21/10: 1344-1360. DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2018.1468022 

Oinonen, E & Tervonen-Gonçalves, L (2018) Reproducing or remaking the social contract with young people in Europe 2020 Strategy, in Risto Heiskala & Jari Aro (eds.) Economy, Society and Coordination in the Policy Design of the EU. An Empire of Shopkeepers in the Making? Palgrave MacMillan, s. 191-215. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-64849-1. 

Oinonen, Eriikka, Tiilikka, Tiina & Rautiainen-Keskustalo, Tarja (2016). 1970-luvun tyttökansalainen, peruskoulu ja media. Aikuiskavatus teemanumero “Naiskansalainen sivistyksen ja hoivan rajapinnoilla”, No 3, 2016. 

Oinonen, Eriikka (2015) Aikuistumisia (Maturations), in Matti Hyvärinen, Eriikka Oinonen & Tiina Saari (eds.) Hajoava perhe (Disintegrating Family). Tampere: Vastapaino: 53-75.

Hyvärinen, Matti, Oinonen, Eriikka & Saari, Tiina (eds) (2015) Hajoava perhe. Romaani monitieteisen tutkimuksen välineenä. (Disintegrating Family. A Novel as material of multidisciplinary research). Tampere: Vastapaino.

Tervonen-Gonçalves, Leena & Oinonen, Eriikka (2014) Vaikuttavuuden vaade ja vaikutelmien politiikka. Tapausesimerkkinä terveyden edistäminen (Insistence on effectiveness. Health promotion as a case in point). Yhteiskuntapolitiikka No. 5/2014: 521–36. 

Oinonen, Eriikka & Repo, Katja (eds) (2013) Women, Men and Children in Families: Private Troubles and Public Issues. Tampere: Tampere University Press.

Tervonen-Gonçalves, Leena & Oinonen, Eriikka (2012) Vertailun valta (Power of comparison). Yhteiskuntapolitiikka No. 2/2012: 3-15. 

Oinonen, Eriikka (2010) La formación de la familia en el proceso de transición a la vida adulta en España y Finlandia (Family formation in the process of transition to adulthood in Spain and Finland), in Almudena Moreno Mínguez (ed.) Revista de Estudios de Juventud no 90: Juventud y familia desde una perspectiva comparada europea, Instituto de la Juventud - INJUVE, Madrid. 

Oinonen, Eriikka (2008) Families in Converging Europe. A Comparison of Forms, Structures and Ideas. Palgrave Studies in family Sociology. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire & New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Oinonen, Eriikka (2004) Finnish and Spanish Families in Converging Europe . Tampere: Tampere University Press and Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence, Studies in European Societies and Politics Serie. (316 p.) (Doctoral dissertation).