Marita Husso

Associate Professor, (sosiaalipolitiikka)
Faculty of Social Sciences
| Sub unit: Unit of Social Research

About me

I am an associate professor (tenure track) of social policy at the Tampere University and an adjunct professor of violence studies, gender studies and working life studies at the University of Eastern Finland. I have previously worked as a senior lecturer and as a researcher and lecturer in social and public policy and a postdoctoral researcher and university researcher for the Academy of Finland at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä. I am the leader of ERASE GBV -EU project and Pi of the of the Impacts of the coronavirus epidemic on experiences of domestic violence and the use of services (KOVÄ) Tampere research group. Resently I have been the leader of the Encountering Domestic Violence and Multi-Professional Cooperation among the Police and Social and Health Care Professionals (European Commission, JUST/2016/RGEN/AG/VAWA) research group and and acting as either the director or deputy director of several research projects including Violence, Professional Practices and Occupational Health in Social and Health Care Sector (2011-2014 Emil Aaltonen Foundation), Encountering Violence in Social and Health Care Organizations (2011-2014 Academy of Finland), Agency, Care and Social Suffering (2008-2010 Academy of Finland), Violence Intervention in the Specialist Health Care (2009-2010 EU Daphne III programme) and Capabilities, Institutions, Dispositifs and Power in Developed Societies (2006-2008 Academy of Finland).

My research interests include violence studies, welfare service work, social suffering, vulnerability, theories of embodiment, sociology of food, organizational practices, gendered agency, feminist theory and sociology of emotions. My recent publications consider e.g. gendered welfare service work, encountering violence in social and health care institutions and ideological, institutional and affective practices related to social suffering.