From Margins of Labour Markets towards Empowerment? (MARTE)

Faculty or school: Faculty of Social Sciences

The project addresses social employment  i.e. attempts to integrate disadvantaged individuals into the labour market through supported work and coaching.


The project utilizes interviews, observations and recordings of interaction as data, and qualitative research methods such as conversation analysis.


The project has the following two objectives: First, to provide new knowledge on the implications of organizational practices for the empowerment process on social employment programmes. This knowledge facilitates the development of policies that support empowerment for disadvantaged individuals and communities.

Second, to identify micro-practices of coaching within social employment programmes that support or hinder empowerment. Through this understanding, the project provides coaching methods for professionals working in the field of social employment.

Funding source

Academy of Finland

Contact persons

Sanni Tiitinen

Postdoctoral researcher

sanni.tiitinen [at]

+358 50 509 9195