I’m a postdoctoral researcher at the Tampere University. My research interests include cultural capital, cultural consumption and production, and social stratification, with a specific interest on comparative sociology. I earned my PhD in 2011 at the University of Helsinki.
I am currently PI of a research project entitled "Understanding cultural disengagement in contemporary Finland" (Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, City of Helsinki Urban Facts and Academy of Finland, 2017-2020) that aims at understanding the reasons behind the common yet not often systematically explored lack of cultural activities. The investigation will provide, for the first time in Finland, much-needed empirical qualitative data and a deeper understanding of the lifestyles of the culturally disengaged, offering key information for policy-makers and cultural institutions to deploy new strategies.
I am also a member of the Dynamics of Cultural Stratification research project, also at the Tampere University: other team members include Semi Purhonen (PI), Taru Lindblom and Jarmo Kallunki.
Please contact me through e-mail: riie.heikkila [at] tuni.fi