PhD, Associate Professor (Docent), Senior Research Fellow Marika Jalovaara, is a demographer and sociologist. Her main interests include links among family dynamics (cohabitation, marriage, childbearing), social inequalities, gender, and the welfare state.

Current projects and appointments

PI and Director of the Consortium, ‘Family Formation in Flux – Causes, Consequences and Possible Futures (FLUX)‘, funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC / STN), established within the Academy of Finland. (Launch October 2021.)

PI of the project ‘Falling Fertility and the Inequalities Involved, NEFER‘, 2019–2023, funded by the Academy of Finland.

Co-PI, Senior Research Fellow and Research Area Director (area: Demography and Life Course) in INVEST Research Flagship ‘Inequalities, Interventions, and the New Welfare State’.

Senior Lecturer (on leave) at Sociology Unit, Department of Social Research, University of Turku.

President of the Finnish Demographic Society​.

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Marika Jalovaara defended her doctoral thesis in 2007 at the University of Helsinki. She achieved the title Docent in 2012 both in demography at the University of Helsinki and in economic sociology at the University of Turku. She acted as a Professor of Sociology at the University of Turku in the study year 2013–14, and before that as a Collegium Researcher at Turku Institute for Advanced Reserach (TIAS). Between 2014 and 2019, she conducted her project ‘Family Dynamics and Social Inequalities’ as an Academy Research Fellow, funded by the Academy of Finland. She was a team leader (WP2) in the ‘Tackling Inequalities in Time of Austerity (TITA) Strategic Research Consortium (2015–2021).

Marika Jalovaara has published extensively in leading journals, including European Sociological Review, Demography, Population Studies, Population Research and Policy Review, Journal of Marriage & Family, Acta Sociologica, European Journal of Population, Social Policy, Demographic Research, European Journal of Public Health.


family dynamics
social and gender inequalities
family sociology
family demography
register-based data
quantitative methods in social scientific research