PhD, docent Marika Jalovaara is an Academy Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer at Sociology Unit, Department of Social Research, University of Turku.

She is a demographer and sociologist, and her main research interests are links among family dynamics (partnerships and childbearing), social inequalities, gender and the welfare state.

Her main research project is titled as ‘Family Dynamics and Social Inequalities’. Related to that, she holds a 5-year (2014–19) appointment as an Academy of Finland Academy Research Fellow. She is also the WP2 team leader in the TITA (Tackling Inequalities in Time of Austerity) project. She holds a position as a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Turku but is on a leave of absence during the Academy fellowship. She serves as the President of the Finnish Demographic Society​.

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 after that she performed as a Turku Institute for Advanced Reserach (TIAS) Collegium Reseracher.

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

Expertise

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

Ongoing research projects

Academy Research Fellow, project “Family Dynamics and Social Inequalities”, Academy of Finland 2014–19.

The WP2 team leader in the TITA (Tackling Inequalities in Time of Austerity) project. ​

PI of the Research Group ‘Families’, Sociology Unit, Department of Social Research, University of Turku.

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