Metsä ja me - Research Project
Description: Metsä ja Me (The Forest and Us) research project examines the future of the forest sector from the perspective of employment and labour shortages. The research project provides information that will help the forest sector to address the problem of labour shortages and support the attractiveness and success of the sector.
Authors: Jenni Simonen, Marjatta Selänniemi, Atte Penttilä, Eija Eronen, and Tuija Väyrynen
Funding: Metsämiesten säätiö
Building Finland's Future - inclusion and cooperation in working life (Tulevaisuuden Suomen tekijät)
Description: A three-part study will look for solutions to acute problems in working life, such as labour shortages and polarisation.
Authors: The project is led by Ville Pitkänen, and it is implemented by Aino Heikkilä, Rolle Alho, Roosa Veijola, and Vilma Niskanen.
Funding: Trade Union Pro, The Finnish Association of Private Care Providers HALI, Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL, Ministry of Justice, Service Union United PAM, Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT, STTK, The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK, Industrial Employees TP, and The Finnish Pension Alliance TELA.
Young People as Future Makers in Eastern Finland
Description: What does the future look like in Eastern Finland according to young people? Nuorten hyvä elämä -research continues with a new research project that examines young people living in Finland's eastern border areas.
Authors: Eija Eronen, Tuija Väyrynen, Jenni Simonen ja Ville Pitkänen
Funding: E2 Research, MTK Foundation, Kainuu Regional Council, and Palkasaajasäätiö
Just Food transition - Tackling inequalities on the way to a sustainable, climate-smart and just food system (JUST FOOD)
Duration: 2019 – 2022 (2025)
Description: Just Food project studies ways to transition to a climate-smart and healthy food system in a sustainable, acceptable and just manner.
Authors: Kaisa Karttunen, Anni Savikurki, Marjatta Selänniemi.
Partners: Coordinated by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, the cross-disciplinary project consortium includes the University of Jyväskylä, E2 Research, Natural Resources Institute Finland LUKE, the National Institute for Health and Welfare THL, and the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern, Switzerland.
Funding: Strategic Research Council (SRC) of the Academy of Finland. Just Food is part of the six-year FOOD programme (2019–2025).
Crisis Resilience of Employers in The Agricultural and Horticultural Sector and the Adaptation of Ukrainian Seasonal Workers to Finland
Description: The project examines the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine on Ukrainian seasonal workers and their families in Finland and on the farm owners employing them.
Authors: Atte Penttilä and Marjatta Selänniemi
Funding: MTK's Foundation
Partner: Töitä Suomesta työvoimapalvelut Oy
Ruokavarma - Vulnerabilities in the Finnish Food System
Description: Ruokavarma -project assesses inter-dependencies within the Finnish food system and their role as a source of vulnerability and suggests solutions for improving our food system’s sustainability and resilience.
Authors: Marjatta Selänniemi, Kaisa Karttunen, Anni Savikurki
Partners: Finland Futures Research Centre of University of Turku, Jyväskylä University School of Business & Economics Funding: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Science Night LIVE!
Description: Science Night LIVE! was a new kind of science communication and networking event that took place on 29 March 2023 at the Science Centre Heureka. The event highlighted the expertise of foreign researchers working in Finland and provided an opportunity for the public and stakeholders to hear about the latest research in different fields and network with researchers. The event's themes highlighted artificial intelligence, sustainability issues and social justice. E2 Research was mainly responsible for the development and organisation of the event.
Authors: Mari K. Niemi, Venni Arra, Assi-Jutta Kuusela, and Roosa Veijola
Funding: Tieteen Tiedotus
Partners: Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Science Centre Heureka
The International Talent Finland Research Project
Description: In the International Talent Finland Research Project, we will inquire how to attract international talents to take part in building the country.
Authors: Mari K. Niemi, Ville Pitkänen, Matti Välimäki ja Roosa Veijola
Partners: Confederation of Finnish industries (EK), Technology Industries of Finland, Kunta- ja hyvinvointialuetyönantajat KT, KEVA, Tekniikan Akateemiset, Industrial Employees TP, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland, Business Finland, and the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Tampere and Oulu
BASE: Building Academics’ Societal Impact
Description: A unique pilot project to support the growing number of foreign academics, researchers, and experts, who are working in Finland, in their public engagement, visibility in Finnish media, and the societal impact of their work.
Authors: The project is led by Mari K. Niemi and coordinated by Gökhan Depo. Other project team members are Ville Pitkänen, Matti Välimäki, and Roosa Veijola.
Funders: Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.
Collaborators: Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, LUT University, University of Turku, University of Vaasa, The Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers (FUURT).
UKRAINIANS IN FINLAND
Description: The Ukrainians in Finland 2022 survey provides information on what Ukrainians who have fled their country think about their lives. Based on statistical and interview data, it also sheds light on the views of professionals working with refugees about the situation of Ukrainians and their service needs.
Authors: Eija Eronen, Rolle Alho, Mari Paljakka, Atte Penttilä, Jenni Simonen, Matti Välimäki, and Tuija Väyrynen
Partners: Ministry of the Interior and Sitra
Smoother Everyday Life, the Better Quality of Life SAPE - The State of Sustainable Development in Rural Areas
Description: The research project SAPE assesses the state of sustainable development in rural areas in Finland. We examine the role, visibility and presence of rural areas in the national sustainable development policies and analyze the targets for sustainable development in the strategies of regions, communities and villages.
Partners: Pellervo Economic Research PTT, Village Action Association of Finland Funding: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland / Makera
Inter-generational concerns and strengths
Description: The project examines whether young and middle-aged people's views on working life and the future of the welfare state align. The project consists of three sub-studies.
Authors: Jenni Simonen, Jussi Westinen, Aino Heikkilä, Ville Pitkänen, Eija Eronen, Roosa Veijola, and Vilma Niskanen.
Sub-study I: Industrial Employees TP, Finnish Paper Workers' Union, The Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL, Trade Union Pro and Service Union United PAM
Sub-study II: The Finnish Pension Alliance TELA, Association of Finnish Municipalities and Sitra
Sub-study III: Ministry of Education and Culture, Svenska kulturfonden, STTK ry, The Finnish Pension Alliance TELA, Univerisity of Oulu, City of Vaasa, Vaasan seudun Kehitys Oy VASEK, Väinö Tanner Foundation and Suomen Kulttuurirahaston Etelä-Pohjanmaan maakuntarahasto and in collaboration with Vaasan Setlementti, Vaasan yliopiston ylioppilaskunta, Wasa Innovation Center and Åbo Akademi.
Inter-generational concerns and strengths I: The common denominators of working life
Duration: 2020 –2021
Description: The sub-study I examines the central cornerstone of the welfare society, i.e., working life. The study compares the working life views and inter-generational relationships of young and middle-aged people.
Authors: Jenni Simonen, Jussi Westinen, and Aino Heikkilä
Partners: Industrial Employees TP, Finnish Paper Workers' Union, The Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL, Trade Union Pro and Service Union United PAM
Inter-generational concerns and strengths II: Institutions and the citizen - Changing Relationship
Description: Sub-study II focuses on the structural factors of the welfare state and examines the relationship between citizens and key institutions. The study examines whether there are differences between generations in the meanings and trust associated with institutions.
Authors: Jenni Simonen and Jussi Westinen
Partners: The Finnish Pension Alliance TELA, Association of Finnish Municipalities and Sitra.
Inter-generational concerns and strengths III: Young people's good life
Description: Sub-study III examines how young people view success in life, their insecurities and concerns, and their place in society. The project has an inclusive approach by using members of the target age group as co-researchers as well as subjects.
Authors: Jenni Simonen, Eija Eronen, Roosa Veijola, and Vilma Niskanen
Partners: Ministry of Education and Culture, Svenska kulturfonden, STTK ry, The Finnish Pension Alliance TELA, City of Oulu, Univerisity of Oulu, City of Vaasa, Vaasan seudun Kehitys Oy VASEK, Väinö Tanner Foundation, and Finnish Cultural Foundation's South Ostrobothnia Regional Fund
In collaboration with Vaasan Setlementti, The Student Union of the University of Vaasa (VYY), Wasa Innovation Center, and Åbo Akademi.
The Quiet Wisdom of Older Women as Cultural Capital
Description: The project examines the wisdom of older women and how it is being transitioned to the next generations.
Authors: Marja Holmila (Emerita, Finnish institute for health and welfare), Jenni Simonen (E2 Research)
Partners: The project is implemented in collaboration with Research Professor Marja Holmila (Emerita, Finnish institute for health and welfare). The partners include the Pensioners' Association, the Finnish Pensioners' Federation, The Central Association of Finnish Pensioners and the Union of Christian Pensioners.
Cross-draught in the air - Is there a common understanding? A study of citizens and policymakers perceptions of climate change.
Duration: September 2019-December 2020
Description: The project examines the attitudes, motivational factors and level of knowledge about climate change among business leaders, policymakers and citizens, as well as internal and interpersonal conflicts.
Authors: E2 Research: Ville Pitkänen, Jussi Westinen, Aino Heikkilä
InnoLab of the University of Vaasa: Mari. K. Niemi, Tommi Lehtonen, Annu Perälä
Partners: Energy Industry Association, Association of Finnish Municipalities, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland, MTK Association, STTK Association, Ministry of Employment and the Economy and Ministry of the Environment, InnoLab University of Vaasa
Startup success factors - a study of the food industry and the case of Nyhtökaura
Description: The project surveys the success factors of startups and the specific characteristics of food startups. The case of Nyhtökaura (pulled oats) is studied as part of the food industry.
Authors: Reetta Kivelä, Aino Heikkilä, Jenni Simonen
Partners: The Finnish Food and Drink Industries' Federation (ETL), K-Group, Ministry of Employment and the Economy and Startup Foundation
Values and identities among the Finnish majority population and the largest ethno-linguistic minorities
Duration: January 2019 to March 2020
Description: The project examines the social values, attitudes and identities of Russian, Estonian, Somali, Arabic and English speakers in Finland. The project examines e.g., the importance of family, work, religion and mother tongue. In addition, the study provides significant new information on the integration of different ethno-linguistic minorities.
Authors: E2 Research: Ville Pitkänen, Jussi Westinen
City of Helsinki: Pasi Saukkonen
Partners: Finnish Cultural Foundation, Ministry of Justice and the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa
Finnish identities, values and attitudes
Description: The study examines the Finnish identities, values and attitudes.
Authors: Ville Pitkänen and Jussi Westinen
Partners: The Finnish Cultural Foundation
Youth not in employment, education or training (NEET)
Description: The project examines Youth not in employment, education or training (NEET) whose voices are often left unheard in other studies. The study looks at the well-being of youth not in employment or education and what could be done to help them.
Authors: Jenni Simonen
Partners: Youth Research Network