Personal profile

Research interests

My research interests include material culture, consumption, lifestyle, work and leisure, family and gender history as well as microhistory, cultural history and history of elites in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Sweden, Finland and Europe.

I have published on material culture, consuming practices, credit and debt, private economy of elite families, handicrafts and shopping, life at country house and in town, food culture and work of servants. My current research topics include research on the cultural history of work, material culture, everyday life, family history and material culture of opera, as well as country houses and manorial society in eighteenth-century Sweden.

Together with Charlotta Wolff, I organise the online seminar Methods in cultural and intellectual history (Europe, Scandinavia).


From 2023, I am the president of the Finnish Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

I am a member of the board for open access history journal Historisk Tidskrift för Finland, member of the board for open access journal Apparence(s), and member of the editorial board for the series Crossing Boundaries: Turku Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Amsterdam University Press.

From 2011 to 2022, I was co-editor for the open access 1700-tal – Nordic Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and from 2016 to 2020, co-editor for Historiallinen Aikakauskirja.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, English abstract: Consumption and the lifestyle of the high nobility in eighteenth-century Sweden, University of Helsinki

Award Date: 10 Nov 2009

Licenciate, University of Helsinki

Award Date: 21 Dec 2004

Master, University of Helsinki

Award Date: 28 Nov 2000

External positions

Visiting associate professor, University of Luxembourg


Professor, University of Turku


Docent of European History, University of Helsinki

2015 → …

Docent of Finnish and European History, University of Turku

2015 → …

Postdoctoral researcher (Academy of Finland), University of Helsinki


Visinting Research Fellow, University of Northampton


Postdoctoral researcher, University of Helsinki


Editor; managing editor, Finnish Literature Society



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