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I am a Doctoral Student in Social Policy with a research focus on informal care with the overall development in Finnish social care for older adults with care needs as an important context. I use qualitative and quantitative methods in my Thesis that consists of four studies. 

In 2018-2021, I coordinated and worked with the evaluation of the Expert Caregiver project [Erfarenhetsmentorer för närståendevårdare] led by Fredrica Nyqvist, where we trained former caregivers to become peer supports to current caregivers. It was a collaboration between Åbo Akademi University, Novia University of Applied Sciences and NGO Folkhälsan. I am also involved in the gerontological regional data base and GERDA survey in 2016 and 2021.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality


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