SuomiThe cornerstones of Finnish welfare policy, universalism and public services, have already for some time been subject to re-evaluation and transformations. The transformations have major consequences for citizens’ daily lives, social security and rights as well as for the work of welfare professionals.

In the research cluster, these transformations are analysed at the local and national levels as well as at the level of international comparisons. This approach results in politically relevant empirical research that also contributes to the international conceptual and methodological discourse. The research topics include, among others, the following: the welfare and services of children, adolescents and families with children (including child protection); intergenerational and gender relationships; violence; the forms of care; welfare professions; professional practices and their development; structural and operational changes in the service system (e.g. privatisation, individualisation and prioritisation); the position, rights and participation of citizens and clients; population ageing and elderly services.