Research Group on Care Policy (CARPO)

Research Group on Care Policy (CARPO) focuses in its research on the ongoing transformations of the welfare state, demography, social values, and family and labour market structures, analyzing the effects that these societal changes have for the opportunities of individuals and families to build well-functioning care arrangements. Care policies are examined from three different key perspectives: whether they meet the users’ needs and promote their well-being and self-determination; whether they support family members and enable work-family reconciliation; and whether they provide decent working conditions that make the provision of quality care possible for care workers.

Our research addresses the whole sphere of care concerning different user groups (older people, families with children, disabled people), provider sectors (public, non-profit, for-profit) and degrees of formalization (formal, semi-formal, informal). Our work highlights also a number of issues that are closely linked with care, such as gender, housing, living environments, technology, and encountering violence. A large part of our research is international by its character, comparing policies and practices in Nordic, European and global contexts. We are active participants in a number of international research networks and projects and welcome new ideas for collaboration.

From 2018 to 2025 the Academy of Finland is funding the Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoE AgeCare), which is a joint large-scale multidisciplinary research effort of CARPO and its partners at the University of Helsinki and the University of Tampere. The home site of CoE AgeCare is here. This CoE funding covers eight years (2018–2025) and is the largest research grant that is available in Finland. The CoE works in close co-operation with leading international scholars of the research field.

Ongoing research projects and networks

Recent publications in English