Jolanki Outi, Yliopistotutkija/University Researcher

I work as a University Researcher in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the University of Jyväskylä in the LinkAge-project (SA 2016-2020, PI Teppo Kröger). The LinkAge project studies linkages between ageing, care and housing choices from a life-course perspective, and in the context of care and housing policies. Currently I am also working to finalize the ASUVA-project (www.communityforallages.fi) in which I worked as a director (6/2016-4/2017). Along with my position in Jyväskylä I work as a part-time research manager in the University of Tampere (Faculty of Social Sciences, Health Sciences) in the gerontology group. Much of my work and publications address agency of older people and their chances to be active agents in their own lives and in their community. I have conducted research on older people’s and their family members’ decision-making concerning health, care arrangements and housing and living environment. Senior retirement and collaborative housing interest me as topics since they provide concrete platforms to study whether and how older people are able to remain socially engaged in a society and have a say in their local communities. These topics exemplify how older people take action, design and execute their own solutions for care and housing, and act together for the benefit and wellbeing of all parties involved. In recent years I have become interested in longitudinal qualitative research as well participatory approach. A practical example of this is collecting longitudinal data on people living in senior collective housing unit in Central-Finland (2014, 2015, 2016). The LinkAge project provides an opportunity to combine longitudinal data collection with participatory approach to study development of different forms of senior housing and their linkages to not just to care choices and wellbeing of older people but to evolving care and housing policies.
Studysubject:
Yhteiskuntapolitiikka/Social and public policy
Room:
Opinkivi 230.3

Biography

My background is in Sociology (M.Soc.Sc.) after which I have conducted my PhD studies in Social Gerontology and Health Sciences. After completing my PhD I have worked at the University of Jyväskylä Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy for several years, in the Academy of Finland funded projects studying interlinkages of ageing, care policies and family care, work-life and housing situation of older people and their next of kin/family members (WOCAWO 2008-2011, MOVAGE 2012-2015).
 
2015-2016 I worked in the University of Tampere in a project studying health reform and patient choice in primary health care (VALINT-project, National Institute for Health and Welfare & University of Tampere). 2016-2017 I have worked as a project director in the University of Tampere in the ASUVA-project (6/2016-4/2017, www.communityforallages.fi) which studies national and international practices and models to promote a sense of community, social engagement and wellbeing of older people. From March 2017 I returned to the University of Jyväskylä to work in the LinkAge-project (SA 2016-2020, PI Teppo Kröger).  Along with my position in Jyväskylä I continue as a part-time research manager in the University of Tampere (Faculty of Social Sciences, Health Sciences) in the gerontology group. Year 2015 I recieved the title of Docent (Adjunt Professor) in Social Gerontology, University of Helsinki.

 

 

 

Areas of Interest

sosiaaligerontologia, ympäristögerontologia, terveyden tutkimus, asumisen tutkimus, toimijuus, hoiva- ja asuntopolitiikka /

social gerontology, environmental gerontology, health research, housing research, agency, care and housing policies 

Research Areas

vanheneminen, vanhuus, hoiva, omaishoiva, asuminen, yhteisasuminen, yhteisöllisyys, yhteisöllinen asuminen, hyvinvointi, aktiivinen kansalaisuus, paikallaan ikääntyminen /

ageing, care, family care, housing, collaborative housing, a sense of community, cohousing, wellbeing, active citizenship, Ageing in Place

 

Recent Publications

Jolanki, O. (2016). Liian vanha vai liian nuori muuttamaan? Iän merkitys asumisen valinnoissa [Too old or too young to move? Meaning of age in housing choices]. In Juhila, J. & Kröger, T. (eds). Siirtymät ja valinnat asumispoluilla [Transitions and choices in housing pathways], pp.134-162. Jyväskylä: SoPhi (www.jyu.fi/sophi), e-book.

 Jolanki, O. (2016). Whose business it is anyway? Distributing responsibilities between family members and formal carers. In Östman, J-O. & Solin, A. (eds.) Discourse and Responsibility in Professional Settings, pp. 96-119. London: Equinox Publishing.

Jolanki, O. & Sinervo, T. (2016). Valinnanvapaus ja palveluiden integraatio työntekijänäkökulmasta [Patient choice and service integration from the workers perspective]. In Vehko, T., Tynkkynen, L-K. & Aalto, A. (eds.) Mitä kuuluu perusterveydenhuolto? Valinnanvapaus ja integraatio palveluiden kehittämisen polttopisteessä [How are you Finnish health centre? Freedom of choice and care integration as central targets of development], pp.76-97. Helsinki, The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Raportti 16/2016.

 Jolanki, O. (2015a). Elderly parents’ need for help and adult children’s moving decisions. Journal of Housing for the Elderly. Special Issue: Northern Lights on Housing for Elderly People Research, 29 (1-2), 77-91.

Jolanki, O. (2015b) Jäädä vai lähteä? Muuttosyyt 75+-haastatteluissa [To stay or to go? Reasons to move among people 75+]. Gerontologia: Asuminen ja asuinympäristöt teemanumero 4/2015. 

Jolanki, O. (2015c) To work or to care? Working women’s decision-making. Community, Work and Family, 18 (3), 268-283. 

Jolanki, O. (2015d). Whose business it is anyway? Distributing responsibilities between family members and formal carers. Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice. Special Issue: Discourse and Responsibility, 9 (3), 2012@2015, 319-340.

Jolanki,O. & Kröger, T. (2015). Onko vanhalla vara valita? Vanhojen ihmisten uudet asumisvaihtoehdot [Can older people afford to choose? New housing options for older people]. Teoksessa Häkli, J., Vilkko, R. & Vähäkylä, L. Kaikki kotona?Asumisen uudet tuulet [New options in housing], pp.82-92. Helsinki, Gaudeamus, Tutkitusti-sarja.

Jolanki, O. & Vilkko, A. (2015). The meaning of a ‘sense of community’ in a Finnish senior cohousing community’. Journal of Housing for the Elderly. Special Issue: Nordic housing research, 29 (1-2), 111-125.

Jolanki, O., Szebehely, M. & Kauppinen, K. (2013). Family rediscovered? Working carers of older people in Finland and Sweden. In Kröger, T. & Yeandle, S. (eds.). Combining Paid Work and Family Care. Policies and perspectives in international perspective, pp. 53-69. Bristol: Policy Press.

Juhila, K., Jolanki, O. & Vilkko, A. (2016). Siirtymät ja valinnat vanhojen ihmisten ja asunnottomien asumispoluilla [Transitions and choices in the housing pathways of older and homeless people]. Teoksessa Juhila, J. & Kröger, T. (toim.). Siirtymät ja valinnat asumispoluilla [Transitions and choices in housing pathways], pp.11-39. Jyväskylä: SoPhi (www.jyu.fi/sophi), e-book.

Pulkki, J., Tynkkynen, L-K. & Jolanki, O. Vanhenemisen paikat Vanhuspalvelulain lähetekeskustelussa [Definitions of appropriate places to live in old age in the parliamentary speech]. Yhteiskuntapolitiikka. 82 (1), 45-54.

Teaching (list of courses)