Kröger Teppo, Professori/Professor

Kröger Teppo, Professori/Professor
Yhteiskuntapolitiikka/Social and public policy
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Teppo Kröger is Professor of Social and Public Policy at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy of the University of Jyväskylä. He leads the Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoE AgeCare) and co-ordinates the Research Group on Care Policy (CARPO). He has led and participated in many Nordic, European and global research projects and networks and made research visits to universities in Australia, Britain, Italy, Japan, Sweden and Taiwan.

Research areas

Teppo Kröger's primary research focus is on care policy seen from local, comparative and global perspectives, and his studies have analysed, for example, long-term care for older people, reconciliation of work and care, integration of formal and informal care, conditions of care work and childcare policy. In his research, he aims to integrate different theoretical and empirical approaches of social policy, disability studies, social gerontology, family sociology and governance studies. He has drafted new conceptual perspectives for the analysis of care policy, including the concepts of welfare municipality, weak universalism, dedomestication, demographic paniccare capital and care poverty.

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Research projects and networks

Teppo Kröger has been leading or otherwise closely involved in a number of international collaborative research efforts, including:

  • the Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoE AgeCare, funded by Academy of Finland 2018–2025),
  • the AAC2040 project ('Active Ageing and Care in 2040', funded by Academy of Finland 2018–2022),
  • the LinkAGE project (‘Linked Ageing: Interdependencies in Housing and Care in the Course of Later Life’, funded by Academy of Finland 2016–2020),
  • the MOVAGE project (‘Moving in Old Age: Transitions in Housing and Care’, funded by Academy of Finland 2011–2015),
  • the FLOWS project (‘Impact of Local Welfare Systems on Female Labour Force Participation and Social Cohesion’, funded by EU, FP7 2011–2014),
  • the LIVINDHOME project (‘Living Independently at Home: Reforms in Organisation and Governance of European Home Care for Elderly and Disabled People’, funded by DREES 2010–2011),
  • the FAMILYPLATFORM project (‘Social Platform on Research for Families and Family Policies’, funded by EU FP7 2009–2011),
  • the WOCAWO project (‘Working Carers and Caring Workers’, funded by Academy of Finland 2008–2011),
  • the CareContext project (‘Care in Context: The Everyday Formation of Care within European Welfare Systems’, funded by Academy of Finland 2006–2011),
  • the NORDCARE and NORDCARE2 projects (‘The Everyday Realities of Elder Care in the Nordic Welfare States’, funded by FAS, FORTE & TSR 2006–2009 & 2015–2018),
  • the SOCCARE Project (‘New Kinds of Families, New Kinds of Social Care’, funded by EU FP5 2000–2003).

As well, he has been a member of several major international research networks:

Teaching and supervision

Teppo Kröger supervises master and doctoral theses that analyse social policies of ageing, care, disability, family and childhood. At the moment, he is supervising the following PhD students: Mari Aholainen, Tuulikki Alanko, Ulla Halonen, Matti Kajaste, Sher E. Khoda, Youngbin Kwon, Emilia Leinonen, Salla Manninen, Jiby Mathew Puthenparambil, Tiina Sihto, Paula Vasara and Liliya Zenina. His students have been awarded for the Best PhD Thesis of the University of Jyvaskylä (Helena Hirvonen, 2014) and the Best Master Thesis in Social Policy in Finland (Emilia Leinonen, 2014).

Expert positions

Teppo Kröger has evaluated applicants for Professor and Lecturer positions in Australia, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway and the United Kingdom as well as research proposals in Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, the Netherlands, Sweden and for the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grants) and the Open Research Area for the Social Sciences (ORA). He has been a pre-examiner and faculty opponent of PhD theses in Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish universities. He is a member of editorial boards of the International Journal of Care and Caring, the Nordic Journal of Social Research and the Social Work & Social Sciences Review. He has served as a referee for 30 different academic journals and as an external expert for the European Network of Experts on Gender Equality (ENEGE) and the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD). He is currently the representative of Finland in the Academic Network of European Disability Experts (ANED) and a Humanities and Social Sciences Panel Member of the Swedish Research Council (international postdoc programme). He is a board member of the Social Policy Association in Finland since 2012. As well, he is a founding member and a board (vice) member of the Finnish Society for Disability Research since 2006.

Relevance and benefits of research

Teppo Kröger's research produces knowledge on the different ways support and care for children, disabled persons and older people can be organised and on the manifold outcomes these solutions have for various areas of the society (e.g. labour markets, well-being, equality, gender and generational relations). This knowledge is relevant for policy-makers, NGOs, user organisations, labour unions and other actors of the care policy scene.

Recent publications

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