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 has participated in the work of many Nordic, European and global research networks, made research visits to universities in Australia, Britain, Italy, Japan, Sweden and Taiwan, and given lectures and presentations in over 30 countries. From 2018 to 2025 he leads the Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoE AgeCare, funded by the Academy of Finland).

Research Areas

Teppo Kröger's primary research focus is on care policy seen from local, comparative and global perspectives (concerning issues like care services for disabled and older people, reconciliation of work and care, integration of formal and informal care, conditions of care work, childcare and family policy). In his research, he aims to integrate different theoretical and empirical approaches, coming especially from social policy, disability studies, social gerontology, family sociology and governance studies. He has created new conceptual perspectives for the analysis of care policy, e.g. the concepts of welfare municipality, weak universalism, dedomestication, care capital and care poverty.

Research Projects and Networks

Teppo Kröger co-ordinates the Research Group on Care Policy (CARPO). He has been leading or otherwise closely involved in many international collaborative research projects, including:

  • the Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoE AgeCare, funded by Academy of Finland 2018–2025),
  • 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 & 2015–2016),
  • 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 a number of international research networks, including:

Teppo Kröger has evaluated applicants for professorial and lecturer positions as well as research proposals in Australia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. He has also served as a referee for six Finnish and 23 international journals (e.g. Ageing & Society, Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of Social Policy, Social Policy and Administration, Social Politics) and as an external expert for the UK Government Office for Science and the European Network of Experts on Gender Equality (ENEGE). He is currently Finland's representative in the Academic Network of European Disability Experts (ANED), a Humanities and Social Sciences Panel Member of the Swedish Research Council (international postdoc programme), and a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the new International Journal of Care and Caring.

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, housing, 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.

Teaching and supervision

Teppo Kröger teaches especially on care policies, local governance and comparative and global social policy. His courses include:

    • YKPA165   Government and forms of governance
    • YKPA470   Family, care and social policy
    • YKPS325   Classics and history of theory
    • YFIS3001   Master thesis seminar I
    • YFIS3002   Master thesis seminar II
    • YKPS3010 Policy analysis
    • YKPS3103 Care policy: ageing, disability and the state

He 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, Auli Dahlström, Matti Kajaste, Sher E. Khoda, Youngbin Kwon, Emilia Leinonen, Andres Perendi, Jiby Mathew Puthenparambil, Tiina Sihto, Paula Vasara and Soili Vento. 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).

Recent Publications