Mathew Puthenparambil Jiby, Projektitutkija/Project Researcher

Mathew Puthenparambil Jiby, Projektitutkija/Project Researcher
Yhteiskuntapolitiikka/Social and public policy
Opinkivi 230.1.

Jiby Mathew Puthenparambil is a doctoral student and a researcher. He had earned his master’s degree in Health Science (in Gerontology and Public Health) from the University of Jyväskylä and also had a master’s degree in Social Work from Mahatma Gandhi University, India. His research interests are related to older people such as care policy, social service, service usage and voluntary work. He was a team member in the MOVAGE (’Moving in Old Age: Transitions in Housing and Care’, funded by Academy of Finland 2011–2015) research project, and also an active member in the Nordic Research Network on Marketisation in Eldercare (funded by Nordforsk & FAS 2012–2014). Besides the academic career, he had worked as a professional social worker in India for a couple of years.


Ph.D Project

In recent years, Finland has witnessed several changes in the social care sector, particularly in the care for older people. First of all, a coverage drop is evident in all types of public care provisions for older people, and second, there has been substantial and fast growth in the private care sector. A recent estimation suggests that the private sector produces a third of the care support for older people. Through this project, I try to examine the use of social care services, public and private, at two stages; first, at the municipality level, that is, how differently municipalities are organizing their care services for older people? How often is the private sector involved in organizing social care provisions, particularly in home help and service housing with 24 hours assistance?; second, at the individual level, how older people use formal private and public care services? Why older people choose private care as an alternative source in a comprehensive tax-subsidized Finnish social care system? How often do older people receive support from public and private sectors?


Research Areas

Research related to older people: care policy, social service, service usage, voluntary work. 



Globalisation and Social Justice


The Relevance and Benefits of my Research

My research project focuses on the ongoing changes in the care service for older people in Finland, especially the increasing role of private service provisions. My project interests both policy makers and researchers to understand the present trends in the Finnish care system and also to comprehend the impact of privatization of care service on older people.

Recent Publications

Mathew Puthenparambil, Jiby & Kröger, Teppo (2016). Using private social care services in Finland: Free or forced choices for older people? Journal of Social Service Research. Special Issue [Forthcoming].

Mathew Puthenparambil, Jiby, Kröger, Teppo & van Aarschot, Lina. (2015). Users of Home Care Services in a Nordic Welfare State under Marketisation: The Rich, the Poor and the Sick. Health and Social Care in the Community. DOI: 10.1111/hsc.12245

Mathew Puthenparambil, Jiby. (2012). Influence of voluntary work intervention on the mood status of the older volunteers. https://jyx.jyu.fi/dspace/handle/123456789/38038