Silvasti Tiina, Professori / Professor

Silvasti Tiina, Professori / Professor
Studysubject:
Yhteiskuntapolitiikka / Social and public policy
Room:
Opinkivi 215.1.

Biography

Tiina Silvasti was born in Vihti, Finland, on August 14th, 1967. She graduated from Vihti high school in 1986, gained Master’s degree in social policy in 1996 and doctor’s degree in 2001 at the University of Helsinki. She is now a Professor of Social and Public Policy in the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She has in particular studied the social consequences of structural change in agriculture. Her recent research interests focus on food system studies, especially the First World hunger and equality studies.

 

Areas of Interest

-Food system studies

-Rural sociology

-Studies on equality

-Qualitative methods

 

Research Areas

Recent research interests lie on food system studies, especially first world hunger, and studies on equality.

The Relevance and Benefits of my Research

My research group produces scientifically justifiable knowledge for decision makers to understand how environmental, social and political changes impact on the food system and, hence, for the food security, health, and well-being of citizens. The goal is to foresee and develop interventions that tackle the underlying causes rather than mere symptoms of vulnerabilities, and to enable decision makers to cope with increasing eco-social changes predicted to occur in the near future. Personally I am interested in food poverty and human right to food. For further information see: http://www.jyu.fi/hytk/fi/laitokset/yfi/en/research/projects/research-groups/foodsystem

 

Recent Publications

Peer-reviewed scientific articles

Tiina Silvasti (2015) Food Aid – Normalising the Abnormal in Finland. Social Policy and Society, available on CJO2015. doi:10.1017/S1474746415000123.

Paloviita, A.; Puupponen, A.; Kortetmäki, T. & Silvasti, T. (2015) Measuring Vulnerability in the Food System. Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.59-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: July 9, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 443.106KB)).

Edited books

Della Porta, Donatella & Hänninen, Sakari & Siisiäinen, Martti & Silvasti, Tiina (eds.) Making and Unmaking Precariousness. Basingstoke: PalgraveMacMillan, October 2015.

Jakonen, Mikko & Silvasti, Tiina (ed.)(2015) Talouden uudet muodot. Helsinki, Into-Kustannus.

Lempiäinen, Kirsti & Silvasti, Tiina (ed.)(2014) Eriarvoisuuden rakenteet (Structures of Inequality). Tampere, Vastapaino.

Riches, Graham & Silvasti, Tiina (ed.) (2014) First World Hunger Revisited. Food Charity or Right to Food? PalgraveMacMillan.

Book chapters

Brunori, Gianluca & Silvasti, Tiina (2015) Food Security during Climate Change: the Challenge of European Diversity. In Paloviita, Ari & Järvelä, Marja (eds.) Climate Change Adaptation and Food Supply Chain Management. Routledge, August 2015.

Silvasti, Tiina & Hänninen, Sakari (2015) Giving up farming as a precarious decision. In Della Porta, Donatella & Hänninen, Sakari & Siisiäinen, Martti & Silvasti, Tiina (eds.) Making and Unmaking Precariousness. Basingstoke: PalgraveMacMillan, October 2015.

Silvasti, Tiina & Riches, Graham (2014) What Hope for the Right to Food? In Riches, Graham & Silvasti, Tiina (ed.) First World Hunger Revisited. Food Charity or Right to Food? Basingstoke: PalgraveMacMillan.

Riches Graham & Silvasti, Tiina (2014) Hunger in the Rich World: Food Aid and Right to Food Perspectives. In Riches, Graham & Silvasti, Tiina (ed.) First World Hunger Revisited. Food Charity or Right to Food? Basingstoke: PalgraveMacMillan.

Silvasti, Tiina & Karjalainen, Jouko (2014) Hunger in a Nordic Welfare State: Finland. In Riches, Graham & Silvasti, Tiina (ed.) First World Hunger Revisited. Food Charity or Right to Food? Basingstoke: PalgraveMacMillan.

Silvasti, Tiina (2014) Participatory Alternatives for Charity Food Delivery? Finnish Development in an International Comparison. In Aila-Leena Matthies & Lars Uggerhöj (ed.) Participation, marginalization and welfare services – concepts, politics and practices across European countries. London, Ashgate, p. 263-285.

 

Teaching (list of courses)

-Introduction in social and public policy

-Society

-Qualitative methods

-Master’s seminar

-Food system studies

-Normative foundations