Taipale Sakari, Akatemiatutkija / Academy Researcher

Taipale Sakari, Akatemiatutkija / Academy Researcher
Yhteiskuntapolitiikka/Social and public policy
Opinkivi 102.2

Areas of Interest

  • digital technologies, new media, ageing, the life course, inequalties, mobilities, social robots  

Research Projects

  • The Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (Research Group Leader, CoE AgeCare, funded by Academy of Finland 2018–2025)
  • Intergenerational Relations in Broadband Societies (iGRIB), 2013-2018 (Academy of Finland)
  • Geographical and Social Location in the Everyday Use of ICTs, 2011-2013 (Academy of Finland)

The Relevance and Benefits of Research

My research produces knowledge about the relationships between information technology, digital services and the human in a changing world. It clarifies the opportunities and social ills that stem from the uptake and use of new technologies and online services. Recently, I have considered particularly important to unfold those user-oriented practices that improve the well-being of individuals and enhance the social coherence of families. Such practices may counterbalance the negative impacts of increased mobility and individual networking, the sides of these mega-trends that are still widely overlooked. In general, my research findings have a wide applicability beyond the academia. They lend themselves for decision-makers, who are keen to understand the social, economic and geographical inequalities related to the use of digital technologies and services. The results produced in my projects also debunk many myths and stereotypical conceptions of digital technology and service users, which may be benefited in the better design and targeting of new products and services. Media professionals as well as associations and experts working with families can draw on my findings, which clarify communication practices within families in the age of mobile and social media. 


Recent Publications

  • Taipale, S., Wilska, T.-A. and Gilleard, C. (eds.) (2018) Digital technologies and generational identity: ICT usage across the life course. London: Routledge.
  • Fortunati L. & Taipale, S. (2017) A different Glimpse Into Mobilities: On the Interrelations Between Geographical and Social Mobility. The Information Society, 33(5), 261-270.
  • Kuoppamäki, S.-M., Taipale, S. and Wilska, T.-A.(2017) The use of mobile technology for online shopping and entertainment among older adults in Finland. Telematics and Informatics, 34(4), 110–117. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tele.2017.01.005
  • Fortunati, L. & Taipale, S. (2017) Mobilities and the Network of Personal Technologies: Refining the Understanding of Mobility Structure. Telematics and Informatics, 34(2) 560–568. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tele.2016.09.011
  • Fortunati, L., & Taipale, S. (2017). Mobile Communication : Media Effects. In P. Rössler, C. A. Hoffner, & L. van Zoonen (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Media Effects (pp. 1241-1252). John Wiley & Sons.
  • Taipale, S. (2016) Do the mobile-rich get richer? Internet use, travelling, and social differentiations in Finland. New Media and Society. 18 (1), 44-61. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461444814536574
  • Taipale, S. (2016) Synchronicity matters: defining the characteristics of digital generations, Information, Communication & Society, 19(1), 80-94. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2015.1093528 
  • Vincent, J., Taipale, S., Sapio, B., Lugano, G., Fortunati, L. (Eds.) (2015) Social Robots from a Human Perspective. Cham: Springer


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