Social and Economic Sustainability of Future Working Life
The WeAll Consortium brings together a multidiscipliary research team based at the University of Helsinki, Hanken School of Economics, and Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics.
The Project is funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland. SRC provides funding for long-term and programme-based research aimed at finding solutions to the major challenges facing Finnish society.
In the WeAll project we explore factors that support and, on the other hand, restrict the opportunities of different people and diverse groups in working life. Demographic changes, regional differences, the reconciling of work and private life, as well as organisational and management practices, all affect these opportunities. We address how age, gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and location have an impact on working life. Our collaboration and dialogue with stakeholders promotes the co-production of knowledge on equalities and inequalities in working life, and on well-being at work.
creates new knowledge for the development of sustainable and equal working life in rural and urban contexts
develops information and tools for identifying diversity and promoting equality at work
identifies barriers to employment and possibilities for reconciling work and other spheres of life
contributes research-based proposals for policies and practices for the improvement of well-being at work and the lengthening of careers
provides knowledge for decision-making processes on the development of working life and the renewal of basic services and benefit schemes.
WeAll combines academic research and societal engagement in new ways. WeAll develops and enhances dialogue between the multidisciplinary research group and stakeholders in working life.
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Innovations in Nordic Welfare Societies
Financed by NIKK and Nordic Council of Ministers, the GODESS Institute, alongside its partners in two other Nordic locations (KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm; Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in Copenhagen) brings together a diverse set of stakeholders in three Nordic countries to participate in an exploratory co-creative workshop combining three interrelated topics:
(i) Gender-influenced educational choices by young people,
(ii) Problems due to norms of masculinity in leadership,
(iii) Gendered organisational norms.
Following methodology development between the three partner teams, three workshops take place in succession in three Nordic locations, namely Stockholm, Helsinki and Copenhagen. The workshops include business and academic leaders, educators, managers, students, volunteers, NGOs, educational institutions, and youth/student organisations, allowing them to discuss the topics in one shared forum as well as co-create solutions to these issues. Using the workshops as data, the research team analyse the insights to synthesise outcomes, i.e. policy and action strategies, and methods for addressing such organisational challenges in a Nordic context.
Carried out in cooperation between 3 Nordic business schools/universities, added value will be:
- Generating comparative data that portrays differences and similarities in the Nordic countries in regard to gender equality. This makes it possible to share effective best practices as well as develop and disseminate shared solutions, contributing to Nordic competence and competitiveness in providing norm-critical and inclusive study and work environments.
- A unique and diverse set of participants who generate a critical focus on how opportunity is often gendered: in the classroom, in organisations, and in leadership. This facilitates a Nordic community of students, teachers, colleagues & leaders, actively creating more equal opportunities now.
- Long-term positive impact due to an action and solution focus. This ensures that activities will be carried out after the project ends, creating significant lasting effects in all three Nordic countries.