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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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Sustainable working life and coping at work in times of large-scale institutional changes in social and health sectors (2019)

Funded by Foundation for Economic Education, this project engages in longitudinal analysis of individual and social processes for coping at work and sustainable working life in times of large-scale institutional changes (SOTE) in the health care and social services fields. We focus on employees and management of two drug and mental health rehabilitation organisations in the third sector.

Our previous data shows the emotional constrains for employees of the health care and social services organisations of: 

  1. the demanding nature of care work itself, 
  2. the ongoing organisational changes and privatisation in order to find better competitive advantages in the field, and 
  3. the ongoing macro level reform that leaves much to uncertainty at present stage but does have substantial effects on the whole field and organisations operating within it. 

Also studying the organisational and institutional change processes generate important information of how these affect organisational policies and practices, as well as the mundane every day work and coping at work.


Co-creating Gender Equality from Classroom to Organization:

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.