The Social Policy Association in Finland
The Social Policy Association in Finland was founded in the 1908. The Association arranges its annual National Meeting together with universities. The meeting is usually in the end of the October. It also organizes seminars on current topics of social policy. It publishes a quarterly journal Janus (in Finnish, with English abstracts). The number of members fluctuates from 350 to 450.
The association has the following objectives:
- It aims to develop social policies.
- It aims to promote the discussion in the field of social policy.
- It acts as a link between practitioners and research.
The Board is elected by the General Assembly of the Association as are the President and the Vice-president. Secretary and treasurer are appointed by the board. The board’s members represent universities, various social policy institutions, and nongovernmental organizations.
The association collaborates with national and international organizations. The Association is a member of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies. The ESPAnet is one important international partner. The ESPAnet annual conference was held at the University of Helsinki in 2008. The conference was part of the celebrations marking the anniversary of the Association.
The contact member on international affairs is the president of the Association, Liisa Häikiö (University of Tampere). The other members on the board of Association in 2017 are:
The president, Liisa Häikiö (University of Tampere)
The vice president, Paula Saikkonen (The National Institute for Health and Welfare)
Jenni Blomgren (The Social Insurance Institution of Finland)
Maria Heiskanen (Peliklinikka/Socca)
Heikki Hiilamo (University of Helsinki)
Helena Hirvonen (University of Eastern Finland)
Liisa Hokkanen (University of Lapland)
Henna Isoniemi (University of Turku)
Joel Lindqvist (University of Helsinki, student representative)
Jyri Liukko (Finnish Centre for Pensions)
Teppo Kröger (University of Jyväskylä)
Anne Määttä (Diaconia University of Applied Sciences)
Mikael Nygård (Åbo Akademi University)
Ari-Matti Näätänen (SOSTE Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health)
Elina Pajula (North Karelian Society for Social Security)
Elina Palola (Ministry for Social Affairs and Health)
Juha A. Pantzar (Guarantee Foundation)
Riitta Särkelä (The Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters)