Aila-Leena Matthies

EC member

University of Jyväskylä
Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius
B.O. BOX 567
67701 Kokkola

M  +358 40 7422199


Social work and social policy


Finnish, English, German, Swedish (basic French)

Teaching Subjects

History, Theories and Methods of Social Work, Research in SW, Social Work in International Perspective

Current Activities

Professor of Social Work. Head of academic unit offering social work studies at BA- and MA level; participating in various regional networks of practice research and development of Social Services; supervision of doctoral students of the University of Jyväskylä and co-leader of a group of doctoral students of the Finnish national doctoral school of Social Work; teacher and member of Academic Board of International Doctoral School of Social Work (INDOSOW); coordinating the European network of Adult Life Long Learning in Social Work (ALLISW) of schools offering Education of Social Work for adult part-time students

Fields of (Scientific) Interest

Participation and marginalisation, Community work and Eco-Social approach, Social Work in Global Perspective, Comparative research of Welfare policies and services, Gender and Citizenship as well as Third sector

Current research interests

The Role of welfare services for the participative citizenship of marginalised groups; Citizens participation and welfare services; Future of welfare services; eco-social transformation