Pekka Hakkarainen

Official title: Research Professor, PhD
Tel. +358 29 524 7161
E-mail: [email protected]


  • Drug use and drug policy
  • Substance use and addiction
  • Polydrug use of alcohol, drugs and medicines
  • Premature deaths of young people

Primary duties



  • 2000, Adjunct Professor of Sociology, University of Turku
  • 1998, Adjunct Professor of Economic Sociology, University of Turku
  • 1993, Doctor of Social Sciences, University of Turku

Professional background

  • Head of  Alcohol, Drugs and Addictions Unit
  • Director of Department, THL
  • Director of Division, STAKES
  • Group Head, STAKES
  • Senior Researcher, STAKES
  • Senior Assistant, University of Turku
  • Associate Professor, Turku School of Economics and Business Administration
  • Assistant, University of Turku
  • Researcher, Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies

Current projects

  • 2022–, Out of Despair – providing solutions to break the pathways leading to violent, suicidal and drug-induced deaths of young people (Young Despair), The Strategic Research Council, Finland
  • 2010–, The Global Cannabis Cultivation Research Consortium (GCCRC)
  • 1992–, Population surveys on drug use, THL

Previous projects

2014–2018, Making sense of polydrug use: Prevalence, use patterns and harms, Academy of Finland

Professional memberships

Member of the Drug Policy Coordination Group

Publications and research


Hakkarainen P: Suomalainen huumekysymys. Huumausaineiden yhteiskunnallinen paikka Suomessa toisen maailmansodan jälkeen [Finnish drug issue. The social status of drugs in the post-Second World War Finland]. Helsinki: Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies, Publications No. 42, 1992

More publications

More information online

Twitter: @HakkarainenPekk