Maria Vaalavuo

Maria Vaalavuo, THL

Name: Maria Vaalavuo
Job title: Chief researcher
Tel: +358-295246754
E-mail: [email protected]


  • Use of social and health services
  • Health and social inequalities
  • Social assistance
  • Relationship between health and employment
  • EU social policy

Primary duties

  • Research 
  • Expert advice


  • 2020, Adjunct Professor (docent) in Sociology, University of Turku
  • 2011, PhD, social and political sciences, European University Institute (Florence, Italy)
  • 2006, Master of political sciences, social policy, University of Turku

Work experience

  • Socio-economic analyst at the Directorate-General of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion / European Commission
  • Senior officer at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Language skills

  • Finnish (mother tongue)
  • Swedish (fair)
  • English (excellent)
  • French (excellent)
  • Italian (fair)

Current projects


Doctoral dissertation

Scientific articles

Scientifiac books

Book reviews