Timo Kauppinen

Timo Kauppinen

Year of birth: 1974
Title: Research manager
Tel. +358 29 524 7233
E-mail: [email protected]


  • Housing, housing conditions
  • Residential segregation and geographical differences in well-being
  • Social inequality in transition to adulthood

Primary duties

  • Research related to my areas of expertise


  • 2011, Adjunct Professor (Docent) in Sociology, University of Helsinki
  • 2005, Doctor of Social Sciences, Sociology, University of Helsinki
  • 1999, Master of Social Sciences, Sociology, University of Helsinki

Professional background

  • 2016–, Research manager, National Institute for Health and Welfare
  • 2007–2016, Senior researcher, National Institute for Health and Welfare (on leave 2010-2012)
  • 2010–2012, Professor (fixed term), Department of Social Research, University of Turku
  • 1998–2007, research and teaching duties, Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki

Current projects

  • 2020–2022 Muuttoliike ja sosiaalipolitiikka lähiöiden väestörakenteen ja sosiaalisten ongelmien muokkaajina (Residential mobility and social policy as factors shaping the population structure and social problems in suburban neighbourhoods)
    • The project aims to increase the understanding of segregation mechanisms and to strengthen the promotion of well-being in suburban neighbourhoods. This will be done by producing new information on 1) the development of the population structure of the suburban neighbourhoods in the largest Finnish cities, 2) how different social problems are associated with the population structure, 3) how selective migration affects the population structure and the concentration of social problems, 4) how the receipt of welfare benefits is associated with residential mobility, and 5) how social work can support the housing situations of those in the most vulnerable positions.  Primarily individual-level longitudinal register-based data are analyzed, but also survey and interview data. Answers to the research questions help in understanding the trajectories of different types of suburban neighbourhoods and in developing policies related to housing, social security and social work in order to control the development of residential segregation and to promote housing security. The project is be carried out as a consortium between the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela).
  • 2020–2021 COVID-19-epidemian taloudelliset vaikutukset lapsiperheissä (Economic effects of the COVID-19 epidemic in families with children)
    • The aim of the project is to produce information on how the COVID-19 epidemic affects different population groups and regions economically. We ask 1) how have the earnings changed in different population groups and regions, particularly among families with children, and 2) how have income transfers compensated for the decreases in earnings? We use the income register of the tax administration, data on income transfers from Kela (The Social Insurance Institution of Finland) and Finanssivalvonta (The Financial Supervisory Authority) and population register data from Statistics Finland. We compare monthly development in earnings and income transfers in different population groups and regions before the COVID-19 epidemic and since its beginning.

Selected publications in English

This list contains my recent peer-reviewed journal articles in English. A more complete list can be found in my Google Scholar profile.

Kauppinen TM, van Ham M, Bernelius V (2021) Understanding the Effects of School Catchment Areas and Households with Children in Ethnic Residential Segregation. Housing Studies.

Torpan K, Sinitsyna A, Kährik A, Kauppinen TM, Tammaru T (2020) Overlap of migrants' housing and neighbourhood mobility. Housing Studies.

Vaalavuo M, van Ham M, Kauppinen TM (2019) Income mobility and moving to a better neighbourhood – an enquiry into ethnic differences in Finland. European Sociological Review 35:4, 538-551.

Kauppinen TM, van Ham M (2019) Unravelling the demographic dynamics of ethnic residential segregation. Population, Space and Place 25:2, e2193.

Lorentzen T, Bäckman O, Ilmakunnas I, Kauppinen TM (2019) Pathways to Adulthood: Sequences in the School-to-Work Transition in Finland, Norway and Sweden. Social Indicators Research 141, 1285-1305.  

Minas R, Jakobsen V, Kauppinen T, Korpi T, Lorentzen T (2018) The governance of poverty: Welfare reform, activation policies, and social assistance benefits and caseloads in Nordic countries. Journal of European Social Policy 28:5, 487-500. 

Kemppainen T, Kauppinen TM, Sund R, Stjernberg M (2018) Tenure structure and perceived social disorder in post-WWII suburban housing estates: A multi-level study with a representative sample of estates. Acta Sociologica 61:3, 246-262.

Sirniö O, Kauppinen TM, Martikainen P (2017) Intergenerational determinants of joint labor market and family formation pathways in early adulthood. Advances in Life Course Research 34, 10-21. 

Wessel T, Andersson R, Kauppinen TM, Skifter Andersen H (2017) Spatial integration of immigrants in Nordic cities: the relevance of spatial assimilation theory in a welfare state context. Urban Affairs Review 53:5, 812-842.

Vauhkonen T, Kallio J, Kauppinen TM, Erola J (2017) Intergenerational accumulation of social disadvantages across generations in young adulthood. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 48, 42-52.

Sirniö O, Kauppinen TM, Martikainen P (2017) Cohort Differences in Intergenerational Income Transmission in Finland. Acta Sociologica 60:1, 21-39.

Kallio J, Kauppinen TM, Erola J (2016) Cumulative Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Secondary Education in Finland. European Sociological Review 32:5, 649-661.

Sirniö O, Kauppinen TM, Martikainen P (2016) Income trajectories after graduation: an in-tergenerational approach. Advances in Life Course Research 30 (December), 72-83.

Sirniö O, Martikainen P, Kauppinen TM (2016) Entering the highest and the lowest incomes: Intergenerational determinants and early-adulthood transitions. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 44, 1-150.

Kauppinen TM, Vilkama K (2016) Entry to Homeownership among Immigrants: A Decomposition of Factors Contributing to the Gap with Native-born Residents. Housing Studies 31:4, 463-488.

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