Rolle Alho


Description of research and teaching

I am an Academy of Finland postdoctoral fellow at the University of Helsinki. Upon international competition I was granted in 2017 a three-year grant (245.632 euro) from the Academy of Finland for my research project: Whose Interests? A comparative study on trade unions responses to migration and migrants in Finland, Ireland, and Portugal.

My research interests lie at the cross-roads of migration, ethnic relations, and the labour markets. Currently I am responsible for teaching two master level courses at the University of Helsinki that I have set up personally: Politics of Immigration and Sociology of Work. I have also conducted research and lectured on e.g., the following topics: temporary migration, transnationalism, migration and social security, multiculturalism, globalisation, and international student mobility. I hold a PhD in Social Policy from the University of Turku, and a MSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics.

I have worked as a researcher at three Finnish Universities and as a visiting researcher at the University of Lisbon, University College Dublin, Wissenscaftzentrum Berlin (Research Unit Migration, Integration, Transnationalization)
and at the University of Leeds (the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change CERIC), and the Family Federation, Finland.

I have consulted, co-operated with numerous Finnish and international organisations such as the Finnish Red Cross, International Organisation for Migration IOM, Eurofound, The European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) on questions related to my research topics. I have been interviewed on my research numerous times for Finnish media, including the evening news of the three main TV-channels, the largest Finnish newspapers, and radio.

I have succesfully worked as main MSc/BSc thesis supervisor in Sociology and Social policy. I am open for national and international research co-operation (including funding applications) and suggestions of supervising duties at BSc/MSc/PhD levels. Please feel free to contact me (


Latest publications

  1. Maahanmuuttajat palkkakuoppaan kotoutumaan?

    Alho, R. J. & Varjonen, S. A., 16 Nov 2018, In :

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

  2. E-pub ahead of print

    Estonian Migrants' Aspiration for Social Citizenship in Finland: Embracing the Finnish Welfare State and Distancing from the 'Non-deserving'

    Alho, R. J. & Sippola, M., 18 Aug 2018, In : Journal of international migration and integration. 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Obituary of Dr Annika Forsander in The Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration's (ETMU) Blog

    Alho, R. J. & Martikainen, T. A. K., 8 May 2018, In : Etmu-blog. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

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Latest activities

  1. PhD thesis supervisor of Yuan Yi.

    Rolle Alho (Supervisor)

    Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

  2. Whose Interests? A Comparative Study on Trade Unions Responses in Finland, Ireland and Portugal

    Rolle Alho (Speaker)
    3 Dec 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Universidade de Lisboa

    Rolle Alho (Visiting researcher)
    17 Sep 201812 Dec 2018

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

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Latest projects

  1. TEMS: The Effects of Marketization on Societies: the case of Europe

    Alho, R. & Greer, I.


    Project: Research project_Research

  2. A research project on highly educated migrant's job searching strategies

    Alho, R., Nylund, M., Turunen-Zwinger, S. & Pertti, K.


    Project: Research project_Research

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