Sirpa Wrede


Description of research and teaching

Research fields:

  • Globalisation and  work and occupations, inequalities in working life
  • Welfare state and diversity
  • Theories on professionalism and citizenship
  • Sociology of health and health care
  • Comparative social  research and qualitative comparative methods

Ongoing research projects:

  • Glocal Care Work and Negotiations on Occupational Subjectivities: The Rise of New Ethnic Hierarchies

Completed research projects:

Most important professional appointments:

  • 1/1/1995-31/12/1998 Researcher in the doctoral program Population, Health and Living Conditions administered by University of Helsinki placed at Dept of Sociology, Åbo Akademi University.
  • 1/1/1995-31/12/2001 and 1/8/2002-31/7/2003 Co-investigator, Dept of Sociology, Åbo Akademi University (Academy of Finland project Service Professions in Transition.)
  • 1/1/2002 – 31/7/2002 Senior Lecturer (substitute) tf överassistent, Åbo Akademi University.
  • 1/8/2003-31/7/2008 Academy Research Fellow, Academy of Finland.
  • 1/8/2008 – 31/12/2008 Senior Researcher, Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki.


Education information

Doctor of Social Sciences, sociology, Åbo Akademi University, 2001

Highlighted publications

  1. Maternity care as a global health policy issue

    Benoit, C., Eugene, D., Murray, S. F., Sandall, J., van Teijlingen, E. & Wrede, S. Mar 2015 The Palgrave International Handbook of Health Care Policy and Governance. Kuhlmann, E., Blank, R. H., Bourgeault, I. L. & Wendt, C. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 85-100

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

  2. Street-Level Engagements: Migrated Families Encountering the Local Welfare State

    Nordberg, C. (ed.) & Wrede, S. (ed.) 2015 Berlin: de Gruyter. 52 p. (Nordic Journal of Migration Research; vol. 5, no. 2)

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewAnthology

  3. Professions and the Migration of Expert Labour: Towards an Intersectional Analysis of Transnational Mobility Patterns and Integration Pathways of Health Professionals.

    Bourgeault, I. L., Wrede, S. H., Benoit, C. & Neiterman, E. 23 Jun 2016 The Routledge Companion to the Professions and Professionalism. Dent, M., Bourgeault, I. L., Denis, J-L. & Kuhlmann, E. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 295-312 18 p. (Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting)

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

  4. Professions

    Wrede, S. 2012 Encyclopedia of Global Studies. Anheier, H. & Juergensmeyer, M. (eds.). Thousands Oaks, California: Sage

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

  5. Nursing: Globalization of a female-gendered profession

    Wrede, S. 2010 Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Healthcare. Kuhlmann, E. & Annandale, E. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 437-453 17 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

  6. How country matters: studying health policy in a comparative perspective

    Wrede, S. 2010 The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Health Research. Bourgeault, I., Dingwall, R. & de Vries, R. (eds.). London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi and Singapore: Sage, p. 88-105 18 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

  7. Unpacking gendered professional power in the welfare state

    Wrede, S. 2008 In : Equal Opportunities International. 27, 1, p. 19-33 15 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  8. Decentred comparative research: context sensitive analysis of maternal health care

    Wrede, S., Benoit, C., Bourgeault, I. L., van Teijlingen, E. R., Sandall, J. & de Vries, R. G. 2006 In : Social Science & Medicine. 63, 11, p. 2986-2997 12 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  9. Understanding professional projects in welfare service work: revival of old professionalism?

    Henriksson, L., Wrede, S. & Burau, V. 2006 In : Gender, Work and Organization. 14, 2, p. 174-192 19 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

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Highlighted activities

  1. Nordic Sociological Association (External organisation)

    Wrede, S. (Chair)
    9 Aug 201413 Aug 2016

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

  2. 28th Nordic Sociological Association Conference

    Wrede, S. (Chair of organizing committee)
    8 Aug 201413 Aug 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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