Kela Lectures

The Eighth Kela lecture

September 27, 2018 at 15.00, Kela Main Office Building, Nordenskiöldinkatu 12, Helsinki

Universal Credit – the UK’s new working-age benefit

Is Universal Credit working in the UK? This lecture by Professor Jane Millar tells the story so far.

Commentary remarks by Senior Researcher Signe Jauhiainen and Director of Change Management Tomi Ståhl from Kela – The Social Insurance Institution of Finland.


The Seventh Kela Lecture

25 October, 2017 at 16.30, Kela Main Office Building, Helsinki (Nordenskiöldinkatu 12)

Heat, greed and human need: defining necessities for sustainable and equitable wellbeing

Professor Ian Gough, Visiting Professor at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at London School of Economics and Professor Emeritus at the University of Bath

Opening remarks by Elli Aaltonen, Director General of Kela
Cracking the nut of sustainable wellbeing - Introduction by Tuula Helne, Kela research
Lecture by Ian Gough
General discussion

The Sixth Kela Lecture

6 June 2014 at 12.00, Kela Main Office Building, Helsinki (Nordenskiöldinkatu 12)

Asymmetries in the opportunity structure: why does enhanced mobility occur at the bottom?

Professor Gøsta Esping-Andersen, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.

Commentary remarks were made by senior researcher Ulla Hämäläinen from the Kela Research Department.

The lecture is available on YouTube (Kela Lecture: Gøsta Esping-Andersen).

The Fifth Kela Lecture

13 September 2012 at 14.00, Kela main office building (Nordenskiöldinkatu 12, Helsinki)

Welfare state in decline - Reforms for a more democratic and sustainable economy.

In his lecture the internationally renowned political economist Robin Hahnel looked at the birth and decline of welfare states. He introduced both short and longer term reforms for structures maintaining well-being, with his focal idea being the pursuit of a community more supportive of democratic ideals and ecological sustainability.

Commentary remarks were made by Jan Otto Andersson.

The Fourth Kela Lecture

2 March 2010 starting at 13.00, Kela main office building (Nordenskiöldinkatu 12, Helsinki)

Work After Globalization. Building Occupational Citizenship.

Professor Guy Standing from the University of Bath gave the fourth Kela Lecture.

Commentary remarks were made by research coordinator Merja Kauhanen from The Labour Institute for Economic Research.

The Third Kela Lecture

13 March 2008

'Work is good for you': Lone mothers, children, work and well-being.

Professor Jane Millar, Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy, University of Bath

Commentary remarks were made by researcher Mia Hakovirta from the University of Turku. Head of Kela's Research Department Olli Kangas acted as chairman.

The Second Kela Lecture

25 November 2005


Professor Paul Bernard

The lecture dealt with the connections between notions of social development, lifecourse and welfare regimes. The connections were illustrated with relevant empirical material, and the policy implications are explored.

Dr. Paul Bernard is a professor of sociology in the University of Montreal whose research interests centre on lifecourse issues, welfare regimes and the connections between social policy and health. His latest publications include Social Mobility, the Lifecourse Approach and Welfare Pillars, and Pillars and Regimes: The Evolution of Welfare States as seen through the Luxembourg Income Study data.

Commentary remarks by Professor Markus Jäntti, Åbo Akademi and Turku Center for Welfare Research

The First Kela Lecture

5 November 2004

The Future of Social Protection in a Unifying Europe

Professor Anthony B. Atkinson

The First Kela Lecture was delivered in November 2004. It was later published in Social Security and Health Research: Working Papers series: