Seminars

Upcoming events

13.3.2019 Sustainable Welfare beyond Growth
A deprioritization of economic growth in policy making in developed nations will need to be part of a global effort to tackle climate change and reembed economy and society into planetary boundaries. The presentation introduces the concept of 'sustainable welfare', which integrates environmental sustainability and social welfare research. Central to this concept is the notion of human needs and how these could be satisfied for everyone, now and in future, within planetary limits and beyond growth.

Past events

11 December 2018 Regions and health-based benefits – A look at regional variations in 2010s Finland
There are clear and often persistent regional differences in the health and work capacity of the Finnish population. In the run-up to the health and social services reform, it is important to look at the capacity of different regions to provide residents with access to social and health services. The seminar presents research findings on regional differences in the use of health-based social security benefits.

28 November 2018 Changes to vocational rehabilitation provided by Kela.  Using research and development to acquire knowledge and experiences of changes
Vocational rehabilitation provided by Kela is discussed in light of recent research findings and the latest experiences from the development side.

27.9.2018 The Eighth Kela lecture: 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. Universal Credit is a major change to the UK social security system for working-age people. Announced in 2010, implementation started in 2013, and about one million households are so far in the system. By 2023 it is estimated that there will be seven million households in receipt, 40 per cent of the working-age population.

6 June 2018 Social assistance is used also for sickness-related expenses
Low income is associated with a higher incidence of illness. Large health-related expenses can cause a need for social assistance. The seminar looks from various perspectives at health-related expenses covered out of social assistance and presents recent research findings based on register data.

8 May 2018 The new social assistance system is not yet finished – Research in support of development II
We have had nearly one and a half years in which to gather experiences of the social assistance reform. Based on various types of research data, we can already now comment on its impact on clients, costs and the cooperation between Kela and the municipalities in providing services. The research seminar is organised by Kela, the SOSTE Federation for Social Affairs and Health, the National Institute for Health and Welfare and researchers from the University of Helsinki.

16 March 2018 Are housing benefits working?
Housing benefits have sparked a lot of debate, and there have been calls to reform the various ways in which housing costs are subsidised. Housing benefits are intended to be a cost-effective way to secure housing especially for low-income individuals. The seminar presents research on the topic and asks whether the housing benefits are working.

8 March 2018 Developments in family care
Improving the home care of the elderly and strengthening family care provision are one of top policy priorities of the Sipilä Government. What are the latest developments? Do family care providers now receive social assistance payments? What about intoxicant use in the informal family care setting? What is the status of family care providers with regard to the health and social services reform? 

5 December 2017 Trends in sickness absence and disability pathways
There has been a decline recently in long sickness absences compensated out of the sickness allowance scheme. However, the overall trend obscures large differences between sociodemographic groups. Trends in sickness absence and disability pathways must be subjected to a population group specific analysis in order to discover what additional measures are needed to prevent permanent disability. At this seminar, we present research findings from projects looking at trends in sickness absence and disability pathways in the light of register data.

23 November 2017 Cooperation between Kela and municipalities in implementing the social assistance scheme
Formerly provided by municipalities, basic social assistance has been paid by Kela since the beginning of 2017. The transition requires closer cooperation between Kela and the municipalities. At the seminar, we consider the legal framework for the cooperation, look at the challenges that have come up and explore possible needs for change.

21 November 2017 A more equal start to life – The Finnish maternity package
Finnish social security is best known internationally for the unique maternity package that was introduced 80 years ago. In the seminar we discuss the role of the maternity package in the promotion of public health and well-being of families.

15 November 2017 How to carry out research on rehabilitation – Can the evidence pyramid be made more inclusive?
Rehabilitation should be based on research and evidence. How can we carry out convincing research on rehabilitation? How can we acquire compelling evidence of rehabilitation?  Is the evidence pyramid suitable as a framework for rehabilitation research?  The seminar looks at questions related to acquiring research-based evidence on rehabilitation.

25.10.2017 The Seventh Kela lecture: Heat, greed and human need: defining necessities for sustainable and equitable wellbeing
In his Kela lecture, professor Ian Gough introduces the main ideas in his forthcoming book: that universal human needs provide the only conceptual bridge to weigh up climate sustainability and equity, both in the here and now and between present and future generations.

13 October 2017 How to reduce the number of NEET youth
The number of young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) has increased in Finland. There is a need for reformulating the services and benefits offered, starting from the young people’s own needs and challenges. At the seminar we consider the potential of a participatory income as a means to reducing the number of NEET youth. We discuss what services associated with the participatory income would encourage young people to study or to seek employment or training.

 16 June 2017 Is a basic income feasible? An OECD perspective
Is a basic income feasible? An OECD perspective
OECD has studied the feasibility of a basic income in certain OECD countries, including Finland. Herwig Immervoll, a senior economist at the OECD, discusses the study and its findings. 

6 June 2017 New pharmaceutical treatments – Can we afford them?
New pharmaceutical treatments offer new opportunities to treat illnesses, but also increase drug expenditures. With drug expenditures increasing, it is necessary to pay attention also to prescribing practices and the necessity and cost effectiveness of drug treatments.

24 May 2017 Security in all stages of life – A special seminar to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding the Social Insurance Institution
Humans encounter different kinds of risks in the course of their lives. Illness, disability and loss of capacity for work, in particular, pose significant risks to wellbeing and economic security. At this special seminar, we describe the role that the national pension has played in society and in people’s lives from the 1930s to the present.

12 May 2017 EU and unemployment benefits: old challenges, new proposals
The seminar is organised in cooperation between Kela Research, Assistant Professor Laura Kalliomaa-Puha of the University of Tampere and the FreSsco network of experts financed by the European Commission.

26 April 2017 The new social assistance system is still a work in progress – Research in support of development
This research seminar focusing on the social assistance scheme and its development is organised by Kela, the SOSTE Federation for Social Affairs and Health, the National Institute for Welfare and Health and researchers from the Tackling Inequalities in Times of Austerity (TITA) project.

9 March 2017 Ethical issues in family care from the perspectives of the carer and the care recipient
Improving the home care of the elderly and strengthening family care provision are one of top policy priorities of the Sipilä Government. Family care is also associated with a number of ethical issues. The seminar is organised by Kela Research and the family care association for the Greater Helsinki Region.

2 March 2017 Reasons behind price differences among private physician services
A topical seminar on the availability and pricing of private physician services.

How to provide mental health support for young people and offer them a path to the working world?
Putting the statistics on social assistance to more effective use 
Socially Innovative Finland - Spotlight on the basic income experiment and the Finnish maternity package
How to shorten sickness absences
Experimenting with Basic Income: Finland and Netherlands
A survey of Kela’s efforts for mental health research and support
Freedom of choice in healthcare – Whither the Finnish model?
Distance rehabilitation – new opportunities for rehabilitation
Basic income in a global world
Family care today and tomorrow
The status of Kela’s benefit schemes following the health and social services reform – Will multichannel financing soon be history?
Social rights and budget cuts
Sustainable development – Could not care less?
Pharmaceutical expenses and financial constraints
Social insurance and the role of the appeals process
Living with narcolepsy
The right to social and health services III - Legal remedies in social services and healthcare
Symposium on basic income and basic rights
It’s hard work but I love it – Research on family care providers
Children’s health services in the public and private sectors – How are dual-channel services used and why?
50 years of research at Kela
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Kela’s research department, special seminars focusing on Sustainable well-being and featuring a Kela Lecture  were organised