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Laura Kestilä


Chief Researcher


Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Finland


PhD in Sociology, Adj. Prof. (Demography)

Research Interests

Health and welfare Inequalities, living conditions, social epidemiology, social sustainability, life-course research


My background is in sociology, demography and social epidemiology. During my career of over 20 years in the research field my research interests have covered inequalities in health and wellbeing, life-course research, social sustainability and most recently, also the social effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Currently I lead a research unit of almost 30 researchers, focusing on themes of social, ecological and economic sustainability.

Countries of collaboration

Sweden, Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland

Academic webpage/website

Laura Kestilä at THL

Social networks 

Research Gate