I work as a senior research fellow in the INVEST flagship, Unit of Sociology. I am also Adjunct Professor in Economic Sociology, and in charge of the project ”The social mechanisms behind the economic consequences of physical appearance, SOMA”, which is funded by the Academy of Finland. Between 2016 and 2018 I was PI of the Finland as an appearance society -project (funded by the Emil Aaltonen foundation) at the Unit of Economic Sociology.
I work as a senior researcher in SOMA, and am working on my doctoral research at the Unit of Economic Sociology. The topic of my dissertation is gendered physical appearance -related inequalities in Finnish working life. Beyond topics related to physical appearance, gender and inequality, my research interests revolve around consumption and social media. I employ both qualitative and quantitative methods in my research.
Anna Grahn, doctoral researcher
I am a doctoral student in Economic Sociology at the University of Turku. I research appearance-based exercise and its normative regulation in Finland. The purpose of my research is, on the one hand, to describe the norms of appearance-based exercise in Finland and, on the other hand, to describe appearance-based exercise as a side effect of the affluent society. In addition, my research interests include survey methodology, issues related to sports sociology and consumer sociology, and, more generally, quantitative research methods. Previously, I worked as a project researcher and worked on reference budgets with the rest of the research group.
I am a Doctor of Social Science and hold the title of docent in Economic Sociology. Currently, I work as a Senior Researcher in the INVEST Flagship at the University of Turku. My specialization lies in research on digital participation and interaction, social networks and relationships, and survey methodology. In my previous research, I have studied various topics such as the social impacts of Covid-19, the use and effects of social media, and experiences and norms related to physical appearance. In this project, I contribute to the planning and implementation of data collection and quantitative analyses.