Jukka Törrönen

Jukka Törrönen


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Works at Department of Public Health Sciences
Telephone 08-16 14 69
Visiting address Sveavägen 160, Sveaplan
Room 335
Postal address Institutionen för folkhälsovetenskap 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am a sociologist. For me, substance use habits, practices and policies have provided a platform to study broader social processes such as continuities and changes in governmental programs, sociocultural norms and gender issues. In my research the purpose has been to produce knowledge how substance use is related to everyday life situations and intoxication, healthy or unhealthy subjectivities and safe or harmful practices, as well as how policies of substance use embody legitimate, problematic or unequal actions. As empirical data, I have used public health documents, parliament sessions, media texts, scientific writings, individual interviews, focus group discussions, survey data, advertisements, online forums, diaries and autobiographies.

In 2000 I finished a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Helsinki. In my dissertation I investigated the changing relationships between the citizen and the state by analysing politicians’, journalists’, trade union activists’ and business people’s  views on alcohol problems and alcohol policy from Finland and Estonia. Later I continued substance use research by heading research projects that dealt with disorderly public drinking and control policies, young adults' drinking cultures in night-time economy, changes in the cultural position of drinking in Finland and Sweden among four generations, the gendered dynamics of drinking situations in the last 40 years and women’s substance use and health.

Today I am directing two projects funded by FORTE: 1) “Drinking, gender differences and social change. The gendered dynamics of Swedish drinking situations from a comparative perspective” and 2) “Why are young people drinking less than earlier?”. The first mentioned project covers a time-period from the 1960s to the 2000s and combines quantitative and qualitative approaches to study the drinking situations from different angles. The study examines what kinds of gendered differences and similarities there are in the main drinking situations in Sweden, traces how these differences and similarities have developed and specifies the characteristics of Swedish drinking situations in comparison to Finnish and Italian drinking situations.

The other ongoing project focuses on to analyse the declining trends of young people’s alcohol consumption by using both quantitative and qualitative data sets, as well as by doing comparisons between Sweden and Australia. The study approaches the downturn in youth drinking by analysing six possible explanations for it: 1) Changes in parenting style; 2) changes in gender identities; 3) Increased use of social media; 4) Polarization of drinking habits; 5) A health and fitness trend; 6) The switch to wine. The study takes a task to clarify in what way and in what kinds of contexts these explanations may hold or don’t hold true, and how they alone or together may explain declining alcohol consumption of young people.

I am also a project member of the programme “Responding to and reducing gambling problems” funded by FORTE and run by Jenny Cisneros Örnberg.

After finishing my doctorate studies I worked as a contract researcher for the Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies until I received a chair as professor in Stockholm University at SoRAD where I started in September 2006. Since then I have been happy to work in Stockholm University.  

Research interests

Alcohol and drug research, gendered substance use, young people’s drinking cultures, addiction, gambling, public health, theoretical sociology, qualitative methods, visual analysis, comparative research.


Last updated: June 19, 2018

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