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Social inclusion and active citizenship research group

The inclusion in the society means everyone's equal right to the services and opportunity to health, education, work, livelihood, housing and social relations. It means also acting in cultural variety in the communities and getting a share from the welfare (services) that has been built together.

The research group is focusing to the promotion the active citizenship by improving the availability and relevance of welfare services, option for education and employability. On the other hand the approaches and working practices are developed so that welfare acts make the social inclusion and sense of community possible. In the research group we promote social inclusion and engagement, in other words, we tackle the social problems of the exclusion, poverty, short-sightedness, loneliness and insecurity.

Objectives and key strategic points:

  • to strengthen the inclusion of the people, children and young people and families in their everyday life living context
  • to innovate integrative interprofessional health care and social services to strengthen inclusion 
  • to support everyone’s social inclusion and employment by building new kinds of informal, self-motivate (omaehtoinen) environments for act and learn
  • to facilitate for the most vulnerable people with special needs  the experience of having influence and meaning

The co-creation and co-working with working life partners is our leading approach. This innopedagogy and  ‘service learning’ approach link the students’  learning process and teacher experts’ knowhow and in its best integrates and benefits all parties expertise in meeting the needs of developing modern welfare services and well-being in modern society.  The research group has strong partnerships, with the cities and municipalities, public and private companies, with the NGOs and other associations empowering the civic activity and engagement. 

There is more detailed information available about each local, national and international partnerships and results in  ‘project descriptions’.


  • University of Oviedo
  • University of applied Sciences Hamburg
  • Mykolas Romeris University
  • VIA University College
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Kibble Education and Care Centre
  • University of Botswana,University of Swaziland
  • University of Zambia
  • Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (DIAK)
  • Satakunta University of Applied Sciences
  • Humak University of Applied Sciencies
  • Hospital District of Southwest Finland, Psychiatry
  • Sospro
  • Migration Institute of Finland
  • EHJÄ Ry – The Federation of Special Welfare Organisations
  • The City of Turku 
  • SOS Children's Villages Finland
  • PW Partners AS
  • Turun kaupungin nuorisoasiainkeskus
  • University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Akademy
  • Von Krahl Teater
  • Sosiaalialan ammattikorkeakouluverkoston lastensuojelun ja varhaiskasvatuksen työryhmät,