Matilda Hellman, DSocSci, is a sociologist whose work concerns understandings and articulations of addiction, lifestyles, health and social marginalization. Her research has focused especially on how governance practice and institutions embed and produce views on questions such as drug use, alcohol policy, gambling, brain-based addiction and how it effects individuals, groups and societies. A central conceptual framework is the welfare state in its many shapes and models.
Hellman is a research director at the University of Helsinki Center for Research on Addiction, Control and Governance (CEACG). She is also the editor-in-chief for Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (NAD). She is the vice president for the International Society for Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE).
Hellman has held the lead in various international research projects since 2005, the latest of which is an ongoing ERA-NET consortium study (A-BRAIN) regarding brain based addiction’s implications for policy and governance. She served as a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Tampere, 2015 -2017. She is the member of editorial boards of Addiction Research & Theory and Research in Gender Studies.
In 2018-2019 she works at the Harvard Center for Population and Developments Studies, where she is writing about how addiction policies produce and uphold certain views on agency.
For more on Matilda’s work, please, visit the TUHAT data base.
Media visibility: In June 2017 a study on the Nordic welfare state ethos i Finnish governmantal platforms since the 1950s was the most shared and reported news story from the university. In December 2017 Hellman was interviewed by the BBC World Service regarding Finland’s new Alcohol Act.