University Researcher in Core Research Area Consumers as Co-Producers

University of Helsinki Faculty of Social Sciences


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The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for a position of

University Researcher in Core Research Area Consumers as Co-Producers

for a permanent position starting from August 1st 2021 to contribute to the nationwide responsibility of the Centre for Consumer Society Research (CCSR).

The CCSR bears the nationwide responsibility for 1) conducting multidisciplinary research on significant phenomena in consumer society and on their effects on the lives of consumers, 2) participating in the offering of university education in the field and 3) participating in development projects, which enhance the societal impacts of the research field.

The appointee is recruited to strengthen the fulfilment of the nationwide responsibility of the centre. Research at the CCSR focuses on the development of the consumer society from the perspectives of societal structures and consumers. The research is problem-oriented, multi-disciplinary and future-oriented. The centre makes critical use of qualitative and quantitative methods and engages in the participatory development of innovations by means of research. It also studies the impact of economic phenomena and politics on consumers and the consumer society. We contribute to political debates on the future of Finnish consumer society. Please see further information on


An appointee:
• must hold a doctoral degree in a relevant field of social science, the ability to obtain financing and to conduct independent scientific research in a highly multidisciplinary environment and possess the teaching skills required for the position. Good working skills in either of the two official languages in Finland (Finnish and Swedish) are required to achieve well the expectations on the appointee concerning the nationwide responsibility of the centre.
• will have substantial research experience as demonstrated by high-quality publications in the core research area and research funding; a strong theoretical and methodological background and performance of empirical research on co-production in consumer society, and concrete ideas about how the candidate’s work will contribute to research in the field.


An appointee is expected to contribute 2-5 months of annual work time to joint projects at the Centre, develop her/his own and our common research agenda, and contribute to collective academic tasks such as teaching, seminars and joint academic papers. The appointee is expected to develop and maintain long-term research activities in the field and obtain research funding for it. To fulfill the research requirements of the position, the applicant chosen is awaited to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki, and actively participate in the research and teaching activities of the Centre. The Faculty of Social Sciences provides assistance in relocation


In accordance with the nationwide responsibility of the CCSR the university researcher is selected on the basis of empirical research skills and theoretical understanding of various aspects of co-producing in the context of consumption. The term co-producing refers to various processes that reject the old notion of the passive consumer. It is increasingly assumed that consumers have an active role in constructing the meanings, distributing and selling of products, generating media content and sharing experiences and recommendations. Co-producing takes place also in terms of unintended consequences and non-compensated work, e.g. self-service, peer support, home and voluntary work.

Co-producers are essential part of sharing economy as well of data and platform economy. There are many other terms, such as co-creation, collaborative innovations and co-design that refer to consumers’ active role. In ‘value co-creation’ and ‘customer empowerment’ debates the term co-producing is seen as a positive factor of production. Critical perspectives, in turn, emphasize the role of ‘working consumer’: consumers not being paid for their know-how, enthusiasm and social cooperation. By means of immaterial labor consumers add cultural and affective elements to market offerings. The applicant is asked to demonstrate his / her previous research on at least two of the following empirical topics: 1) co-production/co-creation of consumer experiences, services, and innovations, 2) data economy; including the ways consumers act as ‘factors of production’ by sharing, searching and navigating, 3) decentralized production of goods and necessities, e.g. energy, food and transport, 4) consumers’ role in non-monetary work and in the creation of alternative economic models such as ‘commoning’.


We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits. The monthly gross salary range will be approx. € 3875 – 4500 depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development. Further information at The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.


Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP HR portal. The deadline for applications is 11 April, 2021.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents as a single pdf file:
1) A curriculum vitae
2) Interpretation of previous research based on given criteria and a selection of five key publications to be considered during the review
3) A research plan on how to contribute to the fulfilment of the nationwide responsibility of the Centre on core area consumers as co-producers.

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Further information about the positions may be obtained from Director Päivi Timonen,

Due date

11.04.2021 23:59 EEST


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