Prof. Kathrin Komp-Leukkunen

  • Discipline:

    Sociology, Social Policy

  • University:

    University of Helsinki

  • Country:


Associate professor at the University of Helsinki. Specialized in research on population ageing, life- courses, work and retirement, comparative welfare research, and research methods. Recent publications include the articles “Breadwinner models revisited: How a couple’s combined work histories influence the retirement transition” (Social Politics) and “What life-course research can contribute to futures studies” (Futures). Komp-Leukkunen formerly was a Marie Sklodowska Curie scholar, on the executive committee of the European Sociological Association, and chair of the Research Network on Ageing in Europe. She currently is head of the research group on population ageing, University of Helsinki, and vice-chair of the Research Network on Quantitative Methods. She currently studies self-employment in old age and how older individuals fare in digitalizing workplaces.

Selected Publications:

    • Komp-Leukkunen, K. (2020). What life-course research can contribute to futures studies. Futures, 124, 102651.
    • Komp-Leukkunen, K. (forthcoming). Breadwinner models revisited: How a couple’s combined work histories influence the retirement transition. Social Politics.
    • Komp-Leukkunen, K., & Rantanen, V. (forthcoming). A case of intergenerational conflict: The 2015 Finnish citizens’ initiative on pension indexation. Journal of Aging & Social Policy.
    • Zhen, J., & Komp-Leukkunen, K. (forthcoming). Automation and workfare – determinants of pub-lic support for workfare. Journal of European Social Policy.
    • Komp-Leukkunen, K. (2019). Capturing the diversity of working age life-courses: A European perspective on cohorts born before 1945. Plos ONE, 14(2), e0212400.
    • Komp-Leukkunen, K. (2018). Working-age life-courses in Finland: A comparison of the cohorts born 1945-51 and 1961-67. Research on Finnish Society, 11, 8-23.
    • Niemi, T., & Komp, K. (2018). Retirement timing in a future welfare state: a Finnish Delphi study. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 38(11/12), 1071-1085.
    • Komp, K. (2018). The commercialization of sociological research: On the how and why (not). Eu-ropean Societies, 20(4), 644-664.
    • Komp, K. (2018). Shifts in the realized retirement age: Europe in times of pension reform and economic crisis. Journal of European Social Policy, 28(2), 130-142.
    • Komp, K., & Johansson, S. (2016). Population ageing in a lifecourse perspective: Developing a conceptual framework. Ageing & Society, 36(9), 1937-1960.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Population Ageing
  • Life-courses
  • Research Methods
  • Work and Retirement
  • Welfare Policies

Current Position(s):

Associate Professor, University of Helsinki

Prizes & Awards:

Marie Curie Grant