‘Epistemic projects’ as a sociological theory

Principal Investigator: Prof. Matilda Hellman (Uppsala University, Department of Sociology)

Collaborators: Josefin Westermarck (Ph.D. candidate, University of Helsinki), Petteri Koivula (Ph.D. candidate, University of Helsinki), Michael Egerer (Researcher, University of Helsinki), and other researchers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Toronto, Canada) and the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology (Bremen, Germany).

Funding: Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation (2020-2024), ERA-NET NEURON (No. 01GP1823, 2019-2022), Academy of Finland (2019-2022).

Period: 2019 - ongoing

Description: The project develops the theory of epistemic projects and includes several sub-studies, including the contribution of brain research to understanding different types of dependencies (substances, gambling, etc.). During the period 2023-2025, it focuses on how agency and marginalized groups are epistemically shaped in policies concerning alcohol and drugs. The researchers in the study are also contributing to an anthology on the medicalization of addiction and substance abuse, edited by Australian researchers. In 2022 a book was published in Palgrave STS-sociology series (Hellman & colleagues 2022)

Last modified: 2023-12-15