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Juho Härkönen

Full-time Professor

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Dean of Postdoctoral Studies

Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies

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[email protected]

[+39] 055 4685 426


Badia Fiesolana, BF049

Office hours

Tuesday, 14:00-17:00

Administrative contact

Monika Rzemieniecka

Working languages

Finnish, English

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Juho Härkönen

Full-time Professor

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Dean of Postdoctoral Studies

Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies


Juho Härkönen is Professor of Sociology, Dean of Postdoctoral Studies and Director of the Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies at the European University Institute. He joined the EUI in February 2018, while on leave from Stockholm University. He took his PhD from the EUI in 2007, and was a postdoc at Yale before moving to Stockholm in 2009. He was visiting professor at the University of Turku (2010-18).

His research interests cover life course research, the causes and consequences of family dynamics and structure, social stratification, and health. His recent publications have covered antecedent and outcomes of divorce, social stratification in health, and educational inequality.

Juho Härkönen supervises dissertations on the above topics, but is also open to advising doctoral work more broadly on topics in sociology. Although he uses quantitative methods in his own work, he open to projects using qualitative methods as well.

As Director of the Max Weber Programme and Dean of Postdoctoral Studies, he is responsible for the overall management of the Programme.

Juho Härkönen is also co-director of the Comparative Life Course and Inequality Research Centre, and of Florence Population Studies, and editor-in-chief of Advances in Life Course Research.

Recent research output

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Additional information

Seminar: Life course research: change and inequality over human lives (Winter 2023)

Workshop: Panel Data (Spring 2022)

Seminar: Social Demography (Spring 2022)

Seminar: Intermediate Quantitative Methods (Winter 2021)

Workshop: Measurement in the social sciences, organised with L. Littvay, CEU (Spring 2021)

Seminar: Advanced topics in life course research, together with Fabrizio Bernardi (Winter 2020)

Seminar: Introduction to Quantitative Methods, together with Arnout van de Rijt (Autumn 2020)

Workshop: Sequence Analysis in the Social Demography (Spring 2020), organised with Anette Fasang (Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences)

Workshop: Multilevel modelling (Spring 2020), organised with L. Littvay (Max Weber Fellow)

Workshop: Panel Data Analysis (Spring 2020), organised with R. Grotti (Research Fellow)

Seminar: Social Demography (Winter 2020)

Seminar: Introduction to Quantitatve Methods, together with Arnout van de Rijt (Autumn 2019)

Workshop: Panel Data Analysis (Spring 2019), organised with R. Grotti (Research Fellow)

Workshop: Event History Analysis (Spring 2019)

Seminar: Life Course Research (Winter 2019)

Seminar: Introduction to Quantitative Methods (together with Elias Dinas) (Autumn 2018)

Seminar: Multilevel modelling (Winter 2018)

For prospective students

I welcome PhD proposals dealing broadly with life course research, family demography, social stratification, and health. Methodologically, I am best prepared to supervise studies using quantitative data and methods (such as event history and other demographic methods, multilevel models, growth curves, panel data, and causal designs), but I also welcome proposals for qualitative studies.

Examples of my current interests include:

  • The growing stratification on family forms and behaviours (e.g., divorce, family formation, single parenthood). For representative works, see my paper with Jaap Dronkers, and some more recent and ongoing work.
  • The effects of family dynamics (divorce and separation, childbearing, etc.) on adults and their children. See our recent review paper.
  • Social disparities in health and its consequences. I have studied the effects of prenatal health, gender health gaps, and social disparities in smoking in pregnancy.
  • The formation of inequalities in employment, occupational attainment, and income over the life course.
  • Social mobility and intergenerational transmission processes.

These are merely examples, and I look forward to reading PhD proposals on a wider range of questions related to the above mentioned (and other) general themes.


Doctoral students at the EUI:

Ariane Aumaitre (co-supervised with Anton Hemerijck) ("Revisiting the Welfare State: The Micro Foundations of the Post-industrial Social Contract")

Claudia Brunori ("Immigrants and the labour market: selectivity, trajectories and the role of policies")

Giuseppe Ciccolini ("Varieties of citizenship: youth unemployment, welfare and political participation")

Julie Fournier ("The impact of migration legal categories on the economic assimilation of immigrants in France, Germany and Spain")

Inés Gil Torras ("Historical family systems legacy on interpersonal violence")

Gaia Ghirardi (co-supervised with Fabrizio Bernardi) ("Unpacking the environment: how gene-environment interplay in shaping early social inequalities")

Ezgi Guler ("Juggling between Income and Safety. Coping Strategies of Sex Worker Trans Women against Everyday Threats")

Marcus Hagley ("Effect of sibling's death on economic and demographical outcomes")

Juho Hänninen ("The Grown-ups Are Alright? Youth Culture Participation and the Life Course in Finland, Sweden and Great Britain")

Marion Kogler ("Educational inequalities in health over the life course: What is the role of education systems?")

Lotta Lintunen ("Academic ability and peer networks as protective factors in tackling the intergenerational inequality")

Hilde Orderund ("Health Inequality in Countries Affected by Earthquakes or Storms: A cross-national study")

Chiara Puglisi ("Assessing the impact of female empowerment in the fight against child mortality: comparative analysis in a global setting")

Diana Rafailova ("The Impact of Political Regimes on Student Achievement: A Cross-National Comparison of PISA Scores from 2000-2015")

Jannick Track ("How Societal Contexts Shape the Effect of Parental Separation on Children's Educational Attainment: The Moderating Role of Family Norms and Educational Institutions in Europe”)

Marco Santacroce ("Birth Order, Gender, and Ethnicity: Examining Educational Inequalities Between Siblings")

Jos Van Leeuwen ("Mental Health in Modern European Society: Age, Period, and Cohort Trends in Mental Health in Various European Countries")

Linda Vecgaile ("It is she who will foster the economic growth: impact of female labour participation and birth postponement on total labour productivity")


Doctoral students elsewhere:

Completed: Johan Dahlberg (Stockholm), Margarita Chudnovskaya (Stockholm), Kathrin Morosow (Stockholm), Martin Kolk (Stockholm, co-supervisor), Olof Östergren (Stockholm, co-supervisor), Linus Andersson Rydell (Stockholm, co-supervisor), Ilari Ilmakunnas (Turku, co-supervisor), Anna Erika Hägglund (Leibniz Universität Hannover, co-supervisor), Martin Jonsson (Karolinska Institutet, co-supervisor)

Ongoing (currently as co-supervisor): Sanni Kotimäki, Turku; Eva-Lisa Palmtag, Stockholm; Elviira Porthan, Turku

Härkönen, J., Brons, M.D., & Dronkers, J. 2021. Family forerunners? Parental separation and partnership formation in 16 countries. Journal of Marriage and Family 83(1): 119-36.

Härkönen, J. & Sirniö, O. 2020. Educational transitions and educational inequality: A multiple pathways sequential logit model analysis of Finnish birth cohorts 1960-85. European Sociological Review 36(5): 700-19.

Settersten, R. A., Jr., Bernardi, L., Härkönen, J., Antonucci, T. C., Dykstra, P. A., Heckhausen, J., Kuh, D., Mayer, K. U., Moen, P., Mortimer, J. T., Mulder, C. H., Smeeding, T. M., van der Lippe, T., Hagestad, G. O., Kohli, M., Levy, R., Schoon, I., & Thomson, E. 2020. Understanding the effects of Covid-19 through a life course lens. Advances in Life Course Research 45: 100360.

Monti, A. F., Mussino, E., Drefahl, S., & Härkönen, J. 2020. Over-coverage in population registers leads to bias in demographic estimates. Population Studies 74(3): 451-69.


Four representative articles:

Härkönen, J. & Sirniö, O. 2020. Educational transitions and educational inequality: A multiple pathways sequential logit model analysis of Finnish birth cohorts 1960-85. European Sociological Review 36(5): 700-19.

Härkönen, J., F. Bernardi, & D. Boertien. 2017. Family dynamics and child outcomes: Key findings and unresolved questions. European Journal of Population 33(2): 163-84.

Härkönen, J., H. Kaymakcalan, P. Mäki & A. Taanila. 2012. Prenatal health, educational attainment, and intergenerational inequality: The Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 Study. Demography 49(2):525-52.

Härkönen, J. & J. Dronkers. 2006. Stability and change in the educational gradient of divorce. A comparison of seventeen countries. European Sociological Review 22(5):501-17.


More information

26 - 28 October 2022; Popfest 2022

18 - 19 October 2019: Divorce conference, co-organised with F. Bernardi and the University of Florence

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