Sote Academy – Centre for Education and Research on Health and Social Services

Research and education to support the integration of healthcare and social welfare

Sote Academy, hosted by the University of Turku, assembles interdisciplinary scientific expertise and social welfare, healthcare and education authorities working towards more accessible health and social services. We are committed to creating a collaborative operational culture where evidence-based information is effectively translated into practical solutions.

Sote Academy brings together all eight faculties and their stakeholders to close cooperation around the multiform questions of the integrative service system. We promote and produce interdisciplinary higher education, research and societal interaction, especially from the perspectives of:

  • children, youth and families
  • working age population and elderly
  • management and law
  • environments and culture

Our activities are guided by the following cross-cutting themes: interdisciplinary competence, development and reform of health and social services and education, welfare and health promotion and sustainable development. Click here to see the theme figure.


Sote Academy organizes and coordinates education for university students as well as for Open University. At present, our study offerings comprise over 20 courses and over 80 ECTS. The courses are provided by all eight faculties, which ensures that our studies provide not only social, health and education sectors’ viewpoints, but also e.g. legal, economic and cultural aspects to the developing of a client-oriented service system. Many of our courses are made together with different partners, for example organizations and other universities.

We invest in open and continuous learning possibilities, thus some of our courses and educational materials are open to public: MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), podcasts and videos.


Sote Academy organizes open interdisciplinary forums and seminars for researchers and experts from working life. These forums focus especially on services for children and families as well as evaluative research supporting the national health and social services reform. We also coordinate and participate in research and development projects. In 2022, Sote Academy coordinates or participates in three ministry-funded network and research projects: LASTU, LANUPS and TEKOS. Moreover, we supervise theses and dissertations and disseminate the research carried out in our network.

Societal interaction

Sote Academy has reached the status of an influential interdisciplinary academic operator by determinedly building societal interaction. Our experts are widely involved in the health and social services reform and the developing of higher education on both regional and national levels. Sote Academy actively cooperates with working life organizations in both research and education.

Contact information

Miia Tuominen Research Manager, PhD+358 50 303 2529

Management of the operation, development of research activities

Jussi Lehtonen
Jussi Lehtonen Research Manager, PhD+358 50 326 3735

Development of education