Welcome to my home page!
Here you can find information about me and my projects related to civil society and the politics of health. I have studied sociel sciences at the University of Helsinki in Finland and health policy at the and in Canada. During the past 15 years, I have worked with numerous non-governmental organizations in Finland and abroad. More recently, I have provided expert advice to think tanks and international organizations, such as the World Health Organization.
Currently I am working in the areas of health inequalities, marginalization, political advocacy, health policy, and the social determinants of health. My contributions to the field of public policy include over 80 articles, books, reports, and professional presentations. I have edited two books in Finnish: Arkipäivän kokemuksia köyhyydestä, 2007 (Everyday Experiences of Poverty) and Rikas runo, 2009 (An anthology of poems about poverty). I was one of the organizers of the writing contest “Everyday Experiences of Poverty” which collected over 800 autobiographical writings from people living in low-income situations.
I am also an avid photographer. You can find some pictures taken by me at
(In English, PDF)
Publications in English
Mikkonen, J. (2018). Intersectoral Action for Health: Challenges, Opportunities, and Future Directions in the WHO European Region. PhD Dissertation. School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health, York University, Canada.
Mikkonen, J. (2012). Finnish experiences. In D. Raphael (Ed.), Tackling health inequalities:
Social Determinants of Health:
The report has been downloaded over 300,000 times from the website:
Mikkonen, J. (2013). The politics of poverty in Finland. Social Alternatives, 32(1), 24-30. [PDF]
Autobiographical narratives on poverty experiences. FSD Bulletin. Finnish Social Science Data Archive. Issue 33 (2/2011). [
Mikkonen, J., & Tynkkynen, L. (2010). Terve amis! Ammattiin opiskelevien terveyden taustatekijät: 50 toimenpide-ehdotusta terveyserojen kaventamiseksi [The social determinants of health among vocational school students in Finland: 50 recommendations to reduce health inequalities]. Helsinki: Association for Healthy Lifestyles. [ ]English abstract]
Inequality kills on a grand scale (Vapaasana, Toronto, Canada. July 13, 2010)
The welfare state reconsidered (Vapaasana, Toronto, Canada. 48/2009)
Kiukas, V. & Mikkonen, J. (2009). The Finnish brewing industry and alcohol education. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 29 (26): 456–461.
Maunu, M. & Mikkonen, J. (2009). Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 29 (26): 451–455.
Mikkonen, J. (2006). Transaktioanalyysi persoonallisuus- ja vuorovaikutusteoriana. Psykologia 5:328-344. (Transactional Analysis as a theory of personality and communication, Journal of the Finnish Psychological Society vol. 5 2006 pp. 328-344. A peer-reviewed article). [English abstract]
The myth of self-esteem (2005)