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Jiby Mathew Puthenparambil

University of Jyväskylä

Jiby Mathew Puthenparambil

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä, working in the CoE AgeCare Project. I earned my doctoral degree in Social and Public Policy from the University of Jyväskylä. My PhD was on “Marketization of Care within the Nordic Context: Private Care Provision for Older People in Finland”. I also hold a master’s degree in health science (in Gerontology and Public Health) and Social Work.


Countries Finland;
Topics Care inequalities; LTC Policy; LTC Systems; Unmet needs; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Causal inference in Long-Term Care; Literature reviews and synthesis; Quantitative data analysis; Surveys;
Role Research;
Research interests

My research focuses on the ongoing changes in the care service for older people in Finland. Specifically, I am investigating various aspects related to care policy, inequality, care poverty, unmet care needs, the marketization of care, and service utilization. Additionally, I am focusing on the working conditions of care workers in long-term care.

Key publications

Mathew Puthenparambil, J. (2023). Being able to provide sufficiently good care for older people: care workers and their working conditions in Finland, International Journal of Care and Caring (published online ahead of print 2023).

Mathew Puthenparambil, Jiby (2019). Marketisation of care within the Nordic context: Private care provision for older people in Finland, Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä. JYU Dissertations

Mathew Puthenparambil, J. (2018). Outsourcing within the Nordic context: Care services for older people in Finland. Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 30(5), 440-457.

Mathew Puthenparambil, J., Kröger, T., & Van Aerschot, L. (2017). Users of home‐care services in a Nordic welfare state under marketisation: the rich, the poor and the sick. Health and Social Care in the Community, 25(1), 54-64.

Van Aerschot, L., Mathew Puthenparambil, J., Olakivi, A., & Kröger, T. (2022). Psychophysical burden and lack of support: Reasons for care workers’ intentions to leave their work in the Nordic countries. International Journal of Social Welfare, 31(3), 333-346.

Kröger, T., Puthenparambil, J. M., & Van Aerschot, L. (2019). Care poverty: unmet care needs in a Nordic welfare state. International Journal of Care and Caring, 3(4), 485-500.