A methodology expert contributes to several research projects
At the University of Eastern Finland, Oinas’s duties include supporting researchers in applying for FIRI and other infrastructure project funding. He also assists researchers and research groups in projects that require the use of advanced statistical methods. Teaching research methodology to doctoral students also constitutes part of the job.
“I see any challenges that come up in the course of my work as something positive. Whenever a methodologist comes across new kind of questions in research, they enrich one’s work and add something new to one’s methodological toolbox.”
In recent years, Oinas has been especially focused on longitudinal data and methods for analysing them, including multi-level modelling. Register-based data, too, have been part of his research for a long time.
“I have worked as a methodology expert in various research projects ranging from early childhood education to research addressing older people. In these projects, I have mainly been responsible for data analysis and choice of research methods.”
Working life research, older people’s use of technology, and issues related to early childhood education
Currently, Oinas is involved as a methodologist in a Tampere University project utilising extensive register-based data. He has also worked as a researcher in several working life research projects led by Professor Jouko Nätti, where register-based data have been key.
At the University of Jyväskylä, Oinas’s most recent position was in the Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care led by Professor Teppo Kröger, in a project utilising comparative longitudinal data to study older people as users of technology. The project also examines, e.g., the use elderly care technology, and working conditions in elderly care.
“In these projects, I’ve gotten familiar with issues and problems associated with ageing, which is also a key focus in research at the University of Eastern Finland.”
In Professor Kimmo Jokinen’s early childhood education projects, on the other hand, Oinas has become especially familiar with structural equation models.
Oinas finds the multidisciplinary nature of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies of the University of Eastern Finland fruitful. As a scholar of social policy, he looks forward to collaborating with, for example, scholars of business, law, and geography.