About

Heini Vaisanen

Researcher at the Institut national d’études démographiques, France, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights unit.

Part-time Lecturer in Social Statistics and Demography at the University of Southampton, UK.

Associate Editor in Reproductive Health journal.

Research interests:

  • Social demography.
  • Sexual and reproductive health with emphasis on induced abortions, miscarriages and pregnancy intentions over the life course.
  • The effect of sexual and reproductive events over the life course on health and wellbeing later in life.
  • Longitudinal, multilevel and event-history modelling as well as other quantitative research methods.
  • I completed my PhD thesis ‘A Life Course Perspective to Abortions in Finland’ at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2016.

Prizes and awards

  • The British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) Early Career Award 2021.
  • European Society for Health and Medical Sociology (ESHMS) conference 2016: best paper prize with paper ‘Timing of abortions, births and relationship transitions in Finland’.
  • The British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) annual meeting Best student poster award in 2014 with ‘The association between education and induced abortion in Finland: a cohort perspective’.
  • The British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) Prize 2013 for best student dissertation or essay with my master’s dissertation at LSE ‘Social Inequalities and Fertility in Adolescence: Teenage Pregnancy Trends of Three Birth Cohorts in Finland’.

PhD Students

  • Eunice Williams (2018-present): “Women economic empowerment and the household economy in sub-Saharan Africa”. University of Southampton [primary supervisor].
  • Maria Herica La Valle (graduated in 2020): “Life events and changes in health-related behaviours: An investigation using the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing”. University of Southampton [secondary supervisor].

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