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Marionneau Virve

Sociologist, postdoctoral researcher

Contact : virve.marionneau(at)helsinki.fi


I received my PhD in sociology from the University of Helsinki in 2015 and have since started a postdoc research related to the legislative and financial contexts of gambling in Europe. The international project, ‘Gambling policies in European Welfare Regimes’, is financed by the Academy of Finland and focuses on the financial cycles created by gambling, including revenue raised by governments through gambling, how this revenue is used and distributed, and the social costs of gambling for states. The international research team focuses on the contexts of France, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Italy. At the Cermes3, I conduct the study concerning France.

In my PhD thesis, ‘Socio-cultural contexts of gambling: A comparative study of Finland and France’, I focused on the cultural and institutional contexts of gambling. I am also currently co-authoring an international book related to gambling policies called ‘Gambling, science and public policy’.

A selection of publications

  • Marionneau, V. (2015). Socio-cultural contexts of gambling: A comparative study of Finland and France. Publications of the Department of Social Research 2015: 14. University of Helsinki: Unigrafia.
  • Marionneau, V. (2015). Justifications of national gambling policies in France and Finland. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 32 (3), 295-309.
  • Egerer, M., & Marionneau, V. (2015). And that is where the fun ends – General practitioners’ conceptualisation of the line between recreational and problem gambling. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 32 (1), 21-48.
  • Nikkinen, J., & Marionneau, V. (2014). Gambling and the common good. Gambling Research: Journal of the National Association for Gambling Studies 26 (1), 3-19.
  • Pöysti, V. (2014). Comparing the attitudes of recreational gamblers from Finland and France toward national gambling policies: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Gambling Issues, 29, 1-24.
  • Pöysti, V., & Majamäki, M. (2013). Cultural understandings of the pathways leading to problem gambling: Medical disorder or failure of self-regulation? Addiction Research and Theory, 21(1), 70-82.
  • Majamäki, M. & Pöysti, V. (2012). Vocabularies of gambling justification among Finnish and French players. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 15(4), 496-512.

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