The project team presently consists of three members.

The present funding takes the project until the end of 2024, but we are constantly probing for additional resources to continue the research also after that.

If you have joint research interests, and want to be affiliated with the team – or are interested in conducting PhD or MA thesis project on the themes of our project – please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Photo: Jonne Renvall, Tampere University

Dr. TIINA VAITTINEN (PI) is Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow in Tampere University, for whom mapping the global political economy of the pads has been a dream project for a long time.

She holds a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies. She is specialised in mapping complex global political economies of care, from the micro-level of everyday life to the macro-level of international and transnational politics. Identifying herself as a social scientist, broadly speaking, Tiina likes to study phenomena of the world across disciplinary boundaries. She loves to learn the ways to translate between different professional jargons, and find common ground for conversation. She’s a bit lazy at updating her personal websites, LinkedIns and CVs and such. You can, however, read about Tiina’s past doings here. Sometimes, the list is up-to-date.


Dr. EVELIINA ASIKAINEN (CO-I) is a Senior Lecturer in the Tampere University of Applied Sciences. She works in the project  from September 2020 to May 2021, as a co-investigator in  the work package that focuses on the pad as waste, and the possibilities of future circular economy. Also Eveliina’s contribution to the project is made possible by the Kone Foundation grant.


Dr. CHRISTOPHER CHATTERTON (CO-I) is a Postdoctoral Researcher. He works as a co-investigator in the two work packages that examine the pad as a techology and the pad as a commodity with different user groups. Chris’s work in the project is funded by Kone Foundation, from November 2019 until November 2020.