Astrid Sofia Huopalainen

Astrid Sofia Huopalainen

Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
E706 Dept. Management Studies
Assistant Professor
Department of Management Studies

Astrid Huopalainen is an Assistant Professor (tenure track) in the field of Leadership for Creativity, in the Department of Management Studies and the Department of Art and Media. Her research is within organization theory, animal organization studies, and critical management studies, with a particularly keen interest in arts-based, posthumanist practice-based and processual approaches to issues of work and everyday organizing. She studies creative labour in the post-industrial era, gender- and diversity-related inequalities in organizations, and 'more-than-human' (multispecies) organizing. Currently, Astrid is part of the co-research project Luova Lämpiö launched in January 2024. This project seeks to foster meaningful, ethical and sustainable collaborations between partners from the creative sector with companies working with technology innovations and other sectors to address business challenges.

Also, Astrid Huopalainen serves as the Principal Investigator of the Research Council of Finland-funded multidisciplinary consortium project "PAWWS - People and Animal Wellbeing at Work and in Society" (2023-2027). Project PAWWS draws on cross-disciplinary knowledge from animal organization studies, veterinary and human medical research to create new knowledge of multispecies well-being, and examine human-animal work at the cultural, organizational, individual human and animal health level. PAWWS aims to develop insights into interconnected human-animal wellbeing at work; develop more/better ethical animal work conditions, and advance a multispecies approach to wellbeing into policy and practice.

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Ekonominaukio 1 02150 Espoo Finland


arts, organizing, aesthetics, embodiment, posthumanism, gender, ethics, animal organization studies, Business economics


PAWWS - People and Animal Wellbeing at Work and in Society

Knowledge about human-animal work and multispecies wellbeing at work remains limited. PAWWS fosters cross-disciplinary collaboration between Animal Organization Studies, Veterinary Science and Social and Healthcare Sciences to study human and animal wellbeing at work in novel, integrated and groundbreaking ways. Empirically, we will focus on human-dog working relations in organizations, such as service-, therapy-, pain- and cancer dogs at work. Our data will be collected through mixed methods. Project PAWWS creates in-depth understanding and new knowledge about multispecies wellbeing, animal voice and agency in human-animal work. The project contributes especially to Animal Organization Studies, Veterinary and Medical studies and Social and Healthcare Sciences. Practical and societal impacts are considered, such as developing a DogWork logo and animal welfare certification, and ethical (non)human relations in organizations.
Granted funding (public project funding) Department of Management Studies May 2023