Aapo is currently a specialist researcher at Itla Children’s foundation, a research organization under the Parliamentary of Finland. Aapo holds a PhD from the LSE, his thesis is entitled 'Ageing in the age of debt: household debt and mental wellbeing among people aged 50 years and older'. Aapo also holds an MSc in European Social Policy from the LSE and M.Soc.Sci. in Social and Public Policy from the University of Helsinki. Previously he worked as a researcher at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. Hi currently researches child poverty in the Finnish context using register data. Current projects investigate, for example, parental health and the likelihood of social assistance entry of families with children, child poverty and risk of out-of-home care placement and microsimulations of potential reforms in the universal child benefits system.
Aapo's latest projects include:
- Hiilamo, A., Keski-Säntti, M., Räsänen, S., Niemelä, M, Lallukka, T., and Ristikari, T. The contribution of parental health to the subsequent social assistance entry of the family – a nationwide register-linked birth cohort study in Finland
- Hiilamo, A., Keski-Säntti, M., Pirkola, S., Lallukka, T., and Kääriälä, A. (2022). Psychiatric and neurodevelopmental diagnoses in adolescence and adulthood over-indebtedness among Finns born in 1987. European Journal of Public Health.
- Hiilamo, A., Hiilamo, H., Ristikari, T., and Virtanen, P. (2021). Impact of the Great Recession on mental health, substance use and violence in families with children: A systematic review of the evidence. Children and Youth Services Review, 121, 105772.
- Hiilamo, A. (2020). Debt matters? Mental wellbeing of older adults with household debt in England. SSM-population health, 12, 100658.