Annina Ropponen

Principal researcher

I'm a principal researcher at Pia Svedberg's research group and docent in public health.

About me

I'm a very committed person (both at work and outside work), follow high standards for my work, requiring much from myself but also encouraging my collaborating partners to strive high. At my leisure-time, I do some scientific writing, but also spend time with my teenager and adult kid (and husband) and do as much sports as I can. I enjoy very much baking and cooking. In particular, I love having fun, verbal acrobatics and my motto is "things usually sort out".

Research description

Since 2006, I have had the privilege to collaborate with KI. Since 2018 I have had a position at CNS/IM at KI alongside with my professorship at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. While running various projects about sickness absence and disability pension based on survey and register data of Swedish twins, I'm also interested about sustainable working life and utilizing machnine learning and other data-driven models.

Teaching portfolio

I have done my share of teaching in ergonomics, both lecturing and being supervisor for tens of bachelor and master theses of ergonomics in the University of Kuopio (currently University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio campus). I've also been involved in the development of web-based teaching and written an article about internet course: Ropponen A. Experiences of learning and satisfaction with teaching of basic courses of ergonomics over Internet - the Ergonetti program. Education and Information Technologies. 2009; 14: 81-88.


Docent in University of Helsinki, Finland (Public health) 2013, PhD in University of Jyväskylä, Finland (Exercise medicine) 2006, MSc in University of Jyväskylä, Finland (physiotherapy and teacher of health science) 1998, Physical therapist in Lappeenrannan terveydenhuolto-oppilaitos, Finland 1992.