Web articles from the conference
Gambling policies involve a wide repertoire of governance tools. They can take a variety of shapes, concerning different kinds of gambling activities and situations. Regulations of gambling markets, of game production, provision and availability are typically justified in terms of curbing criminality, securing public funding and enhancing public health.
The Nordic countries have taken rather different routes in their gambling policies. Denmark has dismantled its gambling monopoly system, Sweden is in the process of loosening up its current monopoly system and Norway is considering the same. Finland has recently merged its three gambling monopoly operators into one big monopoly company.
The 1st Gambling Policy Conference: Global Prospects, Nordic Perspectives is a step towards establishing cooperation and a knowledge exchange in the area of gambling policies in the Nordic countries, with a global outlook. The conference targets a broad audience of researchers, civil servants, decision-makers and civil society.
During the conference the book Gambling, Science and Public Policy (Babor et al., Oxford University Press) will be launched. The book, which is a collaboration between researchers from the Nordic countries and from the US, UK and Australia, presents knowledge and evidence on gambling policies.
The scientific journal Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (NAD) has been part of the planning committee of the conference. The journal is looking into possibilities for publishing a special issue on gambling policy on the basis of the papers and presentations of the conference. In order to inquire into the interest among participating scholars and others in the gambling research field, a "Call for Abstract" will be posted shortly after the conference in Helsinki.
The conference is arranged in cooperation between the Nordic Welfare Center, the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), the University of Helsinki Centre for Research on Addiction Control and Governance (CEACG), the Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies (FFAS) and the Finnish Foundation for Gaming Research.
Matilda Hellman, University researcher, University of Helsinki
Janne Nikkinen, University researcher, University of Helsinki
Johanna Järvinen-Tassopoulos, Senior researcher, National Institute for Health and Welfare
Jani Selin, Senior researcher, National Institute for Health and Welfare
Nina Rehn-Mendoza, Director of public health, Nordic Welfare Centre
Tom Kettunen, Editor, Nordic Welfare Centre
Jessica Gustafsson, Communications adviser, Nordic Welfare Centre
Tina Rehnström, Administrative coordinator, Nordic Welfare Centre
Administrative coordinator Tina Rehnström, e-mail: tina.rehnstrom(at)nordicwelfare.org, tel. +358 40 579 3636
Senior researcher Johanna Järvinen-Tassopoulos, e-mail: johanna.jarvinen-tassopoulos(at)thl.fi, tel: +358 295 247 022,
University researcher Matilda Hellman, e-mail: matilda.hellman(at)helsinki.fi, tel: +358 40 760 0713
Communications adviser Jessica Gustafsson, e-mail: jessica.gustafsson(at)nordicwelfare.org, tel: +358 40 060 5752
Twitter: @Nordicwelfare1 #gamblingpolicy2017