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Occupational safety and health (OSH); Qualitative methods; Environmental health; Sustainable production
OSH in the home care industry; OSH in healthcare; Working conditions in the informal economy
Pia Markkanen, Sc.D. is a research faculty in the Department of Public Health. Currently, her research duties consist of investigating hazardous exposures - with a special emphasis on home care workers’ working conditions. She has been a co-investigator leading qualitative research activities on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) - funded Safe Home Care Project. In 2004, she earned doctor of science degree in work environment from the UMASS Lowell. In 1992, she earned masters of science degree in chemical engineering from the Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland.
Dr. Markkanen has 26 years of professional occupational safety and health (OSH) experience, including doctoral degree, international OSH experience at the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO), as well as OSH research and teaching experience in the United States. Her international OSH work experience includes managing and implementing international development programs in collaboration with various governments, employers' organizations, workers' organizations, and non-government organizations. Countries where she has worked comprise Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, Switzerland, Thailand, and Viet Nam. During 1993-1995, she worked in the ILO’s OSH Department, in Geneva, Switzerland. During 1995-2000, she was based in a Finland-funded/ILO-implemented technical cooperation project (ASIAOSH), in Bangkok, Thailand. During 2000-2004, she carried out several international work assignments (e.g. in Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Switzerland) -- these included consultancies to the ILO’s International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour (ILO-IPEC) in the areas of shoemaking, deep-sea fishing, and agriculture. In 2009, Baywood published her book entitled “Shoes, Glues and Homework: Dangerous Work in the Global Footwear Industry."