Aleksi Hupli

  • Junior Researcher
  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Program group Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body

Aleksi has a MSocSc in Sociology from the University of Helsinki and a MSc in Medical Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Amsterdam. He is currently doing his PhD in Sociology at the University of Tempere, Finland, with a project that focuses on the use of psychostimulants and cannabis for therapeutic and enhancement purposes in the Netherlands, Finland and the United States. He joined the Chemical Youth project as a research assistant in April 2015.


Both of Aleksi’s MA theses examined medical topics from a social scientific perspective. The first one analyzed political discourse on involuntary treatment of pregnant women with substance abuse problems in Finland (Hupli 2013a). The second one enquired about different practices, perceptions and moral attitudes of university students in Amsterdam engaged with the use of prescription drugs both in medical and non-medical ways (Hupli 2013b). As part of the ChemicalYouth grand tour in the Netherlands, Aleksi focused on methods and ethics of Internet ethnography and carried out a focused ethnography on stimulant use in the Amsterdam business area, Zuidas.


Hupli, Aleksi (2015a) Medicating the Side-effects of Compulsory Education in a Competitive Global Economy, Sosiologia, 4, 2015, 406-408. Book review on The ADHD Explosion. Myths, Medication, Money, and Today’s Push for Performance by Stephen P. Hinshaw & Richard M. Scheffler 2014, Oxford University Press.

Hupli, Aleksi (2015b) Breaking Convention 2015: Looking back (and forward). Conference review published on the homepage of OPEN Foundation

Hupli, Aleksi (2013a) Politics of coercion. Pregnant women with substance abuse problems as a target for societal control (in Finnish).

University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Research. Sociology. Master´s Thesis Supervisor Anna Leppo, PhD

Hupli, Aleksi (2013b) Perceptions, practices and ethics of (non)-prescription cognitive enhancement drugs: a case study among academic youth in Amsterdam.

University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. International School for Humanities and Social Sciences. Medical Anthropology and Sociology. Master´s Thesis. Patrick Brown, PhD