Kaisa Kostamo-Pääkkö, D.Soc.Sci., works as a director of development at the Centre of Expertise on Social Welfare in Northern Finland and as a professor of practice (social work) at the University of Lapland. Kostamo-Pääkkö has developed social services for more than 20 years with municipalities and joint municipal authorities in northern Finland. She has also actively developed, implemented, and studied technological services in the healthcare and social welfare sector.
Kostamo-Pääkkö has functioned within social work at the University of Lapland in 1990–2001 for instance as a researcher, assistant, and professor. In her dissertation, completed in 2001, she analysed the local service system in the mental healthcare sector. She worked as a professor of social work at the University of Lapland also in 2005–2007.