Elina Penttinen


    Research areas

  • 517 Political science - Gender Studies, Feminist methodology, Feminist Ethics, Feminist research on violence, University pedagogy, International Relations, Global Political Economy

Education information

PhD in Social Sciences, 2004 University of Tampere

Description of research and teaching

I am the Director of the Master's programme, University Lecturer and Docent in Gender Studies, University of Helsinki. 

My current research project that I lead “Incorporating Vulnerability: a non-fragmented approach to feminist research on violence” (funded by University of Helsinki 2016-2018) combines critical trans-gender theory and feminist research on gendered violence into the analysis of invisible and normalized forms of violence at the level of intimate relationships, institutional practices, and international war on terror. Dr. Julian Honkasalo and Dr. Susanna Hast are post-doctoral researchers and MA Ada Schwanck doctoral student in the project.

My second research project continues feminist research on violence in the context of organizations and work-life. This pilot project Emotional Abuse at Work (EAW) with Associate Professor Marjut Jyrkinen (WeAll project) produces a multifaceted analysis of the violences, violations and resilience at the workplace by building on feminist research on interpersonal and intimate violence, organizational studies and feminist security studies.

My international publication record represents wide expertise in the field of gender studies. Publication areas include key questions in gender studies such as; globalization and sex-trafficking; politics of gender-mainstreaming; ethical action competence and gender; compassionate witnessing as a method for feminist research on violence; and potential of posthumanism for feminist research on violence.


Further information on the affiliationSukupuolentutkimuksen maisteriohjelman johtaja, Yliopistonlehtori ja sukupuolentutkimuksen dosentti Filosofian, historian ja taiteiden tutkimuksen laitos Humanistinen tiedekunta

Latest publications

  1. Gender and Mobility: a critical introduction

    Penttinen, E. & Kynsilehto, A. 2017 Rowman & Littlefield. 194 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewBook

  2. Accepted/In press

    Gender, Agency and Violence

    Penttinen, K. A. E. 2017 (Accepted/In press) Routledge Handbook on Gender and Security. Shepherd, L., Gentry, C. & Sjoberg, L. (eds.). Routledge

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

  3. Harmless Peace-Keeping: The Politics of Telling Stories That Do Not Fit into Critical Security Studies

    Penttinen, E. 2017 In : Critical Studies on Security.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

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Latest activities

  1. Presentation 'Emotional Abuse at Work'

    Jyrkinen, M. (Speaker), Penttinen, E. (Speaker)
    15 Jun 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  2. The continuation of war in gender-based violence in contemporary Finland

    Penttinen, E. (Speaker)
    15 Jun 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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