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. Potential of Posthumanist onto-epistemology for the study of International Relations

    Penttinen, E. 2018 Posthuman Dialogues in International Relations. Cudworth, E., Hobden, S. & Kavalski, E. (eds.). Abingdon ; New York, NY: Routledge, p. 72-88 17 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

  2. Understanding the Continuation of Violence in Texas Church Shooting

    Penttinen, E. & Schwanck, A. 27 Nov 2017 In : e-International relations.

    Research output: ScientificReview Article

  3. Accepted/In press

    A mindful approach to study of the International Relations

    Penttinen, K. A. E. 2017 (Accepted/In press) Methodologies for studying emotions in world politics. Van Rythoven, E., Sucharov, M. & Levine, D. (eds.). Routledge

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

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Latest activities

  1. Gender and Emotional Abuse at Work – tolerance of gendered violence and emotional abuse at work

    Penttinen, E. (Supervisor), Jyrkinen, M. (Supervisor)
    2018 → …

    Activity: ExaminationSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

  2. Hyväksytty väkivalta?

    Honkasalo, J. (Member of organizing committee), Schwanck, A. (Member of organizing committee), Penttinen, E. (Member of organizing committee), Rantala, M. (Speaker: Presenter), Pekkarinen, E. (Speaker: Presenter), Marjo Liukkonen (Speaker: Presenter)
    22 Feb 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  3. Haavoittuvuuden Haltuunotto: kohtaamisia väkivallan parissa työskentelevien kanssa -keskustelutilaisuus

    Schwanck, A. (Member of organizing committee), Honkasalo, J. (Member of organizing committee), Penttinen, E. (Member of organizing committee)
    25 Jan 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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