Research team

Elina Penttinen is an Adjunct Professor and Director of Gender Studies Master’s programme, University of Helsinki. Her current research on emotional workplace abuse is a continuation of her multidisciplinary research project Incorporating Vulnerability, funded by University of Helsinki Three year grants (2016-2019). She has published widely in the area of gender, violence and feminist methodology, including Emotional Workplace Abuse, A new research approach, with Marjut Jyrkinen and Elisabeth Wide (Palgrave 2019), Gender and Mobility: a critical introduction with Anitta Kynsilehto (Rowman & Littlefield 2017) and Joy and International Relations: A new methodology (Routledge 2013) and Globalization, prostitution and sex-trafficking: a corporeal politics (Routledge 2008). Her areas of expertise are in feminist methodology, trauma-informed approaches, research on gender, agency and violence as well as research on emotional abuse in the workplace and in intimate relationships.

Marjut Jyrkinen
(c) Lassi Kaaria

PhD Marjut Jyrkinen is Associate Professor in Working Life Equality and Gender Studies, University of Helsinki, and director of research consortium on sustainable working life (, funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland. She is Vice-Director of the Gender, Society and Culture doctoral programme, and adjunct professor (docent) in administration and organization studies at the University of Helsinki. She is also a member of Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science HELSUS at the UH.  Jyrkinen’s research interests relate to gender and intersectionalities in society and working life as well as in the contexts of management and organizations. She has studied women manager’s careers, gendered ageism and violence. She has been involved in many gender equality projects and acted in several international expert positions and tasks. Her research has been published, for instance, in Gender, Work and Organization, Journal of Business Ethics, Gender in Management – An International Journal, and Work, Employment and Society.

Aino Hiltunen works in the project as a research assistant. She is currently finalizing a Master’s degree in World Politics at University of Helsinki.

International affiliations to be announced.