Elina Penttinen

Docent in Gender Stuides, Director of Gender Studies Master's programme

  • PL 59 (Unioninkatu 38)




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Personal profile

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.


Education/Academic qualification

Mindul Self Compassion (MSC)Teacher, Center for Mindfulness, Sweden

20 Jan 201611 Jun 2016

Award Date: 11 Jun 2016

Fields of Science

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

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.


Gender Studies Conference in Finland Went Global in 2019

Penttinen, E., Jyrkinen, M., Willamo, K. I. & Hiltunen, A. M., Jan 2020, In : Sukupuolentutkimus. 33, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Henkinen työpaikkaväkivalta – tunnistamisen ja nimeämisen tärkeys hyvinvoinnin edistämiseksi

Jyrkinen, M. & Penttinen, E., 15 Mar 2020, In : Työpoliittinen aikakauskirja. 1, p. 36-48 13 p., 1/2020.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Open Access

Lähisuhdeväkivallan kohteet kuuluvat Covid-19 riskiryhmään

Translated title of the contribution: Targets of interpersonal violence belong to Covid-19 risk groupPenttinen, E. & Jyrkinen, M., Apr 2020

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/siteScientific

Open Access

Emotions and Mindfulness in IR: Moving beyond ‘anti-humanism’

Penttinen, K. A. E., 2019, Methodologies for studying emotions in world politics. Van Rythoven, E., Sucharov, M. & Levine, D. (eds.). 1 ed. Routledge, (Interventions).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access


Sukupuoli Väkivalta ja Oikeus kirjaprojekti

Penttinen, E.

13/01/2014 → …

Project: Research project

Incorporating Vulnerability: a non-fragmented approach to feminist research on violence

Penttinen, E., Hast, S., Honkasalo, J. & Schwanck, A.


Project: University of Helsinki Three-Year Research Project

Gender, violence and justice book project

Jyrkinen, M. & Penttinen, E.


Project: Research project


Kathy Sanderson

Marjut Jyrkinen (Host), & Elina Penttinen (Host)

12 May 201918 May 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

ISA 2019

Elina Penttinen (Speaker: Opponent/discussant)

27 Mar 2019

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

Beyond Violence: multidisciplinary approach to feminist research on violence

Elina Penttinen (Participant), , Julian Honkasalo (Participant), & Ada Schwanck (Participant)

2019 → …

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

Kathy Sanderson

Marjut Jyrkinen (Host), & Elina Penttinen (Host)

23 Oct 201927 Oct 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Opening statements

Elina Penttinen (Speaker)

24 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation