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Curriculum vitae

I am a PhD student in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Madagascar is the hot spot of environmental conservation as well as in the interest of extraction of natural resources. The work is related to discussions of political and human ecology and focuses on how the Tsimihety swidden and sedentary cultivator, who have a history of fleeing from the state and clearing forests for fields, understand and engage with large scale natural resource projects as a huge conservation area ihas been established in the vicinities of their living spaces. The focus of the work is on Tsimihety subsistence farmers despite of heavy efforts of conservationists to change their way of living. I am interested in understanding what kinds of different perceptions and activities are related to knowledge about nature by different actors who are present in the landscape and how are the connections between different actors. The material has been collected between September 2012-August 2013 in 4 different villages situating near Marojejy National Park entrance as well as in archives during 3 months in 2011 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. The work is part of a larger project, Environment, Changing Land Use and Global Natural Resource Economy, directed by Timo Kaartinen and funded by Finnish Academy.

I have conducted previous research focusing on multiple ways of governing in Riau Archipelago in Malacca Strait region in Indonesia. The main data of the research were the written local political histories and myths as well as interviews.

Curriculum vitae

Teaching assistant: Ethnography seminar I&II. Seafaring societies. Jukka Siikala. Social and Cultural Amthropology. The Univeristy of Helsinki. 17.3-12.5.2010

- preparing the readings for the course, leading the weekly discussion sessions, lecturing, reviewing the essays and giving the grades together with the professor. Students' comments: "For once the material was gone over thoroughly.", "Interesting and topical course.", "The atmosphere of the course was smooth and  relaxed."

Curriculum vitae

Research assistant, Changing Childhood, Consumption and Capitalism, Minna Ruckenstein, PhD, Researcher), Social and Cultural Anthropology, The University of Helsinki 12/2006-5/2008.- data collecting by interviewing and participating observation at schools, daycares and toy stores. - lettering and analyzing research data.

Research Assistant, Transportation Unit, Social Services Department, City of Helsinki 5/2007-9/2007.- establishing and co-ordinating customer satisfactory inquiry.- analyzing inquiry data and writing reports (see publications).

Curriculum vitae

ALL-YOUTH researcher 1.7.2018-31.12.2020

Fields of Science

  • 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Sustainability
  • Youth Research
  • Ethnography
  • Political ecology

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


Making sense of conserved landscapes: From intimate landscapes to new potentialities and differences

Mölkänen, J., May 2019, Dwelling in Political Landscapes: Contemporary Anthropological Perspectives. Lounela, A., Berglund, E. & Kallinen, T. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, p. 90-109 20 p. (studia fennica anthropologica; no. 4).

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

Open Access

Näkökulmia Suomen luonnonvaratulevaisuuteen

Mölkänen, J., 14 Jan 2019

Research output: Other contribution

Book review: Eva Keller. Beyond the Lens of Conservation: Malagasy and Swiss imaginations of each other

Mölkänen, J., Aug 2016, In : Social Anthropology. 24, 3, p. 394-395 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific



Nuorisotutkimuspäivät 2019 / XVIII Nuorisotutkimuspäivät

Jenni Mölkänen (Attendee)
7 Nov 20198 Nov 2019

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

Good life and environmental conservation practices in changing environments of rural Northeast Madagascar

Jenni Mölkänen (Speaker)
20 Nov 201924 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Movements, good places and prosperous lives in rural Northeast Madagascar

Jenni Mölkänen (Speaker)
15 Aug 201816 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Teaching Social Change

Jenni Mölkänen (Invited speaker)
21 Nov 20183 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk