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  • PL 59 (Unioninkatu 38)



1989 …2021
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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

I work as senior researcher in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki.

I work in WeAll-research project funded by Academy of Finland (2015-2020). The topic of the research project is equality at work (15 researchers from the universities of Helsinki, Jyväskylä and Hanken). My focus is on diverse group of non-heterosexual and trans youth and their experiences of education and work environment, as well as on texts, such as school books, curricula documents, media, research reports, and how intersectional differences and normativities are construted in them.

My other research project focus on LGBT youth work and young people's agency. It is a part of collaboration project "Enabling South African and Finnish Youth Towards New Traditions of Non-Violence, Equality and Social Wellbeing" (Hanken School of Economics, prof. Jeff Hearn, 2013-2016, funded by Academy of Finland).

I have researched gender and sexuality in education and work environment. My earlier research project was "Non-heterosexuality and transitions of young people in education and working life". I was a member of a research project "Citizenship, agengy and difference in upper secondary education - with special focus on vocational institutions" (Academy of Finland 2010-2013, lead by professor Elina Lahelma, I focused within my research project on the transitions of non-heterosexual youth (compulsory to upper secondary to higher education) and on heteronormativity in education and culture of the institutions. My other research project focused on teachers and sexual orientation as part of project "Gender awareness in Teacher Education" (2009-2011). I am a member of JustEd (, Agora (, KUFE (Research unit of cultural and feminist studies of education,, and Koukero (

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sexuality
  • Gender
  • Heteronormativity
  • Trans Studies
  • School cultures and practices
  • 514 Sociology
  • Youth Research
  • Gender & Sexuality Studies
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People
  • Equality
  • Work environment research
  • 5141 Sociology

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

Publications 1989 2019

Ambivalent Positions and Challenging Contexts in Researching “Rainbow Youth” in Finland

Lehtonen, J. & Taavetti, R., 2018, Engaging Youth in Activism, Research and Pedagogical Praxis: Transnational and Intersectional Perspectives on Gender, Sex, and Race. Shefer, T., Hearn, J., Ratele, K. & Boonzaier, F. (eds.). Routledge, p. 75-90 16 p.

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

Sukupuoli ja risteävät erot kasvatuksessa ja koulutuksessa -teemanumero

Jauhiainen, A. (ed.), Lehtonen, J. & Ylitapio-Mäntylä, O. (ed.), 2018, Jyväskylä: Kasvatustieteellinen seura. (Kasvatus; vol. 49, no. 3)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Windows of opportunities: Nordic perspectives on sexual diversity in education

Kjaran, J. I. & Lehtonen, J., 2018, In : International Journal of Inclusive Education. 22, 10, p. 1035-1047 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Kun 2 ei riitä: sukupuolen moninaisuus kasvatuksessa

Lehtonen, J., 24 Jun 2019

Research output: Other contribution

Kun kaksijakoinen sukupuoliajattelu murtuu - sukupuolen ja seksuaalisuuden moninaisuus tasa-arvobarometrissa

Lehtonen, J. P., 20 Mar 2019, Näkökulmia sukupuolten tasa-arvoon: Analyyseja tasa-arvobarometrista 2017. Teräsaho, M. & Närvi, J. (eds.). Helsinki: THL, p. 136-157 22 p. (Raportti; vol. 2019, no. 6).

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

Open Access

Projects 2010 2021

WeAll: Social and Economic Sustainability of Future Working life: Policies, Equalities and Intersectionalities in Finland

Jyrkinen, M., Lämsä, A., Niemistö, C., Lehtonen, J., Karjalainen, M., Steel, T., Hyvönen, H. T., Lähdesmäki, M., Suutari, T., Kurki, S., Helms Mills, J., Mills, A., McKie, L., Pucetaite, R. & Hearn, J.


Project: Research project


Helsinki University Maikki Friberg Equality Prize

Jukka Lehtonen (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 1988 2019

Lapsiasiavaltuutetun toimisto (External organisation)

Jukka Lehtonen (Expert member)
2014 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Gender and Education (Journal)

Jukka Lehtonen (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of series

Norma: International Journal for Masculinity Studies (Journal)

Jukka Lehtonen (Reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

“Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves”: Educational Discourses on AIDS/HIV in the Nordic countries

Jukka Lehtonen (Speaker)
7 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

YLE Radio

Jukka Lehtonen


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Transnuorista ja heidän oikeuksistaan haastattelu

Jukka Lehtonen


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Haastattelu viharikoksista

Jukka Lehtonen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media