Laura Ekholm

Laura Ekholm

Doctor of Social Sciences, Economic and Social History

  • PL 54 (Snellmaninkatu 14 A)




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Research interests

I am currently studying entrepreneurs in the ready-to-wear industry in Sweden and Finland. In the clothing industry, the companies tend to be so small that business-owners and their firms are inseparable. My aim is to reconsider “modernity” by focusing on a field of business with multiple small firms with embedded social networks and family relations. One important aspect to the study is home-based industrial work. I aim to reconsider concepts such as “ethnic entrepreneur” or “female business-owner”.

My doctoral thesis (2013) studied the small Jewish community of Helsinki. I examined on the one hand the occupational structure to analyze changes in the social position of the community in Finland. On the other hand, I analyzed the different aspects of how the position of Helsinki Jews has been narrated.


Education/Academic qualification

Economic and social history, Doctor of Social Sciences

External positions

Country editor, Scandinavian Economic History Review

1 Jan 201931 Dec 2023

Fields of Science

  • 5202 Economic and Social History
  • Garment industry
  • Jewish history
  • Business history
  • Entrepreneurial history

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.