Marjut Jyrkinen

Marjut Jyrkinen

Professor in Working Life Equality and Gender Studies , Consortium Director of the Trans-Atlantic Project En Route to Recovery: Diversity and vulnerability in care work during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

  • PL 59 (Unioninkatu 38)

    00014

    Finland

  • Yliopistonkatu 3

    00014 Helsingin yliopisto

    Finland

1996 …2022

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Description of research and teaching

I am Professor in Working Life Equality and Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki (UH). I have worked at the UH since 2012 (acting Professor in Gender Studies and the Head of the Discipline 2012-15), and before that at the Hanken School of Economics. I am a Co-founder and Co-director (leaderhip by Prof Tuija Pulkkinen) of the PhD Programme Gender, Culture and Society SKY (Sukupuoli, kulttuuri ja yhteiskunta) at the UH (http://helsinki.fi/sky). I am Docent in Administration and Organisation Studies, Department of Political and Economic Studies at the Faculty of Socal Sciences (UH). Research collaboration has been funded by the Academy of Finland as well as through funding by European, Nordic and Finnish foundations. The latest international connection and funding is through Trans-Atlantic Platform with colleagues from Canada, South Africa and the UK. 

Just shortly about the current project: we (Docents Jukka Lehtonen and Tytti Steel) wanted to organise it from the perspective of the focus on carers in difficult circumstances, during and after the pandemic. As our project is international, actually transnational, there are multifarious aspects on care and caring. We we aim to apply new methods to study this variety. Our international PIs are Profs Kathy Sanderson (Lakehead Univ, Canada), Floretta Boonzaeir (Univ of Cape Town, South Africa), and Linda McKie (Kings Collegue, the UK).  

Throughout my research on working life and wider, I emphasise the importance of equality and human and social sustainability. Through research in critical studies on gender in management and organisations, (organisational) ethics and human rights more broadly are relevant. My research is multidisciplinary and aims to have a high societal impact. 

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The previous project: Consortium WeAll - Social and Economic Sustainability of Future Working Life: Policies, Equalities and Intersectionalities in Finland (http://weallfinland.fi/). WeAll Project (2015-21) explored the factors that support and, on the other hand, restrict the opportunities of different groups and people in working life because of gender, age, sexuality, class, and location. We were interested in how the intersections of these enable the capabilities of people to participate in the working life and enjoy also full life outside of work.

WeAll brought together a multidisciplinary research team based at the UH (Gender Studies and Ruralia Institute), Hanken School of Economics, and Jyväskylä University Business School. WeAll was led by myself and Professor Anna-Maija Lämsä (Univ of Jyväskylä Business School); other PIs were Docent and Senior Researcher Jukka Lehtonen (UH) and Docent , Associate Prof Charlotta Niemistö (Hanken). At the Ruralia Institute (UH) the research was led by Prof Sami Kurki. Interest in stakeholders' opinions and co-production of knowledge were inbuilt in our project WeAll, led by Docent Mira Karjalainen. weallfinland.fi

Key words of my curent research interests are: gender, Covid's impacts on working life; intersectionality, diversity; organisational cultures and ethics; gender in management and organisations; gendered ageism; but I am also interested in justice, violations and gendered violence, and globalised sex trade. 

 

Fields of Science

  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Gender Studies
  • 512 Business and Management
  • 517 Political science

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Publications and projects within past five years.