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Marjut Jyrkinen

Consortium Director of the WeAll project (funded by Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland, 2015-21, Associate Professor in Working Life Equality and Gender Studies , Affiliate researcher at the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Studies

  • PL 59 (Unioninkatu 38)



  • Yliopistonkatu 3

    00014 Helsingin yliopisto


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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I am Associate Professor in Working Life Equality and Gender Studies (tenure track) 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 ( 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 new connection is the membership of HELSUS, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science. It is interesting to collaborate with researchers who focus on ecological sustainability, and to add social and human sustainability and to address possibilities for economical sustaibility in organisational and working life contexts.  

My major interests in research are in critical studies on gender in management and organisations, and thereby (organisational) ethics and also human rights more broadly. My research is multidisciplinary and aims to have a high societal impact. At the moment I am enthusiastic about our current research of the Consortium WeAll - Social and Economic Sustainability of Future Working Life: Policies, Equalities and Intersectionalities in Finland ( WeAll Project (2015-21) explores 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 are interested 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 brings together a multidisciplinary research team based at the UH (Gender Studies and Ruralia Institute), Hanken School of Economics, and Jyväskylä University Business School. WeAll is led by myself and Professor Anna-Maija Lämsä; other PIs are Docent and Senior Researcher Jukka Lehtonen (UH) and Dr Charlotta Niemistö (Hanken). At the Ruralia Institute (UH) the research is led by Professor Sami Kurki. Interest in stakeholders' opinions and co-production of knowledge are inbuilt in our project WeAll. If you or your organisation are interested in my/our work, please contact

Key words of my curent research interests are: gender, 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

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

Publications 1996 2019

Care and Gendered Work in Reception Centers in Finland

Jyrkinen, M., Väkiparta, M. & Lämsä, A-M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Emotional Workplace Abuse: A New Research Approach

Penttinen, K. A. E., Jyrkinen, M. H. & Wide, E., 2019, Palgrave Pivot. 80 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Is fatherhood allowed? Media discourses of fatherhood in organizational life

Kangas, E., Lämsä, A-M. & Jyrkinen, M., 2019, In : Gender, Work and Organization.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Paradoxes of Mentoring: An Ethnographic Study of a Mentoring Programme for Highly-educated Women with Migrant Backgrounds

Steel, T., Lämsä, A-M. & Jyrkinen, M., 2019, In : Culture unbound: journal of current cultural research. 11, 2, p. 275-297 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Women’s Appearance as the Focus of Attention in Organizations

Ojasoo, M., Lämsä, A-M., Jyrkinen, M. H. & Rihma, M., 2019, Responsible Humane Strategies for Gender Equality, Empowerment and Leadership . Kumar Dey, A. & Lehtimäki, H. (eds.). New Delhi: Bloomsbury Publishing India , p. 27-34 8 p.

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

Projects 2012 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

TAHTO - Maanpuolustustahto ja taistelutahto 2000-luvun Suomessa

Tallberg, T., Kosonen, J., Jyrkinen, M., Laitinen, K. & Tiilikainen, M.


Project: Research project

Activities 2001 2019

Kathy Sanderson

Marjut Jyrkinen (Host), Elina Penttinen (Host)
12 May 201918 May 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

ESR-rahoitteinen Entrefox 50+ tutkimus- ja kehittämishanke (External organisation)

Marjut Jyrkinen (Board member)

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

Summary of Ratkaisuriihi [workshop] on employment of non-Finnish based persons and people 50+

Marjut Jyrkinen (Speaker)
24 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Faculty of Arts development day at Kalastajatorppa

Marjut Jyrkinen (Participant)
20 Aug 2019

Activity: Other activity typesOther