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Curriculum vitae

Sirpa Tenhunen’s research interests include the anthropological study of technology, innovations and new media as well as the anthropology of development, politics, economy, gender and kinship. She has carried out ethnographic fieldwork both in rural and urban India.

Her latest research has focused on the appropriation of mobile phones in rural India. Her book “A Village Goes Mobile Telephony, Mediation and Social Change in Rural India” was published in 2018 by the Oxford University Press.

She has worked as a researcher at the Academy of Finland and taught anthropology at the University of Jyväskylä before joining the University of Helsinki in 2017. Her doctoral dissertation explored women’s wage work and agency in urban India. Her post doctoral research has focused on women’s political participation, symbolic construction or power and politics as well as reconstructions of gift giving and the market in rural India.

In addition to eight books, she has published articles in such peer review journals as Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Ethnos, Modern Asian Studies and Contemporary South Asia. Her books Introduction to Changing India: Culture, Politics and Development (Anthem Press 2012) and Muuttuva Intia (in Finnish, Edita 2007) which she wrote with Minna Säävälä, give a general idea of contemporary India as well as her research. She has been a visiting scholar at Brown University and at the University of Western Ontario.

Her teaching includes courses on all levels: basic, subject, advanced and postgraduate studies (altogether 40 courses). She has taught courses on anthropological theories, research methods, kinship, anthropology of technology and ethnography of South Asia as well as doctoral and Master’s level seminars.

Fields of Science

  • 5143 Social and cultural anthropology

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

Publications 2005 2019

India Connected: How the Smartphone Is Transforming the World's Largest Democracy

Tenhunen, S., 7 Dec 2019, In : South Asia. 42, 6, p. 1212-1213 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature review (scientific)Scientific

Land Dispossession and Everyday Politics in Rural Eastern India

Tenhunen, S., 20 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Contemporary Asia. 49, 5, p. 863-865 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewScientific

Mobile media, gender, and power in rural India

Tenhunen, S., 15 Jun 2019, In : Human Technology. 15, 2, p. 181-201 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Etnografia, innovaatiot ja kehitys: matkapuhelinten käyttöönotto Intian maaseudulla

Tenhunen, S. L., 2018, Soveltava kulttuurintutkimus. Hämeenaho, P., Suopajärvi, T. & Ylipulli, J. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, p. 298-218 81 p. (Tietolipas; no. 259).

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

Projects 2011 2011

Activities 2008 2019

Cascading Risks and Wellbeing in the Age of Climate Change

Dayabati Roy (Speaker: Presenter), Sirpa Tenhunen (Speaker: Presenter)
15 Oct 2019

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

Energy Research & Social Science (Journal)

Sirpa Tenhunen (Reviewer)
15 Aug 2019

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

American Ethnologist (Journal)

Sirpa Tenhunen (Reviewer)
15 Oct 2019

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

Social Anthropology (Journal)

Sirpa Tenhunen (Reviewer)
15 Feb 2019

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

Jelena Salmen väitöskirjan ohjaus

Sirpa Tenhunen (Supervisor), Laura Stark (Supervisor)

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Press / Media

Kännykkä vapautti Jantan miniät

Sirpa Tenhunen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Kun mobiiliteknologia tuli kylään

Sirpa Tenhunen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Haastattelu Yliopistolehdessä

Sirpa Tenhunen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media