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Personlig profil


I am a PhD student in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Madagascar is the hot spot of environmental conservation as well as in the interest of extraction of natural resources. The work is related to discussions of political and human ecology and focuses on how the Tsimihety swidden and sedentary cultivator, who have a history of fleeing from the state and clearing forests for fields, understand and engage with large scale natural resource projects as a huge conservation area ihas been established in the vicinities of their living spaces. The focus of the work is on Tsimihety subsistence farmers despite of heavy efforts of conservationists to change their way of living. I am interested in understanding what kinds of different perceptions and activities are related to knowledge about nature by different actors who are present in the landscape and how are the connections between different actors. The material has been collected between September 2012-August 2013 in 4 different villages situating near Marojejy National Park entrance as well as in archives during 3 months in 2011 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. The work is part of a larger project, Environment, Changing Land Use and Global Natural Resource Economy, directed by Timo Kaartinen and funded by Finnish Academy.

I have conducted previous research focusing on multiple ways of governing in Riau Archipelago in Malacca Strait region in Indonesia. The main data of the research were the written local political histories and myths as well as interviews.


Teaching assistant: Ethnography seminar I&II. Seafaring societies. Jukka Siikala. Social and Cultural Amthropology. The Univeristy of Helsinki. 17.3-12.5.2010

- preparing the readings for the course, leading the weekly discussion sessions, lecturing, reviewing the essays and giving the grades together with the professor. Students' comments: "For once the material was gone over thoroughly.", "Interesting and topical course.", "The atmosphere of the course was smooth and  relaxed."


Research assistant, Changing Childhood, Consumption and Capitalism, Minna Ruckenstein, PhD, Researcher), Social and Cultural Anthropology, The University of Helsinki 12/2006-5/2008.- data collecting by interviewing and participating observation at schools, daycares and toy stores. - lettering and analyzing research data.

Research Assistant, Transportation Unit, Social Services Department, City of Helsinki 5/2007-9/2007.- establishing and co-ordinating customer satisfactory inquiry.- analyzing inquiry data and writing reports (see publications).


ALL-YOUTH researcher 1.7.2018-31.12.2020


  • 5143 Social- och kulturantropologi

Internationellt och inhemskt samarbete Publikationer och projekt inom de senaste fem åren.

Publikationer 2008 2019

Näkökulmia Suomen luonnonvaratulevaisuuteen

Mölkänen, J., 14 jan 2019

Forskningsoutput: Övriga bidrag

Book review: Eva Keller. Beyond the Lens of Conservation: Malagasy and Swiss imaginations of each other

Mölkänen, J., aug 2016, I : Social Anthropology. 24, 3, s. 394-395 2 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskaplig

LATOUR, BRUNO. An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns

Mölkänen, J. E., 30 dec 2016, I : Suomen Antropologi. 40, 1/2015, s. 84-86 3 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragLitteraturöversiktVetenskapligPeer review

Öppen tillgång

Projekter 2006 2023

Aktiviteter 2006 2019

Vulnerability in ecotourism projects in rural northeast Madagascar

Jenni Mölkänen (!!Speaker)
20 apr 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Oral presentation

Preliminary findings from the first year of the ALL-YOUTH project

Anna Elisa Suni (!!Speaker), Marko Tapani Stenroos (!!Speaker), Jenni Elina Mölkänen (!!Speaker), Reetta Mari Mietola (!!Speaker)
23 nov 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Oral presentation

Suomi 3.0 – Kaikki nuoret kestävää hyvinvointia rakentamassa | Finland 3.0 – All youth building sustainable well-being

Jenni Mölkänen (Talare: Presentation)
22 nov 201823 nov 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

Work , care and debt among the rice and vanilla cultivators in rural northeast Madagascar

Jenni Mölkänen (!!Speaker)
20 apr 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Oral presentation