GODESS Institute Researchers

Get to know about the researchers associated with GODESS Institute!

Margaret Alston


Professor of Social Work, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle (UON)

Margaret Alston is Professor of Social Work at University of Newcastle, Australia. In 2008 she established the Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability (GLASS) research unit at Monash University. The unit attracted an extensive number of PhD students. Now, GLASS is a Research Unit located within the School of Humanities and Social Science, in the Faculty of Education and Arts at UON.

Previously she was at Charles Sturt University for 21 years.

In 2010 she was awarded an Order of Australia for her services to social work and to rural women.

email: margaret.alston@newcastle.edu.au

Cecilia Borgman


PhD student, Department of Economics, Hanken School of Economics

Cecilia completed her Master’s degree in 2016 at Hanken and began her PhD studies in 2017. She has a special interest in women’s situation in the labor market and topics related to labor economics, gender economics and family economics. She currently studies how having children affects the probability of promotion for women and men.

email: cecilia.borgman@hanken.fi

Niklas Bruun


Professor Emeritus, Commercial Law, Hanken School of Economics

Niklas Bruun is a professor in commercial law at Hanken with focus on intellectual property law, and serves as director for the IPR University Center.

Professor Bruun has extensive experience in international law, labour law and equality issues both in Finland and international forums.

email: niklas.bruun@hanken.fi

Meri-Maaria Frig

Doctoral Student, Marketeing and Supply Chain Management, Hanken School of Economics

email: meri-maaria.frig@hanken.fi

Jeff Hearn

Jeff Hearn

Professor Emeritus, Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics

Senior Professor, Gender Studies, Örebro University;

Professor of Sociology, University of Huddersfield.

His current research focuses on gender, intersectionality, organisations, management, and transnational processes.

Jeff has been involved in many national, Nordic, EU and international research and policy projects, and is co-managing editor, Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality book series.

Latest books include:

  • Rethinking Transnational Men (co-ed, Routledge, 2013)
  • Men of the World: Genders, Globalizations, Transnational Times (Sage, 2015)
  • Revenge Pornography (with Matthew Hall)
  • Engaging Youth in Activist Research and Pedagogical Praxis (co-ed; both Routledge, 2017)

He is working on two further books on: men’s unsustainable transnational institutions, and ageing and organisations.

email: jeff.hearn@hanken.fi

Suvi Heikkinen


Post Doctoral Researcher, School of Business and Economics, University of Jyväskylä

Suvi Heikkinen received her doctoral degree in management and leadership in 2015. She is currently researching topics related to equality issues in working life and working as a postdoctoral researcher in a research project, Social and Economic Sustainability of Future Working Life (WeAll), funded by the Strategic Research Council, Academy of Finland.

Suvi's areas of interest are: Work-Family integration, Careers, Ethics in Management and Leadership, Diverse work force, Innovativeness, Responsible Business and Management, and Human Resource Management (HRM)

email: suvi.s.heikkinen@jyu.fi

Jonna Heliskoski

Doctoral Student, Marketeing and Supply Chain Management, Hanken School of Economics

email: jonna.heliskoski@hanken.fi

Jaana Holappa-Girginkaya


Doctoral Student, School of Business and Economics, University of Jyväskylä

Jaana Holappa-Girginkaya, M.Sc., has been working for many years in public health sector. During her work, she has observed from a very close distance many different cases that motivated her to contribute to this particular research area.

In her research, she focuses on the capabilities of women employees who work on temporary contract in health sector. In particular, leadership as a mechanism in advancing and limiting the capabilities is of interest. The research is located in the field of social inclusion, gender, ethics in leadership and health sector.

email: jamahola@student.jyu.fi

Charlotte Holgersson


Associate Professor, Industrial Economics and Management, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Charlotte Holgersson holds a position as Associate Professor in the division of Organisation and Management at the Department of Industrial Economics and Management, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Her research is located at the intersection of organization and management studies and gender studies. She is interested in the empirical and theoretical exploration of gender ordering in organizations, in particular issues of management, change and sexuality.

email: charlotte.holgersson@itm.kth.se

Liisa Husu


Affiliated Researcher, Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics

Dr. Liisa Husu is Professor of Gender Studies at Örebro University, Sweden, and Co-Director for GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies.

Husu received her PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki in 2001, and was awarded the Gender Studies award Christina of the Year in 2002 by the University of Helsinki Gender Studies, and Gender Equality Prize of the University of Helsinki, the Maikki Friberg Prize, in 2009.

Her research interests focus on gender in scientific organisations, academia and knowledge production; especially on gender dynamics and inequalities in scientific careers, organisations and science policy. Current research focuses on gender equality in research funding organisations.

She has functioned extensively as a gender expert and adviser for diverse research stakeholders in Nordic countries, Europe and internationally, including funding organisations, Ministries and advocacy organisations, and has been actively involved in developing gender approaches in universities and research policy since the early 1980s in many roles and contexts.

email: liisa.husu@hanken.fi

Maj-Britt Höglund


Lecturer, Hanken Centre for Languages and Business Communication

Dr. Maj-Britt Höglund is a former journalist turned researcher of media texts. Her research is set within Critical Discourse Analysis, focusing on media texts and their construction of women in contemporary society.

She defended her thesis “Re-Inventing the Cosmo Girl. How a Magazine Neutralizes Competing Discourses” in 2016.

Previous publications include:

- “The Absent Female Rotarian in Finland: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Rotary Norden“ (2015), in Deviant Women: Cultural, Linquistic and Literary Approaches to Narratives of Femininity, eds. Foka, Anna, Tiina Mäntymäki and Marinella Rodi-Risberg Frankfurt-am-Main: Peter Lang. 153–170.

- “Using the Words of Others: ‘Reporter’s voice’ and the construal of objectivity in the reporting of political conflict in Finland” (2008), in Communicating Conflict. Multilingual Case Studies of the News Media. Eds. Thomson, E. A., and Peter R.R. White. London: Continuum. 227–252.

email: maj-britt.hoglund@hanken.fi

Susanna Kallio 


Doctoral Student, Commercial Law, Hanken School of Economics 

Susanna Kallio, M.Sc., is a PhD candidate in Commercial Law at Hanken. Her field of research is intellectual property law, which she studies from a feminist perspective for her doctoral thesis. She has a strong interest in feminist legal theory and gender studies in general. 

Her research on gender issues in IP law is also part of the Academy of Finland funded research project FAirness, Morality and Equality in international and European Intellectual Property Law (FAME-IP). 

email: susanna.kallio@hanken.fi

Carolyn Kehn

Affiliated researcher, GODESS Institute


Carolyn Kehn received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in May 2018. At the same time, she commissioned into the US Army’s Medical Service Corps where she serves in the social work designation. As a Fulbright fellow, Carolyn received a Master of Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki. Her thesis utilized a gendered approach to the entry and exit of female officers from the Finnish Defence Forces. Carolyn is also more broadly interested in studying social belonging and the competing roles of the state and organizations in producing this cohesion for all people, but especially marginalized demographics.

email: carolyn.kehn@hanken.fi 

Jonna Louvrier


Affiliated Researcher, Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics

As well as an affiliated researcher, Jonna is an entrepreneur, trainer and consultant at Includia Leadership
Jonna’s  research interests focus on diversity and inclusion, ontologies of difference and equality work. Her empirical work has been carried out in Finland, France and the Silicon Valley. She gained her PhD in 2013 at Hanken School of Economics. Between 2014 and 2016 she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University.

email: jonna.louvrier@hanken.fi

Anna Maija Lämsä


Professor, School of Business and Economics, University of Jyväskylä

Anna Maija Lämsä is a professor of Human Resource Management (HRM ), as well as Management and Leadership. Her research interests are diversity in work life; corporate social responsibility, management and leadership development; business education.

email: anna-maija.lamsa@jyu.fi

Anna Maaranen


PhD Student, Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics

Anna Maaranen, M.Sc., is a PhD candidate. Her research focuses on social media as an arena for discussing the interrelations of gender, work, and management.

email: anna.maaranen@hanken.fi


Jean Helms Mills


Professor, Sobey School of Business, St Mary's University

Jean Helms Mills is additionally a Docent at Jyväskylä University School of Business (Finland), and a Senior Research Fellow at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki since 2008.

Jean has presented her work on historiography, critical sensemaking, gender, culture and change at numerous conferences and published in various journals. Currently, she is Co-Editor of Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management and Associate Editor of Gender, Work and Organization. She is past divisional Co-Chair of the Critical Management Studies Division of The Academy of Management.

email: Jean.Mills@smu.ca

Albert J. Mills


Professor, Sobey School of Business, St Mary's University

Albert J. Mills is a Professor of Management at Saint Mary’s University (Canada) and Professor of Innovation 2.0 at the University of Eastern Finland.

He is Co-editor of Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management; and an Associate Editor of Gender, Work and Organization; Organization; and the International Journal of Work Innovation. He also serves on the editorial boards of several other journals, including Equality, Diversity, Inclusion.

He is the author of over 40 books and edited collections, including:

  • Oxford Handbook of Diversity in Organizations (2016) and
  • Insights and Research on the study of Gender and Intersectionality in International Airline Cultures (Emerald, 2017). 

Albert is currently the co-chair of the International Board of Critical Management Studies.

His research interests are in the areas of gender, historiography, Critical Management Studies, and Critical Sensemaking.

Currently he is a principal investigator and co-investigator in two SSHRC grants to study the problems of discrimination in the airline industry (intersectionality) and to study the dissemination of management knowledge in Canada and the United States. 

email: albert.mills@smu.ca

Charlotta Niemistö


Project Leader, Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics

Dr. Charlotta Niemistö is Project Leader, Social and Economic Sustainability of Future Working Life (WeAll), a project funded by the Strategic Research Council, Academy of Finland.

Her research interests include questions around work/family reconciliation, work/non-work boundaries, coping at work, gender, age/generations, inequalities, and social and human sustainability.

email: charlotta.niemisto@hanken.fi

Pia Polsa


Associate Professor, Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Hanken School of Economics

Currently an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Hanken, Pia Polsa has previously worked for Fudan University, Nankai University and Hult International Business School in Shanghai.

Her current research interests are poverty, service and relationship marketing at non-profit settings like health care in developing countries, international marketing channels, and cross-cultural methodology. Additionally, her research includes grocery retailing and consumer behaviour in China and sustainable poverty alleviating business models in India.

She has published in journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Macromarketing, Journal of Services Marketing, Supply Chain Management, among others.

Her work has also appeared in practitioner-oriented journals like Talouselämä.

email: pia.polsa@hanken.fi

Marinella Rodi-Risberg

Affiliated Researcher, Department of Language and Communication Studies, University of Jyväskylä

Rodi-Risberg's research focuses on trauma narratives (fictional, autobiographical, mediatized) and gender. She has published in such journals as Studies in the Novel and Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction

email: marinella.p.rodi-risberg@jyu.fi

Shabnam Shaikh


PhD Student, School of Business and Economics, University of Jyväskylä

Shabnam Shaikh is a PhD student in ‘Leadership and Management.’ Before joining her PhD program in 2018, she completed her Master's degree in ‘Educational Leadership’ at the University of Jyväskylä.

Her research interests mainly fall in the broader area of Collaborative leadership and workforce diversity. In her dissertation research, Shaikh intends to examine the concept of collaborative leadership appropriateness, as well as constraints in diverse workforce organisations. She is using the narrative case-study research approach. For her article-based dissertation, Ms. Shaikh is planning to conduct the narrative interviews from the middle and higher management staff members who are working in the Institutions of Higher Education/Universities located in developing, emerging, and developed countries. Ms. Shaikh has over seven years of working experience as a ‘lecturer’ and she relishes working with those from different cultures and enjoys team efforts.

email: shabnam.a.shaikh@student.jyu.fi

Inkeri Tanhua


PhD Student, Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics

Inkeri Tanhua is a PhD candidate in Management and Organization at Hanken. In her dissertation, she examines the mechanisms that cause occupational gender segregation, particularly in the context of vocational education. Previously, Tanhua has worked as a gender equality and diversity consultant and conducted several reports about gender equality and diversity. Her earlier educational qualifications include M.S.Sc. with a major in gender studies from Linköping University and M.Sc. (Econ.) from Turku School of Economics. Inkeri’s research interests include gender equality and diversity at work, non-binary gender, gender and technology, intersectionality, and intersection of gender and migration at work.

email: inkeri.tanhua@hanken.fi

Janne Tienari


Professor, Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics

Janne Tienari's research and teaching interests include gender and diversity, strategy work, managing multinational corporations, mergers and acquisitions, and branding and media.

His latest passion is to understand management, new generations, and the future.

Tienari’s work has been published in leading organization and management studies journals such as Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Organization, Human Relations, and Journal of Management Studies.  

email: janne.tienari@hanken.fi

Annamari Tuori



Post Doctoral Researcher, Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics

Dr. Annamari Tuori defended her thesis “Doing Intersectional Identity Work: Social Categories, Inequalities and Silences” in 2014.

She is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in a research project, Social and Economic Sustainability of Future Working Life (WeAll), funded by the Strategic Research Council, Academy of Finland.

Her research interests include work-related identities, inequalities, intersectionality and silence in organizations

email: annamari.tuori@hanken.fi

Anna Wahl


Professor, Gender, Organisation and Management, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Anna Wahl holds a Chair, Professor Gender, Organization and Management, at the Department of Industrial Economics and Management, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).

Her research areas are Organization and management theory, with focus on gender and feminist theory. She was a pioneer in the field of gender research on management in Sweden with the doctoral thesis Gender structures in organizations (Könsstrukturer i organisationer) 1992, Stockholm School of Economics.

email: anna.wahl@itm.kth.se

Kristoffer Wilén


PhD Student, Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Hanken School of Economics

Kristoffer Wilén is mainly working within the fields of political ecology and ‘social ecological economics’.

of his research interests are: the political dimensions of human-environmental relations, the post-political climate & era and neoliberalisation of environmental debates, subjectification and power within consumption and work, and the commodification and economisation of everything in market(ing) society – and as alternatives: degrowth, commons, solidarity economy, and environmental justice.

He is one of the co-authors of the book ‘Talous kasvun jälkeen’ (Gaudeamus, 2016. In English: ‘The post-growth economy/ies’).

email: kristoffer.wilen@hanken.fi

Kerri Whittenbury


Senior Research Fellow, Monash University

Since 2008 Kerri has been a Senior Research Fellow for the Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability (GLASS) research unit. Kerri is a rural sociologist with research interests in gender, rural communities, rural and farm families, irrigation communities and gender and climate change.

email: Kerri.Whittenbury@monash.edu

Ling Eleanor Zhang


Affiliated researcher, Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics

Ling Eleanor Zhang is a tenure-track Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Business. She received her PhD from Hanken School of Economics (Helsinki, Finland) in August 2015.

A key focus of Ling’s research is interaction across boundaries, which is manifested in various research settings, such as boundary spanning of multicultural employees, social categorisation and conflict management between expatriates and host country employees, and human resource practices at MNC subsidiaries abroad.

email: l.e.zhang@lboro.ac.uk