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Tommi Hoikkala

Research Professor emeritus
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Tommi Hoikkala, Research Professor (FYRN), Adjunct Professor (University of Helsinki; Aalto Univeristy) Doctor H.C. (University of Uppsala) , is an outstanding scholar in the field of youth research in Finland and Europe (see e.g.; Hoikkala – Suurpää 2005; Salasuo – Hoikkala 2012; Hoikkala – Karjalainen 2016). The multidisciplinary themes of life-course, well-being, gender, generations (i.a. the NEETs) social relations and practice based research have been central in his research (Hoikkala – Purhonen – Roos 2002; Salasuo -–Hoikkala 2015; Hoikkala – Paju 2016). He has conducted several ethnographic research projects within social institutions such as the military and comprehensive school (Hoikkala – Salasuo – Ojajärvi 2009; Hoikkala – Paju 2013). He has extensive international networks. He was one of the founders of Young Nordic Journal of Youth Research (published by Sage). He has previously been the director of many projects funded by the Academy of Finland and has published widely.


Hoikkala, T. – Karjalainen, M. (Eds.) (2016): Finnish Youth Research Anthology 1999-2014. FYRN publications 172.

Hoikkala, T. – Paju, P. (2013): Apina pulpetissa. Ysiluokan yhteisöllisyys [Monkey at The School. Communality of a School Class]. Helsinki: Gaudeamus.

Hoikkala, T. – Paju, P. (2016): What About Younger Generations? Generation Research and Youth Politics. In: Hoikkala, T. – Karjalainen, M. (Eds.): Finnish Youth Research Anthology 1999-2014. FYRN publications 172.

Hoikkala, T. – Suurpää, L. (2005): Finnish youth cultural research and its relevance to youth policy. Young vol.13(3).

Hoikkala, T. – Purhonen S. – Roos, J.P. (2002): The Baby Boomers, Life’s Turning Points and Generational Consciousness”. In B.S. Turner – Edmunds, J. (eds.): Generational Consciousness, Narrative and Politics. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield 2002.

Hoikkala, T. – Salasuo, M. – Ojajärvi, A. (2009): Tunnetut sotilaat. Varusmiesten kokemus ja terveystaju [The known soldier – experience of conscripts in Finnish Army]. Helsinki: Finnish Youth Research Society/Network, Publication 94.

Salasuo, M. – Hoikkala, T. (2012): Culture. In Nancy Lesko and Susan Talburt (eds.): Keywords in Youth Studies. Tracing affects, movements, knowledges. United States of America: Routledge (2012).

Salasuo, M. – Hoikkala, T. (2015): Outsiders: the forgotten youth of a competition society? In Furuichi Noritoshi & Tuukka Toivonen (ed.) MOOK. Tokio: Magazine House.