Kaisa Vehkalahti

Kaisa Vehkalahti

PhD, Adjunct Professor

Senior Research Fellow
Cultural and Social History


Vehkalahti joined the academic staff in autumn 2017. She is Senior Research Fellow, and Adjunct Professor of Cultural and Social History at the History of Science and Ideas. Vehkalahti lectures in digital humanities and history of childhood, youth and education. She supervises theses related to her research. She leads the multidisciplinary research team focusing on History of Childhood and Education 'Lapanen'. She is PI for Eudaimonia-funded emerging project Northern Rural Youth in Flux (NorFlux), and EU-funded Horizon2020 project PROMISE (2016–2019). Her current research interests focus on the history of longitudinal studies and changing rural youth in Finland.

Research interests

  • Cultural and social history
  • Research ethics
  • History of childhood
  • History of education
  • Youth studies
  • Rural studies
  • Contemporary Finnish history
  • History of science
  • Longitudinal studies

Recent projects

Previous positions

Vehkalahti is currently on leave from her postion as a Research Manager of the Finnish Youth Research Society, funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Her previous positions also include the Turku Institute for Child and Youth Research (CYRI), Department of Cultural History and Turku Open University. She has been the editor-in-chief of Kasvatus & Aika, Finnish peer-reviewed journal in History of Education, and secretary for the Ethics Committee for Youth and Childhood Studies in Finland. Vehkalahti received her PhD from the department of Cultural History, University of Turku, in 2008. She is the author of Constructing Reformatory Identity. Girls’ Reform School Education in Finland, 1893–1923 (Peter Lang, 2009) as well as other publications on the history of childhood and youth, research ethics, memory studies, girlhood studies, and cultural history of writing. 


Social media

Professional and community activities

  • Finnish publication forum JUFO (Panel 23 History, archaeology and cultural studies), panel member 2018–2020
  • Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, deputy board member 2015–2020
  • Finnish National Library Board of Digital Humanities, board member 2019–2020
  • Kasvatus & Aika, Finnish journal for History of Education, editor in chief 2014-2017
  • National Multidisciplinary Expert Group for Child Protection, National Institute for Health and Welfare, 2016-
  • Network for Biographical and Oral Histories of Education, board member 2016–
  • Finnish Historical Society, Research fellow membership since 2016

Thesis supervisions

PhD supervision
  • Essi Jouhki, History, University of Oulu: Memories, Identities, and Regionality in Student Body Activity of Upper Secondary School students in 1950–1970’s

  • Helena Pennanen, History, University of Oulu: Northern Rural Youth in Flux (NorFlux)