University of Oulu, 2016

Tanja Riekkinen


PhD student


Tanja Riekkinen is a PhD researcher in Human Sciences Doctoral Programme and a teacher in the Scandinavian Studies Programme at the University of Oulu. She is conducting research on petroleum-related ideas, visions and sociotechnical imaginaries in the context of Post-World War II Finland in a research project "Hopes and Fears: Envisioning Oil and Oil Technologies as Components in a Sociotechnical Imaginary of Modernization in Finland, 1949-1973" that has received funding from Kone Foundation (2019-2022). Riekkinen holds a Master's degree in History from the University of Oulu (2016).

Research interests

  • Sociotechnical imaginaries (STS)
  • History of petroleum
  • Environmental history
  • History of technology

Research Funding

  • Kone Foundation, 9/2022 - 10/2022
  • Kone Foundation, 2 / 2019 - 8 / 2022
  • Otto A. Malm Foundation, 8 / 2018 - 1/ 2019
  • Kerttu Saalasti Foundation, 7 / 2018

Teaching and other activities

  • Arctic and Nordic Perspectives on Sustainable Development, The Scandinavian Studies Programme, spring 2022 (upcoming) (course language: English)
  • Environmental Histories of the Baltic Sea, The Scandinavian Studies Programme, spring 2021 (course language: English)
  • Öljykulttuurin tutkimuksen lukupiiri [Petrocultures Reading Course], Humanistiset ympäristöopinnot [Environmental Humanities], spring 2020 (course language: Finnish)
  • Master's thesis supervisor since September 2020

Blog posts

  • "Summer Learning: New Knowledge and Networks". Environmental History Now, May 28, 2020
  • "Öljyä horisontissa - Katse menneisiin tulevaisuuksiin". The blog of Kone Foundation, November 11, 2019

Social media

Professional and community activities

  • Board member, The Society for Regional and Environmental Studies (AYS)
  • Member of editorial board, Versus
  • Member of grant working group
  • Member of health and wellbeing working group