Kaisa Vehkalahti

Kaisa Vehkalahti

PhD, Adjunct Professor

Kulttuuri- ja sosiaalihistoria


Vehkalahti joined the academic staff in autumn 2017. Vehkalahti is Adjunct Professor of Cultural and Social History. In autumn 2019 Vehkalahti received a 5-year Academy Research Fellowship with her project Rural Generations on the Move. Cultural History of Rural Youth, 1950–2020. She 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. See the full list of publications.


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


Rural Generations on the Move. Cultural History of Rural Youth (ROOTS)(2019-2024), funding: Finnish Academy

NorFlux Northern Rural Youth in Flux (2018-2022), funding: University of Oulu, Eudaimonia

PROMISE Promoting Youth Involvement and Social Engagement: Opportunities and challenges for ’conflicted’ young people (2016–2019), funding: Horizon 2020

FACT for Minors: Fostering Alternative Care for Troubled Minors (2016–2018), funding: EU/JUST2015 action grants

Youth in time - qualitative longitudinal study on young people (2014-2025), funding: Ministry of Education and Culture

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

Yhteiskunnalliset ja professionaaliset toimet

  • 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 for 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


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)