Johanna Kantola

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Born (1977-06-24) June 24, 1977 (age 46)
Oulu, Finland
  • Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences
  • PhD
Alma mater
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
EmployerUniversity of Tampere

Johanna Kantola (born June 24, 1977) is a Finnish professor of Gender Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences in the University of Tampere. She obtained her PhD at the University of Bristol in 2004. Her research focuses in gender equality especially in political institutions as well as the relation between gender and power.[1]

Background and education

Johanna Kantola was born on June 24th in 1977 in Oulu, Finland. She completed her Bachelor's degree of Social Sciences in the University of Birmingham in 2000 and obtained her PhD at the University of Bristol in 2004. She also has the title of Docent in Politics (2007) from the University of Helsinki, Department of Political Science.[2]


During her career Johanna Kantola has completed a lot of work as a published researcher, has acted in numerous commissions of trust and worked in many professional appointments. As a Professor she has worked in several positions in Finland. In the University of Helsinki she has had the positions of Senior Lecturer in Politics, Professor of Politics, Professor of Gender Studies, Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies and Academy Research Fellow in Gender Studies. She has also had the position of Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies in the University of Jyväskylä. At the moment Johanna Kantola is a Professor of Gender Studies in the University of Tampere in the Faculty of Social Sciences.[3]


Johanna Kantola has published numerous articles about her research alone and with different colleagues. The ones mentioned are considered the most relevant. She has also many publications in Finnish.

  • Anna Elomäki & Johanna Kantola (2020) "European Social Partners as Gender Equality Actors in EU Social and Economic Governance", Journal of Common Market Studies, forthcoming
  • Johanna Kantola & Emanuela Lombardo (2019) "Populism and feminist politics: The cases of Finland and Spain", European Journal of Political Research
  • Johanna Kantola & Lise Rolandsen Agustín (2019) "Gendering the representative work of the European Parliament: A political analysis of women MEP’s perceptions of gender equality in party groups", Journal of Common Market Studies
  • Johanna Kantola (2019) "Women’s organizations of political parties: Formal possibilities, informal challenges and discursive controversies". NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research 27 (1): 4–21.
  • Saari, Milja, Johanna Kantola and Paula Koskinen Sandberg (2019) “Implementing Equal Pay Policy: Clash Between Gender Equality and Corporatism”, Social Politics
  • Johanna Kantola (2018) "Gender and the Economic Crisis: Political Parties as Sites of Feminist Struggles", Social Politics 25 (3): 361–382.
  • Anna Elomäki & Johanna Kantola (2018) "Theorizing feminist struggles in the triangle of neoliberalism, conservatism, and nationalism", Social Politics 25 (3): 337–360.
  • Johanna Kantola & Emanuela Lombardo (2017) Gender and Political Analysis. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Johanna Kantola & Emanuela Lombardo (ed.) (2017) Gender and the Economic Crisis in Europe: Politics, Institutions and Intersectionality. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Johanna Kantola (2010) Gender and the European Union. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


In addition to her work as a teacher and her individual research, Johana Kantola has collaborated in a series of projects and research networks of different magnitudes:

  • Essential member of the Gender Equality Policy in Practice network. This project was created in 2013 with the aim of developing and a comparative study that measures the quality and effectiveness of gender equality policies that have been implemented in Europe.The directors of this research are Professors Amy Mazur, Joni Lovenduski and Isabella Engeli.
  • She was part of the project "The Visibility and Invisibility of gender in EU policy", funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Council (SSHC). This project lasted four years (2015-2019) and its objective was to explore the thriving connections and disconnections that appear when two complex realities such as gender identity and political processes collide. The charge of this project was Professor Heather MacRae and had the collaboration of Elaine Weiner, Gill Allwood, Roberta Guerrina or Emanuela Lombardo.
  • Member of the Research Network on Gender, Politics and the State (RNGS). This was an ambitious international project in which 38 researchers and 164 associates were involved, whose purpose was to study the women's movements of the late XX century as well as the response given by governments to these movements. This project began in 1995 and ended in 2012 with a prolific career
  • Member of the Nordic research network Multidimensional Equality and Democratic Diversity (DEMDI), a project funded by Nordforsk in 2009 and led by Birte Siim of Aalborg University
  • Member of the Feminism and Institutionalism International Network (FIIN), a group of feminist scholars whose objective is to create a different approach to the new theories on institutions and power from a feminist perspective, including the gender perspective in their research. The project started on 2010 co-directed by Professors Fiona Mackay, Louise Chappell, Georgina Waylen and Mona Lena Krook.[4]

Other relevant

Johanna Kantola has participated in many investigations and thereby performed several commissions of trust.

  • From the first of June 2007 untill 31 September 2009 she was a convener for the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Gender and Politics Standing Group with professor Karen Celis.
  • Since 2009 she is the editor-in-Chief and founder of Palgrave Macmillan’s Book Series Gender and Politics with Prof Judith Squires (2009–2015) and Prof Sarah Childs (2015 onwards). Altogether 38 books have been published.
  • In the period of 2013-2017 she was a member of the management committee, COST Action ProsPol IS1209: Comparing European Prostitution Policies: Understanding Scales and Cultures of Governance
  • Over a year (2014-2015) she was core expert for DG JUST European Commission: European Network of Experts of Gender Equality (ENEGE)
  • In 2016 she was consultant on European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) for Studio Come in Italy. EIGE commissioned a report on EU indicators for gender sensitive parliaments.
  • Since 2016 Kantola also is a member of the editorial boards of European Journal of Political Research; European Journal of Politics and Gender; Politics, Groups and Identity and European Political Science.
  • From 2016 untill 2017 she was an expert for DG JUST European Commission executing scientific analysis and advice on gender equality in the EU (SAAGE).



In the media



  1. "Feminism and Institutionalism International Network". Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  2. "The Visibility and Invisibility of Gender in EU Policy | Bringing Together Scholars and Policymakers from Canada and Europe". Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  3. "RNGS Funding | PPPA | Washington State University". Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  4. "Gender Equality Policy in Practice (GEPP) | Sciences Po liepp". (in français). 2014-06-13. Retrieved 2020-05-18.

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