Lydia Kokkola Photographer: Thomas Bergman
Lydia Kokkola, professor at Luleå University of Technology. Photographer: Thomas Bergman

Lydia Kokkola

Title: Professor, Chaired Professor
Organization: Luleå University of Technology
Research Area: English, Specialization in Didactics
Division: Education, Language, and Teaching
Department: Department of Arts, Communication and Education
Phone: +46 (0)920 493045
Room: A2209 - Luleå »
City: Luleå

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Selected bio facts:


2012- Chair Professor of English and Education. Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.

2010 Adjunct Professor (Docent) in Literatures in English. The English Department, The University of Turku, Finland.

2008 – 2011 Project Leader. Academy of Finland.

2005 Adjunct Professor (Docent) in Children’s Literature in English. The English Department, Åbo Akademi University, Finland.

1999 Ph.D. Åbo Akademi University, Finland


Professor Kokkola’s main research interests are Reading in English as a Foreign Language, Children’s Literature, Adolescence, Holocaust Studies, Trauma Studies, Cognitive Literary Theory and is currently beginning work on the emotions and reading, including the reading of new media and electronic literature. Her most recent book-length study, Fictions of Adolescent Carnality: Sexy Sinners and Delinquent Deviants, focuses on Anglophone presentations of adolescent desire in fiction for teens.


Lydia Kokkola currently holds the Chair in English and Education at Luleå University of Technology. In the past she was project leader for the Academy of Finland project, Silence as Voice: Reempowering the disempowered in contemporary English literatures (2008-2011), which produced three PhDs, and a fourth completed her PhD in 2014. She has also been a Research Fellow of the Academy of Finland (2009) and a collegium researcher in TIAS (Turku Institute for Advanced Studies) (2009-2012), The University of Turku, Finland. Prior to that, she completed her post-doctoral training within the Finnish Ministry of Education project ChiLPA (Children's Literature: Pure and Applied) (1998-2001) project under the Humanities Faculty of Åbo Akademi University. She has been Reviews Editor for the International Research Society of Children’s Literature, and an editor of the International Board for Books for Youth’s journal Bookbird.


Matching Reading Strategies with Purposes and Text Types

Funded by The Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation Jan 2015-Dec 2018


Generous funding from The Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation is currently supporting a four year research project (January 2015 – December 2018) which investigates how adolescent EFL readers can learn to adjust their reading strategies to suit their reason for reading. The project compares teenagers web-based reading skills with their reading of literary texts, identifies areas of weakness and then evaluates teaching activities that can enable students to read more effectively. The project is led by Prof. Lydia Kokkola and will include two PhD students: Adrian Rodriguez who began his PhD in January 2015. Eva Fjällström who began her PhD in October 2013. For more information, please see the project website.


Article in journal
Kokkola, L et al.

The Disgust that Fascinates

Ingår i Sexuality and Culture, ISSN 1936-4822
Article in journal
Korkka, J et al.

“An autobiography in which I do not appear”

Ingår i English Studies, ISSN 0013-838X
Article in journal
Kokkola, L

An ‘Invisibling’ view of a Northern Landscape

Ingår i Bookbird, ISSN 0006-7377
Article in journal
Kokkola, L

"Only Connect!”

Ingår i Encuentro, ISSN 1989-0796
Article in journal
Kokkola, L

Why I no longer work with Holocaust Literature

Ingår i Religious Studies and Theology, ISSN 0829-2922
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Published: 16 May 2012

Updated: 12 October 2016


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