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: M209 - 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 is Reviews Editor for the International Research Society of Children’s Literature, and a former editor of the International Board for Books for Youth’s journal Bookbird.

From January 2015, Prof. Kokkola will be leading a new research project  Matching Reading Strategies with Purposes and Text Types, which is funded by The Marcus and Amalia Wallenbergs Minnesfond. The purpose of this project is to investigate how adolescent EFL readers can learn to adjust their reading strategies to suit their reason for reading with a particular focus on contrasting web-based reading with more traditional formats. The project will run for 4 years. The Marcus and Amalia Wallenbergs Minnesfond will also fund 50% of the costs of a PhD student to work with Professor Kokkola in this field.


  1. “An autobiography in which I do not appear”: The seductive self in the poetry of Robert Kroetsch

    Korkka, J., Kokkola, L.& Valovirta, E. 13 Jun 2016In : English Studies.97, 5, p. 510-52718 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. An ‘Invisibling’ view of a Northern Landscape: Inga Borg’s Plupp Series

    Kokkola, L.2016In : Bookbird.54, 1, p. 42-476 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Becoming native?: The wisdom of plants in Magaret Engle’s the surrender tree

    Kokkola, L.25 Apr 2016In : International Research in Children's Literature.9, 1, p. 35-4915 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. "Only Connect!”: Creating Connections when Reading Fiction and Digital Texts

    Kokkola, L.2 Mar 2016In : Encuentro (Online).24, p. 59-7214 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Why I no longer work with Holocaust Literature

    Kokkola, L.20 Jun 2016In : Religious Studies and Theology.35, 1, p. 99-1068 p.

    Publication: ResearchJournal article


Published: 16 May 2012

Updated: 29 July 2014


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