Selected bio facts
2018- Professor of English and Education Luleå University of Technology
2012-8 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
Prof. Lydia Kokkola currently holds the Chair in English and Education at Luleå University of Technology. Her main research interests are Reading in English as a Foreign Language, Children’s Literature, Adolescence, Holocaust Studies, Trauma Studies and Cognitive Literary Theory. She is a Board Member of SWESSE (The Swedish Society for Study of English). 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.
Current Research Projects
Matching Reading Strategies with Purposes and Text Types
Funded by The Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation Jan 2015-Jun 2019
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 includes two PhD students: Adrian Rodriguez who began his PhD in January 2015 and Eva Fjällström who began her PhD in October 2013. For more information, please see the project website
Sweden’s National Minority Children’s Literature
Awarded the Solkatten Prize by the Astrid Lindgren Foundation
This research project aims to improve knowledge about the lives of Sweden’s national minorities amongst pupils in schools and also students studying to become teachers. The study was intended to be part of a larger project involving several researchers who would examine materials representing all five minorities. Unfortunately, the other project members have not found funding and so Prof. Kokkola is working alone to gather examples of children’s literature for and about Sweden’s national minorities, with a special focus on literature written in Meänkieli and Finnish, as well as literature portraying Tornedalinger, Finno-Swedes and Romani children.