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. Lulea University of Technology, Sweden.

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

2008 - 2011 Project Leader. Academy of Finland.

2005 Adjunct Professor (Associate Professor) 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 the 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 record Bookbird.

Current Research Projects


Matching Reading Strategies with Purposes and Text Types

Funded by The Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation, January 2015-December 2018

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 withtheir 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 overpriced students studying to've 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.


Article in journal
Kokkola, L et al.

The Disgust that Fascinates

Ingår i Sexuality & Culture, ISSN 1095-5143
Article in journal
Kokkola, L

Why I no longer work with Holocaust Literature

Ingår i Religious Studies and Theology, ISSN 0829-2922
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

Becoming native?

Ingår i International Research in Children's Literature (IRCL), ISSN 1755-6198
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Published: 16 May 2012

Updated: 13 January 2017


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