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Anna Elomäki

Senior Research Fellow
Tampere University
phone number+358504377562
City Centre Campus

About me

Anna Elomäki obtained her PhD in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki in 2012. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, politics and the economy in Finland and at EU level. She has studied the gendered character and impacts of economic policies and governance, economization of gender equality policies, gender budgeting, the changing conditions of feminist movements, and theoretical questions about gender, neoliberalism and economization. In addition, she studies issues related to party politics, informal and formal institutions in policy-making, and democracy. She works as a senior researcher in the ERC project "Gender, party politics and democracy in Europe: a study of European Parliament's party groups." 

Previously, Elomäki worked at the University of Helsinki as Academy of Finland post-doctoral researcher with a project “Equality for growth and competitiveness: Economization of gender equality policy and advocacy in the European Union“. She led, together with Hanna Ylöstalo, the research project “Gender Equality in the Budget” (2017-2018) funded by the Finnish government's analysis, assessment and research activities. Currently she is also part of the government-funded project "Impacts of the Covid-19 crisis in gender equality in Finland." (2020-2022). Elomäki regularly works as a consultant for gender equality issues in Finland and at EU-level.

Elomäki’s publications include ”Economic case for gender equality in the European Union: Selling gender equality for decision-makers and neoliberalism for women’s movements” (European Journal of Women’s Studies, 2015), "Economization of expert knowledge about gender equality in the European Union" (Social Politics, 2020); ”European social partners as gender equality actors in EU economic and social governance” (Journal of Common Market Studies 2020, with Johanna Kantola) and 'It's a total no-no'. Strategic silence about gender in the European Parliament's economic governance policies (International Political Science Review, 2021).   

Selected publications

Peer reviewed articles

Elomäki, Anna (2021), 'It's a total no-no'. Strategic silence about gender in the European Parliament's economic governance policies. International Political Science Review

Elomäki, Anna and Ylöstalo, Hanna (2021) Gender budgeting in the crossroad of gender equality olicy and public finance management. The Finnish case. Public Money and Management

Elomäki, Anna and Ylöstalo, Hanna (2021). From Promoting Gender Equality to Managing Gender Equality. International Journal of Feminist Politics

Elomäki, Anna, Mustosmäki Armi and Koskinen Sandberg Paula (2021) The sidelining of gender equality in a corporatist and knowledge-oriented regime: The case of failed family leave reform in Finland. Critical Social Policy.

Elomäki, Anna (2020) "Economization of Expert Knowledge about Gender Equality in the European Union." Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society, (online first) https://doi.org/10.1093/sp/jxaa005

Anna Elomäki and Johanna Kantola (2020) “European Social Partners as Gender Equality Actors in EU Social and Economic Governance.“ Journal of Common Market Studies (online first) https://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.13018

Anna Elomäki (2019) "Governing Austerity: Governance Reforms as Facilitators of Gendered Austerity in Finland." Australian Feminist Studies 34:100, p. 182-197. DOI: 10.1080/08164649.2019.1644607

Anna Elomäki, Johanna Kantola, Anu Koivunen and Hanna Ylöstalo (2019) "Affective Virtuosity: Challenges for Governance Feminism in the Context of the Economic Crisis". Gender, Work & Organization 26:6, p. 822-839. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12313

Anna Elomäki and Johanna Kantola (2018) "Theorizing Feminist Struggles in the Triangle of Neoliberalism, Conservatism and Nationalism." Social Politics: International Studies in State, Gender & Society, 25:3, p. 337-360. https://doi.org/10.1093/sp/jxy013 (open access)

Elomäki, Anna (2018) Gender Quotas for Corporate Boards. Depoliticizing gender and the economy. NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research 26:1, p. 53-68. https://doi.org/10.1080/08038740.2017.1388282 (open access)

Elomäki, Anna (2015) The economic case for gender equality in the European Union: Selling gender equality to decision-makers or neoliberalism to feminist organizations. European Journal of Women’s Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350506815571142

Edited books and special issues

Elomäki, Anna and Koskinen Sandberg, Paula (eds.) (2020) Special issue for NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research: Feminist Perspectives on the Economy within Transforming Nordic Welfare States

Book chapters

Elomäki, Anna ja Johanna Kantola (2017) Austerity politics and feminist resistance in Finland: From established women's organizations to new feminist initiatives. In Gender and the Economic Crisis in Europe: Politics, Institutions and Intersectionality. Kantola, J. & Lombardo, E. (toim.). Springer, s. 231-255.