Marjo Kolehmainen

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Faculty of Social Sciences
| Sub unit: Unit of Social Research

About me

From the beginning of 2020, I have worked on the project Intimacy in Data-driven Culture (IDA), funded by the The Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland. IDA is an extensive interdisciplinary research consortium that explores the tension between digitalisation and the data-driven media, and the possibilities for, and rights to, intimacy (PI: Susanna Paasonen). My work in IDA specifically concerns digital intimacies. At the moment, I explore the diverse practices of e-counselling in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

After obtaining a PhD in 2015, between 2015 and 2019, I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow on the research project Just the Two of Us? Affective Inequalities in Intimate Relationships, funded by the Academy of Finland. My research was inspired by the question of whether the therapeutisation of society is changing how gendered and sexualised power relations are produced and perceived in late modern Western societies. In this postdoctoral project, I explored the practices of relationship and sex counselling, focusing on relationship enhancement seminars in particular. During that project, I was also a Visiting Scholar at the GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies (Sweden); the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London (UK); and the School for Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent (UK).