Joa Hiitola

Co-Leader of Work Package 5
University of Oulu


Joa Hiitola (PhD, Gender Studies) is an associate professor (docent) in Social and Public Policy and Social Work. She is the director of Gender Studies at the University of Oulu and leads the Research Group for Epistemic Matters (REM). Her research includes intersectional feminism(s), power-knowledge, the sociology of associations, forced migration, ethnic relations and critical ‘integration’ studies. She is also interested in antiracist pedagogies and different forms of activism. In Mobile Futures, a part of WP5 at UOULU, which analyses life-paths of skilled refugees and processes of place-making after official ‘integration’ periods, will be carried out in Gender Studies and Hiitola will be responsible for these sub-projects.