Liisa Lähteenmäki
Ph.D., Postdoctoral research fellow

Postdoctoral Researcher, Jurisprudence (Faculty of Law)
Adjunct Professor, Jurisprudence (Faculty of Law)
+358 29 450 4407
+358 50 436 5027

Caloniankuja 3
Office: 3105

Areas of expertise
empirical research of law and justice; employment legislation; labour law; law and society; regulation and deregulation; sociology of work; qualitative methods; work, employment and society


I was born in Turku in
November 1968 as the youngest of three sisters. My initial goal regarding
employment and career was not in academia, but rather in catering and
hospitality. I finished studies at Turku vocational institute in 1995, as a
hotel and restaurant manager. Unfortunately the hotel and restaurant business
was severely affected by the 1990s economic depression, rendering me and many
others unemployed. After a couple of years of working as a temp I decided to
apply to university studies. I started to study sociology in 1998. I finished
my master thesis in 2004 and after graduation decided that I had studied
enough. After trying to land a job for a couple of years, I finally decided to
start to study once again, this time as a doctoral student. My dissertation,
which deals with temporary agency employment and its (de)regulation in Finland
was examined and approved in 2013, and since then I have worked as a
researcher. During 2014-2016 I worked at the Finnish Institute of Occupational
Health in Helsinki, but returned to my Alma Mater in 2016.


I have been conducting research since 2006 when I started my PhD project.
During my years in the academia, I have strongly felt that my research
philosophy and ethics have the most to do with the idea of a better and more
equal society. Research conducted with tax payers’ money should first and
foremost aim at solving societal problems and bringing forth suggestions to
fulfil the ideals of democracy, equality and humanity. This is why the topics
of my research have dealt with regulation and legislation affecting the means
of livelihood and especially employment: I have studied the laws – and lack of
them – that both disregard and govern employment inequality (PhD research),
corporate criminal liability, especially in cases of occupational safety crimes
(Corporate criminal liability), and legislation governing, explaining and
constructing issues of societal security (Securitization in Finnish
Legislation). My research profile is perhaps best described as one with a keen
interest in regulation of societal change, especially economic circumstances
and their impact on individuals, including the idea that regulation is part and
parcel of decent and equal opportunities. Also, I see my research profile and
research interests connecting the various aspects of economic change into the
study of legislation: work, employment, safety, and security all encompass
material and immaterial elements of an ideal of decent and good life. To alter,
regulate and govern these constituents of life is one of the vital and
necessary responsibilities of democratic decision-making and legislation. I see
myself developing and working with these topics to create a truly innovative
socio-legal tradition, to enhance know-how in the thematic profile of cultural
memory and social change, and in the regulation of economic change.

Starting from January 1, 2018, I will be working as a postdoctoral researcher
affiliated with TIAS, Turku Institute for Advanced Studies. My research project
during 2018-2020 will cover the long term changes in Finnish legislation
concerning contracts of employment, health and safety at work and unemployment
benefits. My research taps into the traditions of political science, critical
legal studies and critical discourse analysis. The project will essentially
investigate the turns in the rationale, legitimization and target of laws
regulating employment, and in the composition of people with political leverage
in the making of these laws. Furthermore, the research will explore memories of
present and former lawmakers pertaining to these turns. By political leverage I
refer to both policy recommendations the political parties are delineating and
to people with influence on the content of a given law.


During my
employment at the department of sociology I taught especially qualitative
methods (discourse analysis and interviewing) and also courses
concentrating on designing and executing social research. I also planned,
coordinated and executed two courses dealing with changes in the Finnish
working life (“Changes in the working
life during 2000
” in 2009, and “Latest
trends in the social research on working life”
in 2010). At the Faculty of
Law I have mainly taught qualitative methods as part of an undergraduate course
in sociology of law (ONOM1013). Additionally, since spring 2017, I have been the responsible
lecturer for a new special course on empirical research of law (OTMV1105, 6
ETC). Also, since autumn 2016, I have participated in the planning, execution
and assessment of the digital web-exam of the basic course in sociology of law
(ONOM1013; Tenttiakvaario).

In addition to teaching students, I have given
several lectures for professionals audiences, e.g. prosecutors at the
Prosecutor Academy (the Office of the Prosecutor General), lawyers at the Regional
State Administrative Agency, and researchers at the Finnish Institute of
Occupational Health (FIOH).


Hallinnollinen rikosten torjunta – mahdollisuudet ja rajat (2019) Tatu Hyttinen, Liisa Lähteenmäki, Hanna Malik, Johanna Vanto, Jalo Vatjus-Anttila, Jussi Tapani
D4 Published development or research report or study)

Oikeuden ja lainsäädännön monitieteinen tutkimus entistä tärkeämpää (2019)
Liisa Lähteenmäki, Jaakko Salminen
B1 Journal article)

Repositioning the corporate criminal: comparing and contrasting corporate criminal liability in Canada and Finland (2018)
International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice
Anne Alvesalo-Kuusi, Steven Bittle, Liisa Lähteenmäki
A1 Journal article – refereed)

The Imaginary Social Order of Corporate Criminal Liability (2018) Revisiting Crimes of the Powerful: Marxism, Crime and Deviance Liisa Lähteenmäki, Anne Alvesalo-Kuusi
A3 Book chapter)

Turvallisuuden johtamisen kipupisteet yhteisillä työpaikoilla (2018)
Työelämän Tutkimus
Minna Janhonen, Liisa Lähteenmäki, Anne Alvesalo-Kuusi
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Yhteisösakot eivät kuvasta työturvallisuusrikosten vakavuutta (2018)
Anne Alvesalo-Kuusi, Liisa Lähteenmäki
D1 Article in a trade journal)

Corporate Criminal Liability and Abolitionism – An unholy alliance of corporate power and critical criminology? (2017)
Justice, Power and Resistance
Anne Alvesalo-Kuusi, Steven Bittle, Liisa Lähteenmäki
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Yhteisövastuu, turvallisuus ja työturvallisuusrikos muuttuvan työelämän ja lainsäädännön käytännöissä. Loppuraportti. (2017) Alvesalo-Kuusi Anne, Lähteenmäki Liisa, Janhonen Minna, Tapani Jussi, Räsänen Tuula
D4 Published development or research report or study)

Legislating for corporate criminal liability in Finland: 22-year long debate revisited (2016)
Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention
Anne Alvesalo-Kuusi, Liisa Lähteenmäki
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Mitä yhteisösakkotuomiot voivat kertoa työturvallisuuskulttuurista? (2016)
Työelämän Tutkimus
Liisa Lähteenmäki, Anne Alvesalo-Kuusi
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Yhteisösakot ja niiden mittaaminen työturvallisuusrikoksissa (2016)
Liisa Lähteenmäki, Hanna Koistinen, Anne Alvesalo-Kuusi, Jussi Tapani, Minna Janhonen
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Fräscht och uttjatat om ojämlighet (kirjallisuusarvostelu) (2015)
Finsk Tidskrift
Liisa Lähteenmäki
B1 Journal article)

Keskusteluja vuokratyöstä – Vuokratyön diskursiivinen rakentuminen Suomessa (2013) Lähteenmäki Liisa
G4 Doctoral dissertation (monograph))

Kilpailun voittokulku: Kartelleista ja säännöstelystä globaaliin markkinatalouteen (2010) Valta Suomessa Kallioinen M, Keskinen J, Lähteenmäki L, Paavonen T, Teräs K
A3 Book chapter)

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