Kokkonen Lotta, university lecturer

Kokkonen Lotta, university lecturer


  • Teaching speech communication courses at BA and MA levels. 


  • PhD (Speech communication, university of Jyväskylä)
  • Qualifications for adult pedagogics

Research interests

  • Wellbeing and social networks of international students
  • Refugees’ and asylum seekers social networks
  • Interpersonal perspective on social networks and networking 

Special expertise

  • Intercultural communication 

Resent/Ongoing research projects

  • Jag bor i Oravais 2015–2018: A study looking at the integration of asylum seekers living in Western Finland. (https://www.jyu.fi/hum/laitokset/solki/tutkimus/hankkeet/jagborioravais/english/aims).
  • Social networks and networking in Finnish business life: A qualitative study aiming at understanding social networks and networking in the contemporary Finnish business world.

Ongoing pedagogical development projects

  • 1.9.2016 - current. Enhancing students’ intercultural competence during their exchange periods. University of Jyväskylä, Language Centre (in cooperation with the International Affairs office, Carrier Services and different departments at the JYU).
  • 1 January – 2017. E-education project: Developing the teaching and evaluation of multilingual and intercultural communication (ICC) at the University of Jyväskylä. The aim of the project is to develop tools for more dynamic evaluation of ICC by utilizing ICT technology. Funded by the University of Jyväskylä  1 January–31 December 2017 (https://www.jyu.fi/hankkeet/eeducation). 1.1.2018 – further developing the evaluation model / assessment tool as a part of Language Centre pedagogical development work.  

Recent funding for research and pedagogical development 

  • 1 January–31 December 2017. Funding for e-education project on developing dynamic evaluation and assessment of multilingual and intercultural communication at the University of Jyväskylä. (https://www.jyu.fi/hankkeet/eeducation)
  • 1 September–31 December 2016 Research grant for research on supporting the wellbeing of international degree students: Development of Goodie activities. University of Jyväskylä / Student Life, (https://www.jyu.fi/studentlife/studentlife/studentlifetutkimus/slresearchprojects)
  • 1 August 2014–31 December 2014 Funding for pedagogical development / research on Teaching networking; interpersonal competence perspective. Funding for a teaching free period.  Education council (koulutusneuvosto), University of Jyväskylä, Finland. 

National networking

  • Vice Chair of the board of directors / Prologos (association devoted to development of communication research and education) http://prologos.fi/johtokunta/

Selected publications:

  • Pöyhönen, S., Kokkonen, L. & Tarnanen, M. (Forthcoming /2018). Turvapaikanhakijoiden kertomuksia sosiaalisista verkostoista ja kuulumisen tunteista. [Asylum seekers’ stories about their transnational social networks and belonging] Lyytinen, E. (Ed.), Pakolaisuus Suomessa [Refugees in Finland]. Turku: Institute of Migration.
  • Kokkonen, L. (2018) Pakolaisten sosiaalinen tuki viranomaiskohtaamisissa [Social Support in Refugees’ and Officials’ meetings] In Hiitola, J., Anis, M. & Turtiainen, K (Eds.), Migration, services and well-being. Encounters, agency and bordering practises in welfare work. Helsinki: Vastapaino.
  • Kokkonen, L. (2010). Pakolaisten vuorovaikutussuhteet: Keski-Suomeen muuttaneiden pakolaisten kokemuksia vuorovaikutussuhteistaan ja kiinnittymisestään uuteen sosiaaliseen ympäristöön. Puheviestinnän väitöskirjatutkimus, Jyväskylän yliopisto, Viestintätieteiden laitos.
  • Kokkonen, L. (2009). Social support within refugees’ interpersonal communication relationships. In T. A. Kinney & M. Pörhölä (Eds.) Anti- and pro-social communication: Theories, methods and applications. New York: Peter Lang, 161-172.