Elina Kilpi-Jakonen

DPhil, Senior Research Fellow, Docent

E-mail: elina.kilpi-jakonen (at)

Tel. +358 2 333 6566 / +358 44 274 6613


I work on the INDIRECT-project (Intergenerational Cumulative Disadvantage and Resource Compensation), which examines processes of intergenerational social inequality and how lost family resources are compensated by other or other’s resources. I’m also affiliated with the eduLIFE project at the Comparative Life Course and Inequality Research Centre, European University Institute, on which I used to be a postdoctoral researcher (2011–13). I have a worked a lot on issues related to children of immigrants, including my doctoral thesis “The Education of Children of Immigrants in Finland” (University of Oxford, 2010) and with research funding from the Academy of Finland (postdoc project “Educational and early labour market pathways of children of immigrants”, 2013–14). My research focuses on social inequalities in education and the labour market, in particular those related to ethnicity, gender and social origin. I use mostly quantitative methods in my research.

Selected publications in English

Kilpi-Jakonen, E., Vono de Vilhena, D. & Blossfeld, H.-P. (2015) Adult learning and social inequalities: Processes of equalisation or cumulative disadvantage? International Review of Education, 61(4), 529–546.

McMullin, P. & Kilpi-Jakonen, E. (Forthcoming, December 2015) 'The Consequences of Shifting Education and Economic Structures for Gender Differences at Labor Market Entry: The British Case Study' in Blossfeld, H.-P., Skopek, J., Triventi, M. & Buchholz, S. (eds) Gender, Education and Employment: An International Comparison of School-to-Work Transitions, chapter 6. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar.​

Blossfeld, H.-P., Buchholz, S.​, Dämmrich, J., Kilpi-Jakonen, E., Kosyakova, Y., Skopek, J., Triventi, M. & Vono de Vilhena, D. (Forthcoming, December 2015) 'Gender Differences at Labor Market Entry: The Effect of Changing Educational Pathways and Institutional Structures' in Blossfeld, H.-P., Skopek, J., Triventi, M. & Buchholz, S. (eds) Gender, Education and Employment: An International Comparison of School-to-Work Transitions, chapter 1. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar.​

Vono de Vilhena, D., Kosyakova, Y., Kilpi-Jakonen, E. & McMullin, P. (2015). Does adult education contribute to securing non-precarious employment? A cross-national comparison. Work, Employment & Society, published online before print (April 17, 2015). 

Jonsson, J.O., Kilpi-Jakonen, E. & Rudolphi, F. (2014). ‘Ethnic differences in early school leaving’ in Heath, A.F. & Brinbaum, Yael (eds.) Unequal Attainments: Ethnic Educational Inequalities in Ten Western Countries, chapter 4. Proceedings of the British Academy 196. Oxford: Oxford University Press and British Academy.

Blossfeld, H.-P., Kilpi-Jakonen, E., Vono de Vilhena, D. & Buchholz, S. (eds.) (2014). Adult Learning in Modern Societies: Patterns and Consequences of Participation from a Life-Course Perspective. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar. (Including five co-authored chapters)

Kilpi-Jakonen, E. (2014). Inclusion and exclusion of immigrants and their children in the Nordic countries and beyond. Acta Sociologica e-special introduction.

Kilpi-Jakonen, E. (2014). Citizenship and educational attainment amongst the second generation: An analysis of children of immigrants in Finland. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40(7), 1079–1096.
Kilpi-Jakonen, E. (2012). Does Finnish educational equality extend to children of immigrants? Examining national origin, gender and the relative importance of parental resources. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 2(2), 167–181.
Kilpi-Jakonen, E., Vono de Vilhena, D., Kosyakova, Y., Stenberg, A. & Blossfeld, H.-P. (2012). The impact of formal adult education on the likelihood of being employed: A comparative overview. Studies of Transition States and Societies, 4(1), 48–68.
Heath, A. & Kilpi-Jakonen, E. (2012). Immigrant children’s age at arrival and assessment results. OECD Education working paper series 75, OECD. Edited version as Chapter 4 in
OECD (2012). Untapped Skills: Realising the Potential of Immigrant Students, pp. 67–78. Paris: OECD Publishing.
Kilpi-Jakonen, E. (2011). Continuation to upper secondary education in Finland: Children of immigrants and the majority compared. Acta Sociologica, 54(1), 77–106.
Heath, A.F., Rothon, C. & Kilpi, E. (2008). The second generation in Western Europe: Education, unemployment, and occupational attainment. Annual Review of Sociology, 34, 211–235.
Kilpi, E. (2008). ‘Education in Finland and the ISCED-97’ in Schneider, S.L. (ed.) The International Standard Classification of Education: An Evaluation of Content and Criterion Validity for 15 European Countries, pp. 268–280. Mannheim: MZES.