P.O 4 (Yliopistonkatu 3)
00014 University of Helsinki

I am an assistant professor of geography education, responsible for the development of research-based geography teacher education together with the university lecturers and other teaching personnel at the Department of Geosciences and Geography.

My research deals with human subjectivity, knowledge creation, learning and educational politics, as well as with issues of young people’s participation and spatial justice in the city. I am interested in what counts as knowledge, and how learning takes place with(in) various geographical and ideological landscapes. Inspired by my participatory research on young people’s practices of hanging out, I approach learning as an ongoing and non-linear geographical process that does not begin or end with humans. I use feminist posthuman and non-representational theorisation to study the multiple forces that are at work in the various encounters from which knowing, participation and everyday affective politics emerge. I am particularly interested in the re-organizing power of enchantment, a radical encounter that makes it possible to ontologically re-think the world. I argue that creating “pedagogical spaces of enchantment” in education is critical for transformative encounters and learning in the Anthropocene.

Research fields: children's geographies, feminist geography, geography education, human geography, nonrepresentational geographies

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