The researchers of the DEMOPOL project have their backgrounds in the fields of education, philosophy and political philosophy. All researchers of the project are affiliated with the University of Helsinki.
Anniina Leiviskä (PhD, Education) works as a university lecturer at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on theories of democracy and global justice and democratic and global citizenship education. In her research, Leiviskä has particularly addressed issues related to the normative foundations of democratic education, the different understandings of “the political” in theories of democracy, and the relationship between education and the current political phenomena of contemporary democracies, including political polarisation and identity politics. Leiviskä’s current work continues the line of research of her Academy of Finland funded postdoctoral research project, “Democracy, Education and the Challenge of Inclusion: Reconstructing a Theory of Citizenship Education for Contemporary Democracies” (2017–2020). In addition to research, Leiviskä has taught various courses at the University of Helsinki on philosophy of education, philosophy of educational research and the social and cultural contexts of education. Leiviskä is the principal investigator (PI) of the DEMOPOL-project.
Tarna Kannisto (M.Soc.Sci, Philosophy) is a PhD candidate in the Doctoral Programme of Philosophy, Arts, and Society, University of Helsinki) whose research examines how the notion of justice should be interpreted within educational institutions that intersect various public and private interests and societal spheres. Kannisto has specialized in political philosophy, philosophy of education and social ontology with special interest in gender equality, children’s rights, and justice in social institutions. Kannisto is also an experienced teacher of Philosophy and Ethics, pedagogy and didactics, critical thinking, social organization and decision-making who has taught various Bachelor and Master courses in social sciences and education. Prior to academia Kannisto has taught at professional, high and middle school, community college, vocational, as well as in various NGO and grassroot settings.
Iida Pyy (MA) is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki. Her research addresses the expanding discussion on the relevance of political emotions in democratic politics and education. In her doctoral dissertation, Pyy focuses on Martha Nussbaum’s political philosophy in the context of education. Prior to research, Pyy has worked as a bilingual classroom teacher, as a special education classroom teacher and as a trainer for UNICEF Finland. Pyy’s research interests include education for social justice, philosophy of education, qualitative methodology, human rights education, and the Capabilities Approach. Pyy is currently teaching on two Master's level courses, Social Justice and Diversities in Education, and Qualitative Research Approach II.
Tuija Kasa (M.Soc.Sci, Philosophy) is a PhD candidate in the School, Education, Society and Culture Doctoral Programme at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki. She has subject teacher qualification in philosophy, psychology and secular ethics and has specialized in moral philosophy. Her PhD focuses on human rights education from multidisciplinary perspective combining critical theories, human rights law, educational sciences and moral philosophy. She is interested in ethics, philosophy of education, human rights research and ways of deconstructing inequalities in education. Kasa has diverse working experience in the field of human rights education in co-operation with non-governmental organizations, governmental organizations and universities.
Ivan Zamotkin (MA) is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki. His research intersects philosophy of education, anarchism and poststructural philosophy. In his dissertation he particularly addresses the possibility of philosophical reclaiming of education from a critical, anarchist-inspired perspective. Additionally, the research includes theoretical engagement and justification of current political activism practices in education. His research interests include the history and contemporary currents in informal democratic education, prefigurative practices, and theories of radical democracy. Zamotkin completed his master's studies in Philosophy at Moscow State University and is engaged in the philosophy of education community internationally, including the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB).