Kirsi Pauliina Kallio
Professor of Environmental Pedagogy | Faculty of Education and Culture | Tampere University

Current research projects:  The Politics of Embodied Encounters in Asylum Seeking (POEMS, Academy of Finland, 2021-2025), Urban Cycling Citizen Science (ECIU SMART-ER, 2022-2023), The civic potential of climate mobility (HUMANE–CLIMATE, Academy of Finland, 2022-2026)

“My research interests form around the human subject as a constantly developing political being with capacities to act, and relational political space that actualizes contextually in the form of communities and societies with various scalar dimensions. My current interdisciplinary work focuses on refugeeness (as an experienced condition), humanitarian border (as a topological constellation), relational age (from the perspective of youthful political agency and intersubjective spatial socialization) and lived citizenship (in the city-regional scale and as environmental agency). I am also actively involved in development projects where the perspective of Positive Recognition, based on co-creative research, is put into practice and further developed in different professional context. I edit the geographical journal Fennia, an open access peer review publication by the Geographical Society of Finland. The journal is affiliated with the Versus forum that publishes popular research-inspired articles and discussions. I also edit the book reviews section in the journal Space & Polity.”


Essi Aarnio-Linnanvuori
University Lecturer of Environmental Pedagogy | Faculty of Education and Culture | Tampere University

Current research project:  Challenging the Climate Crisis: Children’s Agency to Tackle Policy Underpinned by Learning for Transformation (CCC-CATAPULT), The civic potential of climate mobility (HUMANE–CLIMATE)

“Essi Aarnio-Linnanvuori, Ph.D. (environmental change and policy) is a university lecturer at Tampere University, and an experienced environmental and climate change education expert. In her research, her long-term interest is to develop environmental education that is interdisciplinary, holistic, and considerate of identity, values, and worldview of the learner. Currently, she is involved in the international research project CCC-CATAPULT that examines children’s climate agency, value-action gap and means to exceed the gap. She works as a responsible researcher for the empirical study in Finland, including PAR research with young people and their teachers. In the consortium, she is actively involved in developing conceptual framework, empirical research, and communication. In addition, Essi is a member of the steering group of the interdisciplinary research network SIRENE. Essi defended her Ph.D. at the University of Helsinki in 2018. Before joining Tampere University in 2021, she worked as a senior education officer at WWF Finland.”

Inkeri Rissanen
Academy Postdoctoral Researcher | Faculty of Education and Culture | University of Tampere

Current research project: Challenging the Climate Crisis: Children’s Agency to Tackle Policy Underpinned by Learning for Transformation (CCC-CATAPULT)| Implicit theories of malleability as the core of teachers’ intercultural competence (CORE), The civic potential of climate mobility (HUMANE–CLIMATE)

“My main research areas are intercultural education, religious and worldview education and school pedagogy. Currently I am particularly interested in developing a (social)psychology approach to social justice and equity focused intercultural education: CORE explores how teachers’ implicit beliefs of the malleability of individuals, groups and cultures shape their pedagogical thinking and practice. Malleability beliefs are among the factors that are also investigated in CCC-CATAPULT, an European consortium which researches young people’s climate agency, and endeavors to develop culturally responsive and worldview aware approaches to climate education. I co-lead the research group Multiculturalism, Transnationalism and Transformation in Education together with Mervi Kaukko; research in this group is focused at questions of diversity, equity and education in individual, collective, institutional and societal level.”  


Jani Pulkki
Post doc researcher | Tampere University | Faculty of Education and Culture 
Associate professor (=docent) | Social pedagogy, especially in ecosocial philosophy of education | University of Eastern Finland 

Current research project: Ecosocial Philosophy of Education (2019-2022 Kone Foundation)

“My research interest stem from different philosophical perspectives to education in general and especially to environmental education. The issues of educational philosopher are broad, and they change in times and places, but they always involve thinking and human consciousness. All education requires thinking and planning, and as an educational philosopher I am interested in how to think wisely about education related questions. Today’s philosophical challenges are much the same as 2000 years ago: what is good human, what is good society, how should we live, and what is right and wrong? In the twentieth first century all these questions are contextualized by the eco-crises that challenge us to reinvent what is good life, human being and environmental citizenship. In my current research project on Ecosocial philosophy of education I rethink educational ideas from an ecosocial perspective. Ecosocial approach means thinking about solving the intertwined ecological and social phenomena in tandem. So, I rethink what is human being as an individual and what does the process of becoming and individual entail (ecoindividualization). I also wonder what are opinions, what might ecosocial virtue-ethics mean, and how should we interpret the idea of autonomy in education. In short, in Ecosocial philosophy of education -project I try to formulate educational concept that does not reproduce ecosocial problems but participate in solving them.” 

Additional links: Poised-research group page | Publications at Researchgate 


Johanna Kallio
Grant Researcher | Faculty of Education and Culture | Tampere University

Current research project: EnAct – Researching Environmental Activism and Self-Cultivation (Kone Foundation, 2020–2023)

“My main research interest are philosophy of education, theories of self-cultivation, and feminist theories in education especially from environmental perspectives. Currently I am working with my educational theoretic PhD research in which I am forming adult educational pedagogical model of biophilic self-cultivation. I am a grant researcher in Kone Foundation funded EnAct-project along with project leader Antti Saari and researcher Jan Varpanen. In EnAct we are studying the self-cultivational methods of coping with the devastating knowledge of the current state of eco crises among environmental activists. I was specially in charge of the project part in Tampere Arts-Oriented Secondary School during 2020–2021. This collaboration eventually formed into an exhibition Kadonneet vuodenajat (Lost seasons) in collaboration with Nuorten kulttuurikeskus Monitoimitalo 13. Exhibition was open from September to October 2021 and it reached over 500 visitors.

I’ve been a substitute board member in The Finnish Society for Research on Adult Education in 2020–2023. I am also an active founding member of POISED – Political Philosophies and Sociologies of Education research group”.


Anette Mansikka-Aho
Researcher | Faculty of Education and Culture | Tampere University

Current research project: Challenging the Climate Crisis: Children’s Agency to Tackle Policy Underpinned by Learning for Transformation (CCC-CATAPULT)

“My key interests in research are in the field of climate education, especially the intergenerational aspects around this phenomena. I am currently working in the CCC-CATAPULT project, which is an European consortium. The project involves young people as researchers working with academics to examine young people’s experiences of and learning around the climate crisis. My responsibility in the project is to coordinate the youth group in a Finnish location. In the consortium I am writing my dissertation. In my dissertation I focus on challenging the universal educational relationship between the generations, where traditionally the older generation teaches the younger generation. I am also a member of POISED – Political Philosophies and Sociologies of Education research group.”


A bearded young man.Pasi Takkinen
Doctoral student in educational philosophy | Faculty of Education and Culture | Tampere University

Current research project: Doctoral thesis on education, post-sustainability and technology (2020 – 2025, Maj & Tor Nessling foundation)

“My research interest focuses on the question of how this era of the Anthropocene and environmental crises affects the prospects of education. Especially, should we already be discussing post-sustainability rather than sustainable development goals (SDG)? Also, could it be that one factor challengingsustainability efforts is the human-technology -relation? This question has stayed with me since I read Veli-Matti Värri’s book ’Kasvatus ekokriisin aikakaudella’ (2018) (engl. ’Education in the Era of the Ecological Crisis’), in which he portrays how in our culture technology is at the same time both trusted on and unreflected. So while environmental- and sustainability educators ask: ‘How should we live with the nature and living environments?’ one should also ask: ‘How should we live with technology and built environments?’. Here I see the opportunity to contribute educational thinking with understanding from the philosophy of technology.

I am also a member of CreditEd-network.”

A shorthaired man wearing a colourful bugpatterned shirt.Miki Mäkelä
Researcher | Faculty of Education and Culture | Tampere University

Current research project: Urban Cycling Citizen Science (ECIU SMART-ER, 2022–2023)

I am a Master of Administrative Sciences with a special interest in human geography, regional science and environmental policy. As a researcher, I am particularly interested in urban planning, participation, agency and citizen science, and the concepts of space and place. I am currently working on the ECIU-SMARTER research pilot, a European collaborative project exploring the potential of citizen science in the development of urban cycling. My job description includes stakeholder collaboration, data collection and co-development.

I am also part of the SPARG research team.”


A young woman looking up. In the backround there are hills and trees.

Gintarė Kudžmaitė


Postdoctoral Research Fellow | Faculty of Management and Business | Tampere University

Current research projects: The Politics of Embodied Encounters in Asylum Seeking (POEMS), The Civic Potential of Climate Mobility (HUMANE–CLIMATE)
“My research focuses on migration and borders, and their social, historic, ethnolinguistic, socioeconomic and political aspects. Within the POEMS project, I analyse European policy documents, inquiring into the rhetoric of the EU and the portrayals of migrants within the EU’s political agendas on migration and asylum. In the HUMANE-CLIMATE research, I am also responsible for the policy analysis, looking at the European documents and strategies related to climate mobility. I investigate the (embodied) encounters between the European migratory regimes and migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, and ask whether migrants can retain their agency within these contexts. In my past and present research, I have been also particularly engaged with the question of how hegemonic (state) migration and border narratives are met (challenged and questioned, but also sometimes accepted and appropriated) by those with lived experiences of moving and settling across borders. 
I am also part of the SPARG research group.”

A redhaired woman standing on a pier. You can see ships and water on the background.Aila Spathopoulou


Assistant Professor (Research)| Department of Geography |Durham University, UK.

Current research projects: Bordering and governmentality around the Greek islands, Refugee or Return: Changing spatio-temporalities of European refugee asylum, The Civic Potential of Climate Mobility (HUMANE–CLIMATE)

“I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Geography at the department of geography at Durham University working on issues of borders and processes of bordering, geographies of asylum, detention and return and creative methodologies. I completed my PhD in 2019 at the department of Geography at King’s College University of London and have held research postdocs at the department of Politics and International Relations at Goldsmiths University of London and Space and Political Agency Group at Tampere University (visiting researcher). I am, also, co-coordinator of the Mobility: Borders and Migration Research Area at the Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research in Athens.

My research interests are oriented around five main areas: 1) Processes of bordering: The way in which the border shapes subjectivities, how we relate to one another and to our own self. The interlinks between border violence, addiction, self-harm and abuse. How border violence draws on scripts of gendered violence. 2) ‘Floating hotspots’: How ferries, ships, boats are used within ‘migration management’ (reception, asylum, detention and deportation procedures) across Europe (Greece and Estonia) and Scotland (UK). 3) Politics of refusals and location. 4) Decolonial education. 5) Feminist methodologies, creative methods, the use of fiction and auto-ethnography as a methodological approach.”

Nicholas Haswell


Researcher | Faculty of Education and Culture | Tampere University

Current research projects: Drawing Together: Relational Wellbeing in the lives of young refugees in Finland, Norway and the UK

“Nick Haswell works as a researcher at Tampere University, working on several projects concerning the education and wellbeing of children and adults with refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds. As an experienced artist and trained art teacher, he is interested in the ways that expressive arts and story-making can be used in research contexts. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Tampere University with the aim to investigate the nexus between wellbeing and environmental relations in the lives of young refugees in Finland, Norway and Scotland. In addition to research activities, Nick co-runs a creative working group, We Who Smile, which organises art projects for children in reception centres around the Finland (We Who Smile website).”

A smiling brownhaired woman. There are trees and mountains behind her.Nefeli Baminefniki(at)

Researcher | Faculty of Education and Culture | Tampere University

Current research projects: The Civic Potential of Climate Mobility (HUMANE–CLIMATE)
I am a social anthropologist sharing my professional life between humanitarian work and academic research. I have worked with several organizations in refugee camps in Greece on the field of community based protection and in grassroots projects with adults and children of refugee background. My main research areas are humanitarian bordering, intercultural encounters,humanitarian mediation, processes of community building, intercultural education and art therapy.”