Researcher

I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland (September 2018 to August 2021), and am/have been a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (August 2017 to July 2019) and the University of Helsinki, Finland (short visits during the academic year 2019-2020).

My research examines the national, moral and colonial order of things in Western cultural practices, particularly as these relate to education in a broad sense of the term. My work engages historically, genealogically and philosophically oriented forms of poststructural inquiry, and I am also interested in conversations around inter/transdisciplinary and inter/transnational scholarship.

I am currently working on an ‘alternative curiosity project’ that focuses on a range of entwined and overlapping discourses around education, exploration and travel that, together, contribute to the  making of ‘curious minds’ in the present. I have also continued my inquiries into teacher education – an area of interest that began as a doctoral research project – which provides another window into the ethico-political questions that are central to my work: how knowledge, difference, and notions of social justice figure in historically and culturally specific spaces and places of being, becoming and relationality.

My contention about academic teacher education in Finland is that the presence of research diminishes the possibilities for complicated conversations about education and schooling. However, this is not an argument against research-based teacher education. Rather, I suggest that there is much unexplored potential in the academic space of teacher education for engaging teachers with matters of concern.