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Research interests

Tiina Seppälä holds a PhD in International Relations. Her PhD thesis (2010) dealt with the anti-war movement and theories of global resistance.

She works as a university lecturer in Qualitative Research. She has the title of a docent (adjunct professor) of International Development Studies at the University of Jyväskylä.

She is interested in social movements, activism, development, forced migration, displacement, post/decolonial studies, feminist theory, ethnography and engaged scholarship. Recently, she has focused on feminisation of resistance, decolonial feminist solidarity and arts-based research methods.

She has engaged with slum activists and women’s rights movements in Nepal and Bangladesh, anti-eviction movements in India, asylum seekers in Finland and anti-war activists in the UK. Her research project Governance, Resistance and Neoliberal Development: Struggles against Development-Induced Displacement and Forced Evictions in South Asia was funded by the Academy of Finland (2013–2016).

She has been a visiting scholar in India (Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, 2011–2012), Nepal (Nepal Institute of Peace, 2012, 2014, 2020), Bangladesh (Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit based at the University of Dhaka, 2015) and Australia (University of Newcastle, 2019).

She is the author of Globalizing Resistance against War? (Routledge 2012) and co-editor of Arts-Based Methods for Decolonising Participatory Research (Routledge 2021) and Civil Disobedience from Nepal to Norway (Routledge 2022).

She co-coordinates the Global Northern Communities and Societies research unit (with Leena Suopajärvi) and Migration Studies in the Global Arctic research network (with Nafisa Yeasmin) at the Faculty of Social Sciences. She is a member of Service Design Research Group CO-STARS at the Faculty of Art and Design.

Seppälä serves as the vice chair of the Finnish Society for Development Research, and is a council member of the Migration Institute of Finland.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Social Sciences, Political Sciences

Award Date: 24 Nov 2010

External positions

Docent/adjunct professor, University of Jyväskylä

23 Sept 2020 → …

Visiting senior research fellow, Nepal Institute of Peace

1 Jan 202031 Jan 2020

Visiting senior research fellow, University of Newcastle

1 Dec 201931 Dec 2019


5 Oct 201818 Nov 2018


6 Oct 20173 Dec 2017


10 Oct 201620 Nov 2016


29 Feb 201615 Apr 2016

Visiting post-doctoral researcher, University of Dhaka

1 Nov 201521 Dec 2015


22 Jun 201525 Sept 2015

Visiting post-doctoral researcher, Nepal Institute of Peace

15 May 201415 Jul 2014

Book editor, Institute for Northern Culture

15 Oct 201230 Nov 2012

Visiting post-doctoral researcher, Nepal Institute of Peace

1 Apr 201230 Jun 2012

Visiting post-doctoral researcher, Mahanirban Calcutta Reseach Group

1 Oct 201131 Mar 2012

Field of science

  • International political science
  • Multidisciplinary


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