Maria Helena Saari

PhD (Education)
Postdoctoral Researcher

Teachers, Teaching and Educational Communities
Faculty of Education

Postdoctoral Researcher in the Academy of Finland funded research project CitiRats-From Citizen Science to Non-Anthropocentric Education (2021-2024). Co-leader of the 'Envisioning Sustainability' Research Hub of the Biodiverse Anthropocenes Research Programme for the academic year 2021-22. I first studied Translation, Media & Spanish (BA Hons) at the University of East Anglia and Translation & Interpreting Studies (MA) at the University of Manchester before pursuing a Master in Animal Law & Society at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

I completed by PhD in the Eudaimonia Institute funded research project AniMate-Multispecies Childhoods in the North (2018-2021). My PhD thesis Animals as stakeholders in education: Towards an educational reform for interspecies sustainability was published in December 2021.

My research interests broadly include:

  • human-animal relations
  • animals in education (policy & pedagogy)
  • animal-inclusive pedagogies (e.g. humane education)
  • environmental education & ecocritical pedagogies
  • educational policy
  • animal law
  • critical animal studies
  • interspecies sustainability & justice

I currently coordinate and teach the courses 'Introduction to Environmental Education', 'Multispecies Childhood Studies - Challenging Anthropocentrism in Education', and 'Master's Thesis Seminar on Multispecies Environmental Research & Sustainability Education'.

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