Maria Helena Saari
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of Education where I work in the Academy of Finland funded research project CitiRats-From Citizen Science to Non-Anthropocentric Education and the GINTL Project ‘Co-Designing Relevant & Responsive Teacher Education’ between University of Oulu & University of Namibia. I am currently a Visiting Scholar at the Human-Animal Studies Hub at the University of Lisbon where she is PI of the project Multispecies Climate Change Education.
I am Co-Leader of the Envisioning Sustainability Research Hub of the Biodiverse Anthropocenes Research Program and Chair of the Finnish Critical Animal Studies Network (CASFinland). I co-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'. Prior to my research career, I worked in the field of education in teaching and leadership roles.
My research interests broadly include:
- animals in education (policy & pedagogy)
- animal-inclusive pedagogies (e.g. humane education)
- teacher education
- environmental education & ecocritical pedagogies
- educational policy
- animal law
- critical animal studies
- multispecies sustainability & justice