Suvi Pihkala

Postdoctoral Researcher
Gender studies and feminist research

Values, Ideologies and Social Contexts of Education
Faculty of Education and Psychology

Suvi Pihkala

Dr Suvi Pihkala is a postdoctoral researcher in Gender Studies in the University of Oulu, Finland and a member of the creative and activist FIRE research collective, a transdisciplinary team of researchers that collaborates closely with artists and creative professionals, NGOs, educators, and children to explore and address gendered and sexual injustices in and around education.

Pihkala’s research is inspired by feminist posthuman, new materialist and post-qualitative approaches and the re-thinking of ethics and responsibility they have prompted in and for social research theory and praxis. She conducted her PhD titled Touchable Matters: Reconfiguring Sustainable Change through Participatory Design, Education, and Everyday Engagement for Non-Violence in 2018. In her research she has focused on investigating how new materialisms can be made to matter in the diverse context of participatory, collaborative, socially engaged, arts-based and creative research, design and praxis. Her most recent work has engaged with these questions in creative research with children and young people on gender, sexuality and power in research supported by the Research Council of Finland and University of Oulu spearhead funding in Human Sciences.

Pihkala has worked as Co-Editor-in-Chief for Sukupuolentutkimus-Genusforskning [Finnish Journal of Gender Studies] and has published actively in key journals of her field of expertise, including International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Reconceptualizing Educational Research Methodologies and Journal of Gender Studies. She is co-editor of an edited volume New Materialist Affirmations: Creative Research Interventions in Methods and Practice (Hickey-Moody et al.) forthcoming by Edinburg University Press in 2024.

Research interests

  • Feminist new materialisms
  • Participatory design
  • Ethical sustainability
  • Response-ability
  • Creative methodologies
  • Non-violence

Researcher information

Contact information


Phone number