Tiina Seppälä holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Lapland, where she works as a post-doctoral researcher. Her PhD thesis (2010) dealt with the anti-war movement and theories of global resistance.

She is interested in resistance, activism, social movements, development, displacement, forced migration, ethnography, politics of knowledge, decolonization, postcolonial and subaltern studies, feminist and queer theory, collaborative research methodologies, engaged scholarship and prefigurative epistemologies.

Seppälä has engaged with anti-war/peace movements in Europe, anti-land acquisition and anti-eviction movements in India, and slum activist/women’s rights movements in Nepal and Bangladesh. She has worked as a visiting research fellow at Calcutta Research Group in Kolkata, India, and Nepal Institute of Peace in Kathmandu. She is affiliated with Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit based at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Seppälä’s research project ‘Governance, Resistance and Neoliberal Development: Struggles against Development-Induced Displacement and Forced Evictions in South Asia’ was funded by Academy of Finland (2013–2016). Currently, she works in ‘Journeys through Time and Space: Asylum Seekers in Northern Finland’ research project, funded by Kone Foundation (2016–2018).



Selected publications

Seppälä, Tiina. 2016. Feminizing Resistance, Decolonizing Solidarity: Contesting Neoliberal Development in the Global South. Journal of Resistance Studies, 2(1): 12–47.

Seppälä, Tiina. 2016. Editorial: On Gender, Resistance and Development in South Asia. Refugee Watch: A South Asian Journal on Forced Migration, 47, Special Issue ‘Gender, Resistance and Development in South Asia’.

Motta, Sara C. and Tiina Seppälä. 2016. Editorial: Feminized Resistances. Journal of Resistance Studies, 2(2), Special Issue ‘Feminized Resistances’.

Seppälä, Tiina. 2015/2012. Globalizing Resistance against War: Theories of Resistance and the New Anti-War Movement. London: Routledge. Paperpack 2015/Hardpack 2012.

Seppälä, Tiina. 2014. Biopolitics, Resistance and the Neoliberal Development Paradigm. Journal für Entwicklungspolitik (JEP), Austrian Journal of Development Studies, 30(1): 88–103. Special Issue ‘Rethinking Resistance in Development Studies’.

Seppälä, Tiina. 2012. Globalising Resistance against War? A Critical Analysis of a Theoretical Debate in the Context of the Anti-War Movement. Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies, 5(2012): 5–23. Special Issue ‘Imperialism, Finance, #Occupy’.

Seppälä, Tiina. 2011. A Critical Analysis of a Theoretical Debate on Power of Social Movements: A Case Study of the New Anti-War Movement. Journal of Critical Studies in Business and Society, 2(1–2): 10–29. Special Issue ‘Online and Offline Social Movements: Critical Perspectives’.

Seppälä, Tiina. 2012. (ed.) Taidetta, kulttuurien yhteistyötä ja uusia verkostoja: Pohjoisen kulttuuri-instituutti. Arts, Cultural Collaboration and New Networks: The Institute for Northern Culture. Tornio: Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences. Series B. Reports 10/2012.

Seppälä, Tiina 2010. Globalizing Resistance against War? A Critical Analysis of the Theoretical Debate through a Case Study of the ’New’ Anti-War Movement in Britain. Acta Universitatis Lapponiensis 193. Rovaniemi: Lapland University Press.