Tiina Seppälä holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Lapland. Her PhD thesis (2010) dealt with the anti-war movement and theories of global resistance. She is interested in activism, social movements, development, forced migration, displacement, politics of knowledge, postcolonial and feminist theory, ethnography and engaged scholarship. Recently, she has focused on feminization of resistance, decolonial feminist solidarity, and arts-based research methods.
She has engaged with anti-war movements in Europe, anti-eviction movements in India, and slum activist and women’s rights movements in Nepal and Bangladesh. She has been a visiting scholar at the Calcutta Research Group in India, Nepal Institute of Peace in Kathmandu, and Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit based at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. Her 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).
Currently, she works as a university researcher in 'Rethinking Nordic Democracy: Civil Disobedience in Exceptional Times' research project, funded by the Academy of Finland. She is also a member of the Service Design Research Group CO-STARS at the Faculty of Art and Design.