Dr. 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.
Seppälä is one of the three co-founders of the research collective Bordering Actors (2014). 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, engaged scholarship, prefigurative epistemologies and collaborative research methodologies. In her recent work, she has focused on feminization of resistance, decolonial feminist solidarity and co-production of knowledge together with research participants.
Seppälä has engaged with anti-war and peace movements in Europe, anti-land grabbing and anti-eviction movements in India, and slum activist and women's rights movements in Nepal and Bangladesh. She has worked as 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 the Academy of Finland (2013–2016). Currently, she works as senior researcher in the Service Design Research Group at the Faculty of Art and Design.