Anette Mansikka-aho is a doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Education and Culture at Tampere University, Finland. Her main research interests are in the field of environmental education, especially climate education. She approaches climate education from psychological and action research perspectives.
She is researching youth’s sense of agency and their subjective well-being towards climate change. The study is specifically seeking to work directly with the youth to support and study their interests and power in climate activism.
In her research Mansikka-aho wants to twist the usual way we see the educational relationship between generations, which is traditionally seen to happen from the older generation to the younger generation. In her emancipatory action research she will develop tools together with local youth for them to increase adults’ awareness of and capacities to address the problems related to climate change. She studies how the youth’s sense of agency and their subjective well-being will develop during the process.