Anette Mansikka-aho is a doctoral researcher (M.Ed.) in the Faculty of Education and Culture at Tampere University, Finland. Her main research interests are in the field of environmental education, especially in climate education. She approaches climate education from psychological and action research perspectives.
She researches youth’s sense of agency and their subjective well-being towards climate change. Her study seeks to work directly with the youth to support and study their interests and power in climate activism.
Mansikka-aho’s study focuses on challenging the universal educational relationship between the generations, where traditionally older generation teaches the younger generation. In her emancipatory action research she develops tools together with the local youth for them to increase adults’ awareness of climate change and their capacities to address it. Additionally she studies how the youth’s sense of agency and their subjective well-being will develop during the process.