Jonna Håkansson

Doctoral Student

Unit for General Didactics and Pedagogic
Visiting address
Läroverksgatan 15
41120 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 300
40530 Göteborg

About Jonna Håkansson

I am a PhD Student in Subject Matter Education within Education for Sustainable Development at IDPP. My research field consists of Critical Animal Studies and Critical Animal Pedagogy. Focus is on critically addressing human-animal relations, and to explore what these relations make possible (and impossible). I am especially interested in becomings through encounters, and how oppression towards human and nonhuman animals intersect.

I have a background in Gender Studies, and a MA degree in Gender Studies from University of Gothenburg (2018), and am especially interested in theoretical points of departure with connection to feminist theory. I am interested in intersectionality, decolonial feminism, feminist affect theory, as well as posthumanism.


My research project is carried out within the field of critical education research, and consists of an action research project where collaboration between high schools, universities, and social movements is explored as a path forward in developing and implementing Critical Animal pedagogy (CAP) within Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The project consists of two integrated case studies:

(a) a collaborative focus group study with high school teachers, representatives from university, and activists engaged in issues connected to CAP within ESD, that will discuss and develop pedagogical practices in CAP, and;

(b) a study of what happens when these pedagogical practices are implemented within ESD in high schools, year 1-3.

Theoretically the project is anchored in feminist and critical theory, more precisely critical animal studies, intersectionality, feminist affect theory, and posthumanism. The project explores possibilities and obstacles in relation to education and learning connected to ESD by carrying out critical in-depth studies of how CAP can be implemented within ESD at high school level.


I am one of the initiators to the cross-disciplinary network GU-CAS: Gothenburg University’s Network for Critical Animal Studies in the Anthropocene. GU-CAS puts human-animal relations at the center in exploring novel approaches to environmental problems, social injustice and climate change.