Tarja Salmela (D. Soc.Sci, University of Lapland) is an organizational scholar working at the intersection of organization studies, feminist studies, critical animal studies, tourism studies and academic activism. Her work is inspired by feminist new materialism, STS and posthumanist theories. While her PhD project focused on the uncanniness of sleep and dreaming in contemporary society, in her post doc Tarja has taken part in the advancement of more-than-human methodologies in the era of the Anthropocene. As such she has moved towards posthumanist accounts of practices of organizing, connecting her research tighter to her mission in life to advocate animal welfare and to create sustainable practices that enable caring for our planet.
Tarja is also the secretary of board of Finnish Society for Human-Animal Studies and member of a Finnish Critical Animal Studies network, in addition to which she has been engaged with grassroot animal protection movement since age of 17.
When not engaged in research, Tarja commits to her passion for sports both in nature and indoors, and is constantly seeking for new adventures. She is enthusiastic about encouraging people to learn more about veganism and how it supports an active, healthy and adventurous lifestyle.
Tarja’s work has been published in, e.g., Qualitative Inquiry, Culture and Organization and Tourism Geographies.