Tuomo Alhojarvi

Postdoctoral Researcher
School of Humanities, Finnish Language and Cultural Research
University of Eastern Finland


PhD University of Oulu 2021
MSc Lund University 2012
BSc University of Helsinki 2010

Research Interests

My work is situated within feminist economic geography, critical social and spatial theory, and diverse forms of activism and social movements. I'm interested in anything and everything that seeks to build 'other worlds' in an age of ecological collapse and social unraveling. In my PhD For Postcapitalist Studies: Inheriting Futures of Space and Economy (2021), I collided the work of J.K. Gibson-Graham and Jacques Derrida to explore how constitutive inheritances are identified and negotiated in postcapitalist discourses, theories and practices. I'm particularly interested in exploring community-economic praxis as a type of critical theory and as both a prolific source and an object of critical examination. This rethinking of critique in and for community economies is what I nickname 'postcapitalist studies'. My empirical work on postcapitalist practices spans from counter-cartography to financial hacktivism and from political translations of economic vocabulary to conceptual debates on 'postcapitalism'. 

In 2021, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oulu, Finland, in Johanna Sitomaniemi-San's project “'This doesn’t concern me:' Distance, relationality and responsibility amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic" funded by the Academy of Finland. With Johanna, we studied questions of collective learning, care and interconnectedness, seeking to understand how pandemic space is constituted as an interplay of inclusion and exclusion, nearness and distance, knowledge and ignorance.

As of September 2022, I will be based at the University of Eastern Finland, working on a Kone Foundation funded project on economies after ownership and private property. More info soon.