Eeva Puumala is a postdoctoral researcher at the Tampere Peace Research Institute, University of Tampere, Finland. Her research interests are related to asylum seekers’ and refugees’ political agency and to the question of political community. Currently, Puumala’s research is divided into two main themes. The first concerns asylum screening interviews and the refugee determination procedure in an interdisciplinary research team. As her second thematic area, Puumala is interested in asylum seekers’ and refugees’ forms of participation and political agency. The thematic areas are both examined from the wider perspective of political community and its formation and re-articulation through mundane practices. Puumala’s research has been published in journals such as Journal of Refugee Studies, International Political Sociology, Body&Society, European Journal of Cultural Studies and Review of International Studies. She has also published a monograph entitled Asylum seekers, sovereignty and the senses of the international: A politico-corporeal struggle (Routledge, 2017) and coauthored the book Choreographies of Resistance: Mobile Bodies and Relational Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).


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