Hi, my name is Kari Gustafson. I am a PhD candidate in Educational Theory and Practice, Philosophy of Education stream. Before coming to Canada in 2017 to work on my PhD, I worked as a social pedagogue, and then as a lecturer in Nordic pedagogy and childhood for study abroad students, in Copenhagen, Denmark.
My research area is neurodiversity and disability. In my doctoral studies, I am working on a post-qualitative inquiry in roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). I am interested in how they inform ideas of movement, process and becoming in the area of education and special education, and how this might challenge existing structures. Recently, I have been teaching in the Child and Youth Care program at Douglas College. I have experimented with developing a roleplaying game-based syllabus, where students choose and design their own learning “quests,” which encourages students to re-imagine their relationship to their own learning and educational trajectories.
I am very excited to join the team at the research hub, and continue the exciting and important work being done to create community and mobilize student knowledge and perspectives!