I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, where I direct the Childhood Place Pedagogy Lab. I am also affiliated faculty in the School of the Environment. My scholarship focuses on reconceptualizing place-based and environmental education within current times of ecological precarity. This scholarship is rooted in perspectives from Indigenous knowledges and Black feminist geographies. My research and pedagogical interests are informed by my experiences growing up in Eswatini and working as a pedagogist with children and educators in North American settler colonial contexts. My research and practice collaborations include the Afro-Diaspora Futures in Education Collective, Tkaronto CIRCLE Lab, the Common Worlds Research Collective, the Early Childhood Pedagogies Collaboratory, the Pedagogist Network of Ontario and Planet Texas 2050. My book, Decolonizing Place in Early Childhood Education (Routledge, 2019) examines the entanglements of place, environmental education, childhood, race, and settler colonialism in early learning contexts.
f.nxumalo [at] utoronto.ca
Dr. Fikile Nxumalo
The University of Toronto
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Dept. of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
252 Bloor St. West
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6