Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw is a Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Faculty of Education at Western University, and the co-director of the Pedagogist Network of Ontario and the British Columbia Early Childhood Pedagogies Network. Veronica’s writing and research contribute to the Common Worlds Research Collective, and the Early Childhood Pedagogies Collaboratory
Veronica is currently the principal investigator of the SSHRC Insight Grant Transforming Waste Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education, and the SSHRC Partnership Development Grant Exploring Climate Change Pedagogies with Children. Veronica is the author/co-author of more than 40 peer reviewed articles, and six books, and is a co-editor of the open access Journal of Childhood Studies.
Tatiana Zakharova, MLA, is a playground designer with Canadian design-build playground company Earthscape Play, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. (Curriculum Studies) at the Faculty of Education at Western University (London, Ontario). Working under the supervision of leading ECE scholar Dr. Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Tatiana’s research focuses on the entanglement of pedagogy and design.
In her multidisciplinary work, Tatiana thinks with feminist post-human scholars to trouble the notion of play as a means of progress, imagining instead relationship-attuned play as worlding. Her work is a collaborative experimentation, as it wishes to reimagine play/grounding potentialities in wondering how can we respond, through design, to the question of living [well] together?