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Tanja Tajmel

Associate Professor, Centre for Engineering in Society

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Tanja Tajmel
Office: S-EV 2247 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5982

Tanja Tajmel studied Physics (BSc), Meteorology (BSc) and Philosophy (BA) at the Graz University of Technology and the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria as well as the University of Padova, Italy. She received a Master in Physics Education and in Philosophy Education from Karl-Franzens University in Graz and a PhD in Physics Didactics from Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany. For many years, she was instructing student teachers at Humboldt-University Berlin and was training language awareness for STEM teachers in Germany, Austria and Italy. Before joining Concordia University in 2018, she was Professor at the University of Education Upper Austria.


ENCS 691 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in STEM (Fall 2019)
INDI 898 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in STEM (Summer Instiute 2019)
ENGR 392 Impact of Engineering on Society (Winter 2019)
ENGR 201 Professional Practice and Responsibility (Fall 2018)


Tanja Tajmel is an interdisciplinary scholar with a broad research and teaching portfolio. Her main interest lies in investigating the politics of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and how STEM education and STEM discourses contribute to social (in)equality. She studied linguistic barriers for second language learners in the science classroom and examined the 'diversity'-discourse in the context of STEM education in Germany from a postcolonial perspective. Tajmel found that the discourse supports binary thinking and 'othering' of migrants and that neoliberal arguments feed this discourse. Currently she is investigating the ignorance of colonialism in contemporary science and STEM education. She promotes a hegemony-critical attitude towards STEM education and is a long-time advocate for the human right to STEM education.

Tri-Agency New Frontiers in Research Fund - Exploration: "Decolonizing Light - Tracing and Countering Colonialism in Contemporary Physics" ($163,567)
Principal Investigator: Dr. Tanja Tajmel
Co-Investigators: Dr. Louellyn White, Dr. Ingo Salzmann


Canadian Federation of Business School Deans: "Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Intersection of STEM and Business Management in Canadian Higher Education" ($11,500)
Principal Investigators: Dr. Stefanie Ruel, Dr. Tanja Tajmel


Tanja Tajmel is publishing in English and German. Apart from scientific papers and editions she published textbooks for secondary school STEM education and for teacher trainings.


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Graduate students

Tatiana Gladcheff Zanon Spina (PhD student)

Research Assistants

Élise Ross-Nadié (Project "Decolonizing Light")

Prospective students

If you are interested in decolonizing science and working in our interdisciplinary team, please contact me. I have funding for Research Assistant positions for the following research projects:

·      Cultural ideas about light in Indigenous knowledges and philosophies (Principal supervisor: Dr. Louellyn White)

·      The concept of light in the history of science through a decolonial lens

·      Scientists’ views on colonialism in science

If you have your own research idea in the context of Decolonizing Light, please send your proposal title, research question, an abstract (200 words) and your CV to

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