Kaija is a candidate for a Masters of Science in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management (EPSM) program at The New School studying the political economy of food politics in urban ecologies. Her projects and research surround the topics of food sovereignty, community agriculture, cooperatives, indigenous food forest management, and decolonial land practices.
She is a farmer at the rooftop farm Brooklyn Grange and is the EPSM Research Assistant for Faculty Chair Leonardo E. Figueroa Helland, PhD. She is also pursuing a graduate minor in Capitalism Studies at the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies.
 Through all her work and research Kaija finds connection through principles of horizontalism and self determination.