Opinion: Populism, Development, and the Importance of Communication (November 2019)

By Christopher Chagnon, PhD Researcher, University of Helsinki world sees many crises today, but I’d like to focus on the political crises of right-wing populism seeming to grip so much of the Western world. There are in-your-face examples such as the Presidency of Trump in the United States; and the ascendency of Boris Johnson in …

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Opinion: The Opportunity and Importance of Combining Academia and Activism (November 2019)

By Melisa Yasav, Master’s student of Development Studies in Helsinki University While studying international politics in the UK I had barely given any thought to the possibilities of combining academia and activism. During that time I was a member of the university’s human rights society and I remember us never expecting nor getting a thumbs …

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New Publications (November 2019)

Durand, Leticia, Anja Nygren, Anne Cristina de la Vega-Leinert (coords.) (2019) Naturaleza e neoliberalismo en América Latina, Mexico: Universidad Autónoma de México. Includes a chapter by Anja Nygren: “Gobernanza neoliberal de riesgos y vulnerabilidades en acuajes urbanos en México”, pp. 423-465. And by Saila-Maria Saaristo:“Asociaciones de residentes de las favelas: entre represión, violencia y política”, …

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Research Updates (November 2019)

“From Hangami (Temporary) to Permanent Lives: Creating Space for Urban Life Historical Approach in the Aftermath of an Earthquake” Have you wondered how to democratize (if not daring to claim to decolonize), academic knowledge production praxis? Here’s one example: University Lecturer/Academy Fellow Marjaana Jauhola’s ongoing urban ethnographic research of two decades after the 2001 Kutch …

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November 2019 Engagement – EXALT Podcast is out now!

Join hosts Christopher Chagnon and Sophia Hagolani-Albov on the last Friday of every month for an exploration of extractivisms and alternatives. This podcast is part of science popularization and communication of the Global Extractivisms and Alternatives Initiative (EXALT). Our guests will come from academics, activism, and lived experience. The format is a semi-structured conversation between …

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November 2019 Engagement – Policy Dialogue on the Finnish and EU Africa strategies in the making

Policy Dialogue on the Finnish and EU Africa strategies in the making On the 1stof November Finnish Society for Development Research together with the Finnish Development Policy Committee (KPT), Fingo, Development Studies (University of Helsinki), and UniPID, organised a policy dialogue “Financing for Sustainable Development in Africa” at Think Corner, University of Helsinki. The event …

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FSDR Newsletter 2019 Foreword

Hello everyone, and welcome to this first FSDR newsletter (hopefully of many). I would like to begin by thanking everyone who contributed their time, thought, and energy to bringing this together. This is a platform by and for the FSDR members to share, collaborate, and discuss. Though this is perhaps preaching to the choir, development …

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Opinion: Colonisation, globalisation, and refugees

By Dr Sabaheta Ramcilovic-Suominen, Researcher, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) (Finnish version below) “What would have, could have become of Africa if Europeans never colonized it? If there was no colonialism, altering of entire civilizations, destruction of their political and social systems, their cultural dignity and self-worth? What social and political systems and cultural and …

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