The December EXALT Podcast with Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes is out now! (Listen below)

This podcast we speak with Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes, postdoctoral researcher from Hanken School of Economics comes on the podcast to take a deep dive into the pluriverse and how she has explored this concept in her research. This conversation covers ideas of decoloniality, degrowth, and turning a critical eye to some of the established notions of …

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Upcoming Opportunities (December 2019)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Anthropocenes – Human, Inhuman, Posthuman (New journal publishing from January 2020) Anthropocenes engages our contemporary epoch of the Anthropocene on the basis that its importance goes far beyond the popular and scientific concerns of global warming and climate change. As well as new problems, the Anthropocene offers new opportunities: questioning and disrupting …

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December 2019 Engagement

University of Helsinki Confucius Institute Hosts Seminar on China-Africa Engagement On December 2, the University of Helsinki Confucius institute hosted a seminar on Chinese engagement in Africa. The presenters were Christopher Chagnon, PhD researcher at UH Development Studies, and Destiny Chen, PhD researcher at UNU WIDER and SOAS. Christopher presented about the history of Chinese …

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Research Update (December 2019)

AWARD: Dr. Özlem Celik Dr. Özlem Celik is awarded with Liverpool University Press 2019 Outstanding Peer Reviewer for her service to International Development Planning Review Journal.

New Publications (December 2019)

Celik, Özlem. 2020. AKP’s income-differentiated housing strategies under the pressure of resistance and debt, in Turkey’s New State in the Making: Transformations in Legality, Economy, Ideology and Coercion, Bedirhanoglu, P., C. Dolek, F. Hulagu and O. Kaygusuz (Eds.), London: ZED.(in press) Coates, Robert and Nygren, Anja. 2020. Urban floods, clientelism, and the political ecology of …

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Opinion: Looking back on the 2010s – a decade of remarkable change and upheaval (December 2019)

By Christopher Chagnon, PhD Researcher, University of Helsinki As we feel looking back every year, 2019 was an eventful one. Beyond that, it represents the end of a remarkable decade (though, again, there are likely few decades that people would label as “unremarkable”), especially looking at the twists and turns of the preceding decades. To …

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

By Christopher Chagnon, PhD Researcher, University of Helsinki Our 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 …

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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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