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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Opinion: Western Populism and Global Development/Länsimainen populismi ja kehitysyhteistyö

By Dr Sabaheta Ramcilovic-Suominen, Researcher, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) (Finnish version below) The raise of the right wing movements and the strong nationalistic feelings across the ‘Western World’, are emerging in part out of the fear of the ‘West’ for their position as a global leader. Fear that their ‘wealthy paradise on Earth’ and …

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Experience: The struggle of Civil Society in Laos/Kansalaisyhteiskunnan kamppailu Laosissa

By Dr Sabaheta Ramcilovic-Suominen, Researcher, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) (Finnish version below) When I for the first time found myself in Vientiane, I was searching for the city I had read about. The Vientiane I saw in the pictures and heard of in the stories – a tranquil ‘village’, with calm wide streets and …

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Experience: Doing research in sensitive political contexts: researching forest governance and Civil Society in Laos/Tutkijana Laosissa

By Dr Sabaheta Ramcilovic-Suominen, Researcher, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) (Finnish version below) About a year ago, I started my Academy of Finland funded research on forest politics and governance in Laos. Internationally little is known about Laos. An average internet reader can read little more than repetitive and often contested statements that Laos is …

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