Author Archives: Noora Isomäki

Book session: Towards Radical Alternatives

Worldwide, there is a search for radical, systemic alternatives to dominant structures of inequity, injustice, and unsustainability which have created multiple global crises. Two recent books are part of this search, providing cases, examples, concepts, and worldviews from across the … Continue reading

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Working Group 12: Adaptive Handprints and trandisciplinarity

Chairs: Saija Hollmén (Aalto ARTS), Matleena Muhonen (Aalto ENG) ADAPTIVE HANDPRINTS working group will presents ongoing trans-disciplinary research and education programmes coordinated by WiTLAB at Aalto University. Topics include case studies and projects on environmental, social and cultural sustainability, cultural … Continue reading

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Working Group 11: Transitions in education and employment

Chair: Mikko Ylikangas, PhD. Academy of Finland Research Council for Culture and Society (mikko.ylikangas@aka.fi) Theory and practice of learning to be a citizen: Experiences from Tanzania and Uganda: Tiina Kontinen, University of Jyväskylä and Katariina Holma, University of Oulu. This … Continue reading

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Working Group 10: New Civil Society Spaces and their Limits in the Global South

Chairs: Eija Ranta, University of Helsinki (eija.ranta@helsinki.fi) Wolfram Schaffar (wolfram.schaffar@gmx.de) Tiina Kontinen, University of Jyväskylä (tiina.t.kontinen@jyu.fi) Citizens’ activism and civil society spaces are increasingly challenged, and the limits of liberal democracy are tested in many parts of the world. Restricting … Continue reading

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Working Group 9: Global Citizenship in Development and Education

Chair: Sanna Rekola, Global Education Adviser of Fingo ry; and Jaana Viirimäki. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) of the United Nations and goal 4.7 explicitly demand that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, … Continue reading

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Working Group 8: Towards locally derived and locally meaningful development goals

Chairs: Pekka Sepälä, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (pekka.seppala@formin.fi), Sabaheta Ramcilovik-Suominen, Natural Resources Institute Finland (sabaheta.ramcilovik-suominen@luke.fi), Giles Mohan, Open University There is a widely shared view that development policy and development cooperation should be adapted to the local political and cultural … Continue reading

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Working Group 6: Design Research, Knowledge Systems and Policy-Making

Chairs: Deepta Sateesh Senior Adviser, FLEDGE Faculty/Researcher, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology (deeptasateesh@gmail.com) Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati, Chairman, FLEDGE (pisupatibalakrishna@gmail.com) Biodiversity loss, climate change, water scarcity, land degradation and the related problems that each one of us (activists and … Continue reading

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Working Group 5: A Global Confluence of Alternatives to Development

Chairs: Ashish Kothari (chikikothari@gmail.com) Aili Pyhälä, University of Helsinki (aili.pyhala@helsinki.fi) Aims, focus and content of the working group: Across the world, movements of resistance against the dominant, ecologically destructive, and socially inequitable model of ‘development’ are arising. Many are questioning … Continue reading

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Working Group 4: Re-Thinking, Re-defining, Re-positioning: “Development” and the Question of “Alternatives”

Chairs: Kristina Simion, The Australian National University, (kristina.simion@anu.edu.au)Paola Minoia, University of Helsinki, (paola.minoia@helsinki.fi)Julia Schöneberg, EADI and University of Kassel, (julia.schoeneberg@posteo.de).  Critiques of development of the last three decades have clearly pinpointed the many flaws in the way development is theorised … Continue reading

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Working Group 3: Global social policy: Critical perspectives on the theory and practice of global social policy diffusion

Chair: Dr Olga Ulybina, Marie Curie Research Fellow, University of Tampere (olga.ulybina@uta.fi) With an unprecedented speed, countries around the world adopt similar social policies. Global policy diffusion scholars have extensively analysed transnational transfers of economic and governance policies, cross-border promotion … Continue reading

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Working Group 2: Governing through crisis: (dis)continuities in actors and epistemologies of development

Chairs: Eija Meriläinen, Hanken (eija.merilainen@hanken.fi), Corresponding chair Linda Annala Martin Fougère Nikodemus Solitander Yewondwossen Tesfaye Virva Tuomala CCR – Centre for Corporate Responsibility CCR is a joint Research and Development Institute between Hanken School of Economics and University of Helsinki … Continue reading

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Working Group 1: Is the truth out there for us to show? Reflecting on epistemologies and ontologies in development research.

Chairs: Minna Hakkarainen, University of Helsinki (minna.hakkarainen@helsinki.fi) Henni Alava, University of Jyväskylä (henni.l.alava@jyu.fi). As a field of research, Development Studies is commonly expected to produce authoritative knowledge – a “true” account of the problems affecting the world, and, based on … Continue reading

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