We are facing uncertainties regarding the format of the conference due to the worsening Covid situation. We are awaiting updated instructions from the University of Helsinki and expect to make final decisions by the 17th or very latest by the 24th of January. Should the conference be moved online, there will be changes in the programme to make it work across different time zones.


Preliminary Programme

Wednesday, 16 February  

09:00–12:00 Master’s Workshop
Conveners: Tuija Veintie, Saana Hokkanen, Omotomilola Ikotun
Coordinator: Meeri Tiensuu
Venue: University if Helsinki

13:3016:30 DocShop 2022: The arts of academic publishing
Convener: Prof. Anja Nygren,
Speakers: Prof. Timothy Oakes, Assoc Prof. Nikhil Anand
Venue: University of Helsinki
Co-organised by UniPID, FSDR and PSRC Doctoral Programme, University of Helsinki

16:45–18:30 Annual Meeting of FSDR
Venue: University of Helsinki


Thursday, 17 February

08:30–09:30 Conference registration

09:30–10:15 Opening ceremony 
Welcoming words, Opening speech, Artistic performance (Sanna Komi)

10:15–11:05 Keynote I: Prof Tania Li:
‘Infrastructural Violence in Indonesia’s Oil-Palm Plantation Zone’

11:05–11:25 Q & A / Open discussion

11:25–12:15 Keynote II: Prof. Timothy Oakes:
‘Cities just out of reach: infrastructures of post-urbanism in China’

12:15–12:35 Q & A / Open discussion

12:35–14:00 Lunch break

14:00–15:30 Parallel sessions I (Working groups and panels)

15:30–16:00 Coffee break

16:00–17:30 Parallel sessions II

18:00–19:00 Global Development City Walk
Organised by Marjaana Jauhola (University of Helsinki)

19:15-20.15 Reception held by the City of Helsinki
Venue: City Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13 
UniPID-FSDR: Development Research MA Award presented by Liisa Laakso and short speech by the winner of the Development Research MA Award


Friday, 18 February 

09:00–09:15 Opening words 

09:15–10:00 Keynote III: Nikhil Anand: 
‘Politics of infrastructure and the future of coastal cities’

10:00–10:20 Q & A / Open discussion

10:30–12:00 Parallel sessions III

12:00–13:30 Lunch break

13:30–15:00 Parallel sessions IV

15:00–15:15 Coffee break

15:15–16:00/16:15 Final plenary session – Panel discussion
‘Moving Beyond Extractive Infrastructures: Fossil fuels in focus’ 
Panelists: TBC

16:15–16:30 Closing ceremony

16:30– Free get-together (Juttutupa)


Parallel Working Groups and Panels

1. The Encroachments of Big Tech and Datafication: Extractivism and Resistance

2. Urban infrastructure as key to achieving SDG 11: conditions, experiences and perspectives from the Global South

3. Sites of despair – sites of care: feminist analyses of global supply chains as transformative practice in development?

4. Energy systems in the colonial continuum: decolonizing energy research in sub-Saharan Africa.

5. Forests, politics and the infrastructures of inequality

7. Social and ecological responsibility of digital technology

8. Infrastructuring environments and the politics of vulnerability

9. What do we do with the Master’s Tools – Is European Union Environmental Policy Ready to Decolonize?

10. Infrastructures of research: Towards equitable and responsible north-south collaborations

12. Putting the win-win narrative to test: Vulnerabilities and power relations in China’s engagement in the global south

14. New, critical research on global development

15.  Exploring our moment: How do we apply new science and technology?

16. Roundtable: No peace without development – No development without peace

Other sessions:

Special Panel: Development and Infrastructures in Academy Programme DEVELOP

Book launch: Responsibilization in Natural Resource Governance