Master's Award in Development Studies to Antti Tarvainen

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Antti Tarvainen from University of Helsinki has been awarded the 2017 Master's Award in Development Studies, handed out by UniPID and Finnish Society for Development Research. Tarvainen's thesis in development studies, titled "I, Post-Palestinian Entrepreneur" Transformations of subalternity in the "start-up nation" of Israel, received praise from the committee for the timeliness and relevance of the topic, the handling of which was based on a solid and well justified theoretical foundation.

UniPID and the Finnish Society for Development Research received 21 submissions competing for this year's Master's Award in Development Studies. Five of these theses were chosen and forwarded to the emeritus committee, who made the final decisions on the theses to be awarded.

The emeritus committee who made the decision on the award consistent of four members: Ullamaija Kivikuru, Olavi Luukkanen, Rauni Räsänen and Juhani Koponen. Preliminary selection committee included members from both FSDR and UniPID, and represented a variety of disciplines for a fair and unbiased process.

In addition to Tarvainen, the committee decided to hand out two honorable mentions, one to Veera Virmasalo from University of Jyväskylä for her thesis in journalism Inspiring elite action for a more just society? : media framing of elite social responsibility in an unequal, unconsolidated democracy : a case study from Namibia. The other honorable mention was awarded to Jymy Parhiala from Aalto University for his thesis The applicability of the Minimum Viable Product approach in hardware product development in a developing country context - councept validation process for a startup.

The winner and honorable mentionees will receive their diplomas in a award ceremony organized in conjunction with the FSDR Development Days Conference 2018: The Politics of Sustainability: Re-thinking resources, values and justice on 16 February 2017.

Antti Tarvainen: "I, Post-Palestinian Entrepreneur" Transformations of subalternity in the "start-up nation" of Israel on HELDA University of Helsinki Digital Repository.

Veera Virmasalo: Inspiring elite action for a more just society? : media framing of elite social responsibility in an unequal, unconsolidated democracy : a case study from Namibia on JYX Jyväskylä University Digital Archive.

Jymy Parhiala: The applicability of the Minimum Viable Product approach in hardware product development in a developing country context - concept validation process for a startup on Aaltodoc.