Report from the Master's Award ceremony on 16 February 2018

Antti Tarvainen, Olavi Luukkanen and Jymy Parhiala at the Master's Award Ceremony. Photo: Osku Haapasaari.

The Finnish Society for Development Research and UniPID handed out the Master’s Award in Development Studies 2017 on 16 February 2018 in a ceremony organized in conjunction with the Development Days Conference, organized at the House of Science and Letters in Helsinki.

Emeriti professors Ullamaija Kivikuru and Olavi Luukkanen represented the final selection committee at the event. Antti Tarvainen and Jymy Parhiala attended the event to receive the recognition from the award committee in person. Kivikuru and Luukkanen praised the high standard of theses read by the final selection committee and discussed the difficulty of choosing theses to be awarded from a selection of such accomplished texts.

Ullamaija Kivikuru addressing the conference audience. Photo: Osku Haapasaari.

Antti Tarvainen, the recipient of the Master’s Award, also delivered a short speech thanking all collaborators and offering some insights into the ideas outlined in his thesis.

In total, UniPID received 21 submissions to this year’s competition, representing six Finnish universities. Disciplines ranged from education to media studies, social sciences to forest ecology and management, and development studies to industrial design. The preliminary selection committee, consisting of Melissa Plath, Eva Kagiri, Katarina Frostell, Tiina Seppälä, Tiina Huvio, Minna Hakkarainen and Pertti Multanen chose six theses to forward to the final selection committee. Out of these six, the emeriti committee chose one to be granted the Master’s Award and two to be recognized with honorary mentions.

Click below to read the theses recognized in the competition:

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.