Leena Vastapuu

Postdoctoral researcher

  • Institution Tampere University
  • Department/faculty TAPRI - Tampere Peace Research Institute

Researcher of world politics with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa. In my PhD project, I examined the post-war realities of former girl and women soldiers in Liberia and gained my doctorate in 2017. My recent publications include a book 'Liberia's Women Veterans: War, Roles and Reintegration' (Zed Books 2018) and several peer-reviewed articles on gender, post-war reconstruction, child soldiers, inequality, and visual research methods. I have lived, studied and/or worked in Liberia, Senegal as well as Zambia and am eager to develop innovative ways to study and understand different phenomena around the world.

Hilkka Vihinen

Principal Investigator

  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Department of Economics and Management

Anna Virkama

PhD Candidate

  • Institution University of Tampere
  • Department/faculty Education

Johanna Virkki

Principal Investigator

  • Institution Tampere University of Technology
  • Department/faculty Biomedical Engineering
  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Department of Microbiology

Dr. Marko Virta is the Director of the Doctoral Programme on Microbiology and Biotechnology at University of Helsinki, Finland. His research interests include antibiotic resistance in various human impacted environments such as waste waters, agriculture and aquaculture. Dr. Virta’s website: http://www.helsinki.fi/molecular-environmental-biosciences


Antibiotic resistance in Indonesia

Occurrence, Sources and Prevention of Antimicrobial Resistance in West Africa – Following the flow of AMR genes between humans, animals and environment

Päivi Virtanen


  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Palmenia Centre for Continuing Education

Pekka Virtanen

Adjunct Professor, Science Advisor

  • Institution University of Jyväskylä
  • Department/faculty Department of Social Sciences and Philopsophy

Long experience in research and development cooperation activities from sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, particularly in areas of natural resource management, protected areas, climate change, democratization and decentralization.


Sustainable management of natural resources in Mozambique

Marketta Vuola

PhD candidate

  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Faculty of Social Sciences

My PhD research focuses on the political ecology and interplay between conservation and artisanal and small-scale mining in Madagascar. I am particularly interested in the power dynamics and formal and informal practices and discourses which the actors use to claim land and natural resources. Furthermore, my research aims at providing a venue for local communities to voice their perceptions and aspirations in the land-use question, and to facilitate communication between all stakeholders and development of more inclusive conservation and mining policies.

Hanna-Riina Vuontisjärvi

Project Manager

  • Institution University of Lapland
  • Department/faculty Faculty of Art and Design