Saana Hansen

PhD Student

  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Social Sciences (Social and Cultural Anthropology)

My research interests include internal and cross-border displacement in Sub-Saharan Africa, politics of belonging, identity building and state formation. In my ethnographic Doctoral Study I use the return migration of Zimbabweans from neighbouring Southern African countries as an avenue for exploring the dynamics of returnee urban emplacement.

Hanna Posti-Ahokas

Senior Researcher

  • Institution University of Jyväskylä
  • Department/faculty Faculty of Education and Psychology

Current research on internationalization of higher education through North-South collaboration. Lead and participated in various collaboration projects with Universities from Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa and Eritrea.

Patrick Shulist

Assistant Professor of Sustainability in Business

  • Institution Aalto University
  • Department/faculty Business School, Entrepreneurship

My research has two main streams, both of which focus on international development and poverty alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa. First, I take a qualitative approach to understanding the “natural” course of entrepreneurship in Ghana; that is, how entrepreneurship happens in the absence of international development efforts. This research stream grew out of my frustration with seeing development organizations consistently teaching entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa in much the same way it is taught in Canada, or Finland. My second research stream focuses on collaboratively working with international development organizations to solve their pressing challenges. This generally involves using randomized field experiments to test designed solutions under real-world characteristics. The goal here is to bridge the gap between producing work that is theoretically interesting, and producing work that is practically important. Two ongoing projects of this nature are happening in Ghana and Tanzania.

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.

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.

Projects

Sustainable management of natural resources in Mozambique