I am doing PhD research on corporate responsibility in African states with a case study focused on a large investment by multinational oil and gas companies in Tanzania. I am a political scientist (MSocSc World Politics, MSc African Politics) and now working within the field of management and politics. Previously, I have worked as an advisor within development cooperation, and have rich experience of development policy, especially in relation to global economics and finance.
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.
Saila-Maria Saaristo is currently a doctoral student at the doctoral program "Political, Societal and Regional Changes" at the University of Helsinki. The PhD research focuses on forced evictions and social movements resisting evictions at the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon. The study looks at evictions as a gendered and racialized phenomenon that occurs in the context of financialization of housing and commodification of the city, drawing from the experiences of the Global South to look at the Global North. Saaristo has solid experience on planning, management and monitoring and evaluation of development cooperation programs and projects, acquired during 7 years with various agencies, such as the EU Delegation to Tanzania, MFA project in Mozambique, UN-Habitat, and international and national NGOs. Thematically her professional focus is on gender equality and women empowerment, housing and slum upgrading, civil society, and democracy and elections. Saaristo speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish and English, and basic French and German,