Antti Autio

Doctoral Candidate

  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Department of Geosciences and Geography/Faculty of Science

Antti Autio is a Ph.D. student in the Doctoral Programme in Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences (DENVI) at the University of Helsinki. He holds a master’s degree in Development Geography and his dissertation research focuses on smallholder farmer’s adaptation to climate change in East Africa from the perspective of political ecology.

Roseanna Avento

Global Development Manager

  • Institution University of Eastern Finland
  • Department/faculty Development Services

Shahnaj Begum

Post-doctoral researcher

  • Institution University of Lapland
  • Department/faculty Unit for Gender Studies, Faculty of Education

Niti Bhan

Doctoral Student

  • Institution Aalto University School of Engineering
  • Department/faculty Product Development/Mechanical Engineering

Niti's research interests lie in the intersection between design methods, multidisciplinary approaches, and participatory social design-driven transformation that takes a humble approach within confined settings (Markussen, 2017; Koskinen and Hush, 2016; Ehn, 1993). She brings more than 2 decades of design and innovation practice to her doctoral studies.

Pramod Bhusal

Principal Investigator

  • Institution Aalto University
  • Department/faculty Electrical Engineering and Automation

Aina Brias Guinart

Doctoral candidate

  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences

My research explores the links between education and biodiversity conservation. I am particularly interested in how conservation NGOs implement education programmes in rural communities in Madagascar and how they affect local cultures, environments and knowledge systems. I have mainly been doing qualitative research using interviews, focus groups and participant observation as methodologies.

Projects

Unpacking the role of education as a tool for biodiversity conservation

Eric Bruun

International public transport expert

  • Institution University of Cape Town
  • Department/faculty Built Environment

Carolina Buendia

Doctoral candidate, Global Development Research

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

I am a doctoral candidate in the Political, Societal and Regional Change programme experienced in qualitative research and implementation of development cooperation projects in Finland and Latin America. My doctoral research focuses on how the focus of women’s empowerment shifts when Finland’s development aid has been increasingly transferred from traditional development cooperation to the private sector through cross-sectoral partnerships with Kenya. My professional work has been focused on using research to inform project design and implementation in development cooperation initiatives for gender-based violence, gender equality, peacebuilding, psychosocial support, and migration. Previously I have conducted research on Women, Peace and Security, and feminism in Colombia, and refugees, agency, and gender-based violence in Norway.

Chi Bui

Doctoral Researcher

  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Department of Forest Sciences

My doctoral research aims to determine the link between Forest Landscape Restoration and Local Livelihoods in the context of the vigorous expansion of planted forests in Vietnam that is dominated by high-density monocultures of non-native species.