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.
BSc Sociology and Media Studies, undertaking her master's degree in Journalism. Research topic: Journalism Education in Tanzania.
I am an anthropologist with a long and multifaceted experience in researching Africa and in acting as the PI for research projects on Africa. Thematically I have examined various societal changes that take place in the coming together of global and local regimes of economic and socio-cultural value. My specific research topics include the following: women traders and socio-economic empowerment in Tanzania; youth cultures' and culture industries' social and economic significance in South Africa; music industry structures, practices and value chains in South Africa and Europe; clothing and fashion industry-related entrepreneurships in South Africa and Tanzania; emerging black middle classes. I am fluent in KiSwahili language.
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 9 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,
Assistant Professor of Sustainability in Business
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.