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.

Jaana Jarva

Senior Scientist

  • Institution Geological Survey of Finland

Jaana Jarva is a senior scientist in environmental geology at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK). She holds a PhD in geology from the University of Turku, Finland. She is specialized in the fields of environmental and urban geology, geochemistry, land use planning, geological risk assessment and climate change adaptation. She has worked as a project manager in several European research and regional development projects, as well as in national and international research and consulting assignments. She is currently acting as a project manager of four international projects on hydrogeology, climate change adaptation and environmental impact assessment. She holds IPMA Level C certificate.

Marjaana Jauhola

Academy Research Fellow

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

Jauhola conducts research (2012-2020) on global political economy of post-disaster interventions and intesecting inequalities and forms of resilience of long-term recovery of combinations of political violence and disasters (Indian Ocean Tsunami 2004 in Aceh, Indonesia; 2001 Gujarat earthquake in Kutch, India) using visual ethnography and collaborative urban lifehistorical and audio-visual methods.

Minna Keinänen-Toivola

project manager

  • Institution Satakunta University of Applied Sciences
  • Department/faculty Faculty of Energy and Construction, WANDER Nordic Water and Materials Institute
  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Department of Food and Environmental Sciences, Department of Food and Environmental Sciences, Division of Nutrition
  • Institution University of Turku
  • Department/faculty Centre for East Asian Studies
  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Department of Political and Economic Studies

Saila-Maria Saaristo

PhD Researcher

  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Development studies

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,


Transformative Actions? Occupations and Evictions in Lisbon Metropolitan Area, Portugal

Laura Stark

project leader

  • Institution University of Jyväskylä
  • Department/faculty Department of History and Ethnology