Thomas Centore

Research Assistant

  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Global Change and Conservation Lab

I research bushmeat hunting, wildlife trade and alternative livelihoods. In my PhD, I will also work with Sustainable Development Goals and Indigenous People and Local Communities.

Marianna Ferreira-Aulu

Doctoral Researcher, Project Researcher

  • Institution University of Turku
  • Department/faculty Finland Futures Research Center / Turku School of Economics

Hi! I am Marianna Birmoser Ferreira-Aulu, project researcher and doctoral student at the University of Turku (UTU), Finland. My long-term professional goal is to contribute to society by exploring innovative pathways towards just and sustainable futures. I intend to do this by producing high-quality scientific materials, by popularizing science to catalyze positive transformations, and by engaging with the civil society to collaborate with various stakeholders. During the past five years, I have been working as project researcher in two departments in the University of Turku: the Finland Futures Research Centre, and the Centre for Collaborative Research. I have been engaged with various projects in strategic foresight, futures literacy, sustainability and climate action, renewable energy, food research, and international collaboration. In addition to desk research, I enjoy doing workshop facilitation (have experience in Finland, Peru and Colombia). I have also been quite active in public speaking, by giving talks in various seminars and conferences. I also enjoy cooperating to developing the strategy of our own organization. I have represented UTU in international cooperation initiatives through international education services. Since the beginning of 2021, I have also been pursuing my doctoral degree in Futures Studies. The working-title of my dissertation is “Building a Strategic Roadmap for Ecologically Sound and Socio-politically supported Conservation of the Brazilian Amazonia”. The research takes into consideration the local socio-political dynamics, the uniqueness of its peoples and its biodiversity. I look at the conservation of Amazonia as a wicked problem that needs diverse set of actions to attempt to solve it. This research topic is a continuation, and expansion of my Master’s Thesis, where I explored futures scenarios for the Volta Grande do Xingu, the region most affected by the construction of the Belo Monte Dam, in the East of the Brazilian Amazonia.

Markku Kanninen

Professor, Work Package Leader

  • Institution Viikki Tropical Resources Institute/University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Department of Forest Sciences

I am professor of Tropical Silviculture and Director of Viikki Natural Resources Institute (VITRI) at the University of Helsinki, Finland. I am an expert in tropical forestry, climate change, forest ecology, and forest management.

Projects

Building Biocarbon and Rural Development in West Africa (BIODEV) – Work Package 3 (WP3): National policies and capacity strengthening

Mika Korkeakoski

Project manager

  • Institution University of Turku
  • Department/faculty Finland Futures Research Centre

Japheth Kibet Koros

Doctoral Student

  • Institution Tampere University
  • Department/faculty Faculty of Built Environment

Access to water and sanitation services remains low for most sub-Saharan African countries, and the progress towards achievement of this access for all by 2030, as per the SDG targets is stunted. The state of low access to water and sanitation has dire socioeconomic repercussions that scientific research can contribute to untangling. My research aims at providing recommendations for enhanced citizen participation in water and sanitation services as a remedy to accelerate water and sanitation services development, the case of Kenya.

Irene Leino

Manager, Corporate Engagement

  • Institution UNICEF Finland

MFA: Digitalization and human rights (2019); Ministry of Education: Data protection, privacy and child rights (2018-19); Various publications to the World Bank on climate change mitigation and adaptation (2010-12); LuKe (former RKTL): Consumers' willingness to buy eco-labeled fish (2004) Various articles in HS, Talouselämä and UNICEF blog on corporate responsibility (2015-19)

  • Institution University of Turku
  • Department/faculty Centre for East Asian Studies

Friederike Lüpke

Professor of African Studies

  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Department of Languages

I'm an Africanist linguist with expertise in spoken and written multilingualism, in particular rural multilingualism. My geographical focus is on Mali, Senegal, Guinea and adjacent regions in West Africa. My current research combines descriptive, sociolinguistic and anthropological perspectives on multilingualism with the goal to develop inclusive and adaptive multilingual educational practices that contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals in the domain of education. This work is reflected in the LILIEMA education programme developed jointly with local activists in Southern Senegal.

Shahid Mallick

Early-Stage Researcher

  • Institution University of Eastern Finland
  • Department/faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies

Number of publications 06 Name of publications Open-access link Publication category Water, Water Pollution and Cultural Desolation https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329416339_Water_Water_Pollution_and_Cultural_Desolation A1 Environmental Degradation: Challenge to Food Security, local context global perspective, A case study of a village in Bangladesh https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329416293_Environmental_Degradation_Challenge_to_Food_Security_local_context_global_perspective_A_case_study_of_a_village_in_Bangladesh A1 Empowering youth lasting change; SEED SCALE a process to youth engagement and sustainable development https://techniumscience.com/index.php/socialsciences/article/view/1877 A1 Industrialization Water Pollution and Social Change: A Case of Basin Based village in Bangladesh https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329416449_INDUSTRIALIZATION_WATER_POLLUTION_AND_SOCIAL_CHANGE_A_CASE_OF_BASIN_BASED_VILLAGE_IN_BANGLADESH A1 Community Disability, And Response to Disaster Mitigation in Bangladesh. https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=%E2%80%A2+Mallick+%26+Salma+ A1 River, Culture and Livelihood: Water pollution and social change around river Banghsi, Bangladesh D

Irmeli Mustalahti

Academy Research Fellow

  • Institution University of Eastern Finland
  • Department/faculty Department of Geographical and Historical Studies