Frederick Ahen

Senior research fellow

  • Institution University of Turku
  • Department/faculty Turku School of Economics/Marketing and International BusinessIntermational

My research focuses on issues such as sustainable global health governance, pharmaceutical industry, stakeholder engagement, corporate responsibility, ethics among others, within the context of emerging economies of Africa.

Javier Arevalo


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

Johanna Eklund

Doctoral student

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

Viljam Engström


  • Institution Åbo Akademi University
  • Department/faculty Hippoksentie 5

Crosscutting research interests: The function of law and legal reasoning The law and function of international institutions (both political organizations and judicial bodies) The role of rights in international governance Publication areas: Human rights Social protection Judicial review International organizations / institutions Law and governance of the European Union Editor in Chief of Åbo Akademi Institute for Human Rights Working Paper Series

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

Blas Mola

Assoc Prof

  • Institution University of Eastern Finland
  • Department/faculty School of Forest Sciences

I work as Assoc Prof at the School of Forest Sciences of the UEF on topics related to forest modelling, biomass production for energy, fast growing plantations and forest governance. In the past I have worked as Research Professor at the Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomy Research (Ås, Norway), department of Forest Production.

Ayonghe Nebasifu

PhD Researcher

  • Institution Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
  • Department/faculty Anthropology Research Group

A trained anthropologist at the Anthropology Research Group - Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, along with a background in Sociology. I do extensive research on co-management practices, regimes for forestry and wildlife conservation, protected area management, governance and development, as well as land use and sustainability policy.

Tiina Seppälä

Post-doctoral researcher

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

Husen Tura

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Institution University of Eastern Finland
  • Department/faculty Law School

Dr Tura graduated with Doctor of Law (LLD) from the University of Eastern Finland Law School in March 2020. He specializes in Socio-economic Rights (in particular the Right to Food), Law and Development, Business Law and Land Law. He has attended advanced courses on Human Rights, International Environmental Law, Food Law and Policy and Research Methods and Advanced Legal Writing at top law schools such as Harvard Law School, University of Helsinki, University of Oslo, University of Copenhagen and the University of Pretoria. Moreover, he has published several papers addressing socio-legal issues like land rights and land grabbing, the right to adequate food, corporate governance, access to justice and women's rights to property with reference to Ethiopia. Tura adopts mixed research methods involving doctrinal and empirical research to analyze the content of laws but also their implementation. He is particularly interested in how law facilitates social and economic development in Africa.



  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Social Sciences, Development Studies

Formerly a Postdoc Researcher at the University of Luxembourg and the University of Helsinki (UH) and University Lecturer at UH, Gutu Olana Wayessa is a researcher. His current research is also affiliated with UH. He received BSc from Haramaya University, Ethiopia; an MSc from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway; and a Ph.D. in Social Sciences, majoring in Development Studies, from UH, Finland. From 1 February to 31 July 2019, he held a Visiting Research Scholar at the American University, Washington DC, USA. His research interests include displacements and resettlements, climate change, large-scale investments, land governance, environmental and social justice, state-society relations, social movements, and rural livelihoods. His theoretical and methodological interests encompass political ecology, political economy, philosophy of science, and mixed-methods research.


Large-scale land deals and local livelihoods in Ethiopia: A political ecology of a contested scheme