Friday Joseph Agbo

Doctoral candidate

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

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.

Salla Atkins

Associate professor

  • Institution Tampere University
  • Department/faculty Faculty of Social Science/ Health Sciences

Salla Atkins is a social scientist/health systems researcher with interest and expertise in social determinants of health, and the influence of social protection on health. She has lived and worked in South Africa, and has ongoing projects with Mozambique, South Africa, India and China. Her methodological approach is mixed methods, with expertise in qualitative research and qualitative systematic reviews.

Elvis Mukumu Fokala


  • Institution Åbo Akademi
  • Department/faculty Department of Law, Institute for Human Rights

Nebiyu Girgibo

PhD student and project resercaher

  • Institution University of Vaasa
  • Department/faculty School of technology and innovations

Africa and EU bonding

Jeremy Gould


  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Social Sciences

Anthropologist with a specialization in long-term social change in postcolonial Africa. Recent work focuses on the interaction between law and politics in state formation. Supplementary interests in epistemic decolonization, and in the legal frameworks around extractivist economies, especially in connection with indigenous communities.

Osku Haapasaari

Project Worker

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

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.

  • Institution Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology
  • Department/faculty Computational Engineering

Post-doctoral researcher at LUT-University. MSc degree in Financial and Actuarial Mathematics from Wroclaw University of Technology (2007), MSc in Technomathematics from Lappeenranta University of Technology (2008) and DSc in Applied Mathematics from Lappeenranta University of Technology (2011). Specializes in modeling financial markets, time series analysis, statistical modeling, as well as mathematical epidemiology. 9 years of experience in academic teaching (including an award for the best international teacher), covering mainly scientific computing, statistics and stochastic modeling, and calculus. In years 2013-2015 having coordinated the following capacity building projects between Finland and East Africa: NSS East Africa Technomathematics and HEI ICI Mathematics Education and Working Life Relevance in East Africa. Experienced participant in Modeling Weeks (both as a student, instructor and organiser) and Study Groups. Recently organized a successful ECMI Modeling Week at LUT in July 2017.


Mathematical modeling

  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Department of Political and Economic Studies/Faculty of Social Sciences

David Lawson is an applied development economist who works on issues of extreme and chronic poverty, gender, health and household shocks. He recently completed a term as Senior Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki, Associate Professor of Development Economics and Public Policy at the University of Manchester, and Visiting Professor at the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing. He has 25 years of applied public policy experience, in sub-Saharan Africa, as a resident advisor for the Governments of Ethiopia, Lesotho, and Uganda and advised extensively for DFID, OECD, UNECA, UNICEF, World Bank, among others. He has published widely with more than 100 publications and reports, including in leading peer-reviewed journals and six books that include the book series - What Works for the Poorest (Practical Action, 2010, 2017. 2020), and Gender, Poverty and Access to Justice: Policy Implementation in sub-Saharan Africa (Routledge, 2020).