Henri Onodera

University Researcher

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

University Researcher in Global Development Studies at the University of Helsinki, and Postdoctoral Researcher in Youth Studies at Tampere University. For more information: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/onodera/

Jukka Paatero

Associate Professor

  • Institution LUT University
  • Department/faculty School of Energy Systems

I am an academic energy professional with a long history of energy education and research. I have in-depth understanding concerning renewables and the recent developments in the energy sector. The focus areas in my teaching and research activities are renewable energy and energy systems. Since 2020 my teaching focus has shifted to engineering mathematics.

Paula Paukku

Master's Student

  • Institution Tampere University
  • Department/faculty Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences (ITC)

BSc Sociology and Media Studies, undertaking her master's degree in Journalism. Research topic: Journalism Education in Tanzania.

Mikko Pitkänen

Head of Project Management

  • Institution University of Jyväskylä
  • Department/faculty Agora Center

Eija Ranta

Academy Fellow

  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Social Sciences

Academy Fellow and Principal Investigator of Global Development Studies, focusing on development, politics, and state formation in Latin America and Africa.

Juliana Rodrigues

Doctorate Candidate

  • Institution Aalto University
  • Department/faculty Management Studies

I am starting the Doctorate Program at Aalto University in 2021. My research project aims at investigating how frugal social innovations from the Global South might create alternative concepts and appropriated meanings of quality, well-being, social change, consequently, development. This proposal is aligned with contemporary efforts to link management research to Grand Challenges such as poverty alleviation (Kistruck & Shulist, 2020), positioned at the emergent and interdisciplinary field of Business and Development (Lund-Thomsen et al., 2020). I believe that being part of the UniPID DocNet will be an excellent opportunity to expand my training opportunities, exchange and partnerships, while also collaborating with the network, bringing a different background and commitment to discuss the grand societal challenges and development issues in the world. To embark on such an endeavor, I bring an interdisciplinary and multifaceted background, as a researcher and educator from Latin America, working with topics related to social innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainable development, including significant experience in international collaborations in Brazil, the USA, Uganda, India, and other countries in Latin America and Europe.

  • Institution LUT University
  • Department/faculty Math

Lassi Roininen is an associate professor (tenure track) in applied mathematics in the School of Engineering Science in Lappeenranta University of Technology. He is also an adjunct professor in applied mathematics in University of Oulu, Finland. He works on a broad spectrum from the fundamental mathematical inverse problems theory to applications in near-space remote sensing and subsurface imaging. He collaborates with high-level international research groups both in academia and industry. His research highlight is the development of the methodology of discretisation-invariant and computationally feasible priors for Bayesian inversion of function-valued unknowns. Applications include e.g. tomography (ionospheric, electrical impedance, X-ray) and radar pulse-compression coding and analysis methods.

Jarkko Saarinen


  • Institution University of Oulu
  • Department/faculty Geography

Jarkko Saarinen is a Professor of Geography at the University of Oulu, Finland, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor (Sustainability Management) at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. His research interests include tourism and development, sustainability in tourism, climate change adaptation, tourism-community relations and nature conservation studies. He is Editor for the Tourism Geographies and Associate Editor for the Annals of Tourism Research. His recent publications include edited/co-edited books: Resilient Destinations (Routledge, 2019) and Tourism, Change and the Global South (Routledge, 2021).

Saila-Maria Saaristo

PhD Researcher

  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Global development studies

Saila-Maria Saaristo is a doctoral researcher and lecturer in Global Development Studies at the University of Helsinki, and a member of Urbaria (Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies). Her current research project focuses on studying inequalities and discriminations, which are approached through the case of inequalities in access to housing, with a particular focus on homelessness and forced evictions. The study investigates especially gendered, classed and racialised housing exclusions. In addition to the academic career, Saaristo has worked extensively as a consultor, manager and coordinator of different kinds of international cooperation projects financed by the European Union and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, in the areas of urban development and housing, civil society, good governance and democracy, human rights, and gender. She has worked and lived in many countries, including Cape Verde, Tanzania, Mozambique, Brazil, Bolivia and Portugal.


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

Tiina Seppälä

Senior researcher, docent

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

Dr. Tiina Seppälä is a senior researcher in International Relations at the University of Lapland and adjunct professor of International Development Studies at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She has engaged with women’s rights and slum activists in Nepal and Bangladesh, anti-eviction movements in India, asylum seekers in Finland and anti-war activists in the UK. She is interested in development, displacement, social movements, post/decolonial and feminist theory, ethnographic research and arts-based methods.


Governance, Resistance and Neoliberal Development: Struggles against Development-Induced Displacement and Forced Evictions in South Asia