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.

Markus Kröger

Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher

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

Eva Nilsson

PhD Researcher

  • Institution Hanken School of Economics
  • Department/faculty Management and Organisation

I am doing PhD research on corporate responsibility in African states with a case study focused on a large investment by multinational oil and gas companies in Tanzania. I am a political scientist (MSocSc World Politics, MSc African Politics) and now working within the field of management and politics. Previously, I have worked as an advisor within development cooperation, and have rich experience of development policy, especially in relation to global economics and finance.

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.



  • 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