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.

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

Godfred Adduow Obeng

Doctoral Researcher

  • Institution University of Jyväskylä
  • Department/faculty Development Studies

Godfred Adduow Obeng is a doctoral researcher in Development Studies at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä. He is working on a PhD thesis tentatively entitled “Organic Cocoa Governance and its Implication on Sustainable Production: A Comparative case analysis between Ghana, Ivory Coast and The Dominican Republic”. He investigates this topic from the perspectives of multilevel governance.

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.

Mika Sillanpää

Expert/Professor

  • Institution University of Southern Queensland
  • Department/faculty School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, Faculty of Health

Mika Sillanpää’s research work centers on chemical treatment in environmental engineering and environmental monitoring and analysis. More specifically, he has worked extensively with adsorption, photocatalysis, electrochemical treatment, membrane biological processes and advanced oxidation processes as well as chromatographic methods, electrochemical sensor development and real-time monitoring. Mika Sillanpää received his M.Sc. (Eng.) and D. Sc. (Eng.) degrees from the Aalto University, where he also completed an MBA degree in 2013. He has published more than 700 articles in peer-reviewed international journals, including Chemical Society Reviews, Advanced Materials, Environmental Science & Technology, Water Research, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Green Chemistry, Journal of Catalysis, Bioresource Technology, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Analytical Chemistry, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Mass Spectrometry Reviews, Chemical Engineering Journal and Coordination Chemistry Reviews. Having an h-index of 78, his publications have been cited over 30 000 times (Google Scholar). Also, he has been invited as an external examiner and opponent of several adjunct professorships and doctoral degrees and participated in the evaluation of research proposals in over 10 countries. He has supervised 45 PhDs and been a reviewer in over 240 academic journals, many of which are top-ranked in their fields. Mika Sillanpää has received numerous awards for research and innovation. For example, he is the first Laureate of Scientific Committee on the Problems of the Environment (SCOPE)’s Young Investigator Award, which was delivered at the UNESCO Conference in Shanghai 2010 for his “significant contributions, outstanding achievements and research leadership in Environmental Technological Innovations to address present water pollution problems worldwide, especially with regard to wastewater treatment and reuse”. In 2011, he was invited to act as a Principal Scientific Reviewer in the GEO-5 report of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). In 2012, he received Tapani Järvinen Environmental Technology Award and Publication Award of the University. In 2014, he received the Science Award of the Lappeenranta University of Technology and Pro Mikkeli Award. In 2018, he was invited as a Member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters and Academy of Technical Sciences. He also received Literature award from the Water Association of Finland in 2018. In 2017, 2018 and 2019, he was listed as a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters.

Sini Suomalainen

Communications manager

  • Institution Aalto University