Carolina Buendia

Doctoral candidate, Global Development Research

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

I am a doctoral candidate in the Political, Societal and Regional Change programme experienced in qualitative research and implementation of development cooperation projects in Finland and Latin America. My doctoral research focuses on how the focus of women’s empowerment shifts when Finland’s development aid has been increasingly transferred from traditional development cooperation to the private sector through cross-sectoral partnerships with Kenya. My professional work has been focused on using research to inform project design and implementation in development cooperation initiatives for gender-based violence, gender equality, peacebuilding, psychosocial support, and migration. Previously I have conducted research on Women, Peace and Security, and feminism in Colombia, and refugees, agency, and gender-based violence in Norway.

Analía Capponi-Savolainen

Doctoral candidate

  • Institution University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy
  • Department/faculty MuTri Doctoral School

Researcher, educator and musician working at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Center for Educational Research and Academic Development (CERADA). My current project on children's singing in culturally diverse Finnish schools is part of the ArtsEqual Research initiative (The Arts as a Public Service: Strategic Steps towards Equality) funded by the Academy of Finland.

Pia Eskelinen

Phd Candidate

  • Institution University of Turku
  • Department/faculty Faculty of Law

Land is a powerful asset, but it also has a social function. Its economic and social aspects are central in advancing gender equality. Legal control of land as well as legal and social recognition of women’s uses of and rights to land, can also have catalytic effects of empowerment, increasing women’s influence and status in their homes and communities. My article-based PhD thesis focuses on Chinese rural women and their social and equal status in Chinese society. The research has received funding from Academy of Finland's Actors, Structures and Law (ASLA) - project

Projects

Rural women´s land rights in China

Adel Habibi Nikjoo

Doctoral Researcher

  • Institution University of Oulu
  • Department/faculty Geography Research Unit

I have some published work on gender equality and tourist behavior. My current research focuses on the impacts of tourism in societies in the Global South and how people adapt to those changes and sustain their livelihoods.

Omotomilola Ikotun

Doctoral Student

  • Institution University of Eastern Finland
  • Department/faculty Geographic and Historical Studies/ Social Sciences

Omotomilola Ikotun is a researcher of the Time, Space and the Environment in Society Doctoral Programme at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu. Her research analyses pastoral access to water supply, pastoral inequality and the impact of environmental conflicts on borders, access to natural resources, and agriculture market access development in Nigeria and West Africa.

Anne Ruotsalainen

PhD student

  • Institution University of Eastern Finland
  • Department/faculty Department of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences

Dissertation topic: The association of school meals with school attendance and local agriculture in Malawi.

Leena Vastapuu

Postdoctoral researcher

  • Institution Tampere University
  • Department/faculty TAPRI - Tampere Peace Research Institute

Researcher of world politics with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa. In my PhD project, I examined the post-war realities of former girl and women soldiers in Liberia and gained my doctorate in 2017. My recent publications include a book 'Liberia's Women Veterans: War, Roles and Reintegration' (Zed Books 2018) and several peer-reviewed articles on gender, post-war reconstruction, child soldiers, inequality, and visual research methods. I have lived, studied and/or worked in Liberia, Senegal as well as Zambia and am eager to develop innovative ways to study and understand different phenomena around the world.