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.

  • Institution Åbo Akademi
  • Department/faculty Institute for Human Rights

Lisa Grans holds a PhD in Public International Law from Åbo Akademi University (2018) and has published extensively on the issue of women’s rights, with a particular focus on violence against women. Her expertise also includes the prohibition of discrimination, the prohibition of torture and linguistic rights. Grans has worked practically for over 20 years with promoting the human rights of women and other disadvantaged groups in cooperation with the relevant governmental bodies in countries such as Georgia, Kosovo and Turkey, having been based in the latter two.


Prevention of honour-related violence through the lens of the right to physical and psychological integrity

  • Institution Abo Akademi University
  • Department/faculty Business Administration

Over 48 million people were internally displaced due to armed conflict, generalized violence or human rights violations, according to Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), at the end of 2020. The concept of internally displaced persons (IDP) can be understood as persons or groups of persons who have been forced or obliged to flee or to leave their homes or places of habitual residence, in particular as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence, violations of human rights or natural or human-made disasters, and who have not crossed an internationally recognized border. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) stated in their 2021 Global Report on Internal Displacement that the pandemic increased the needs and vulnerabilities of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and measures to curb the spread of coronavirus have greatly hindered humanitarian efforts. In consideration of this and the fact that globally the pandemic has dealt a hard blow on the global economy that it is important that an examination on how citizens who have decided not to totally depend on humanitarian aids and build businesses in order to earn a living have been able to survive. This research will also be examining and theorize the idea of a growing economy within the IDP camps.

Marjaana Jauhola

Academy Research Fellow

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

ethnographer and film documentarist with eyes on feminisms & global politics of post-conflict/disaster reconstruction: stydying intersection of gender and other forms of inequalities in disaster politics, political violence, and national ideologies,

Brendah Nakyazze

PhD candidate

  • Institution Åbo Akademi University
  • Department/faculty Developmental Psychology

Brendah Nakyazze is a doctoral candidate at Åbo Akademi University Finland pursuing a doctoral degree in Social Sciences (Developmental Psychology). Her research aims to investigate intimate partner sexual aggression and its psychological concomitants in Uganda. The study encompasses measurements of victimisation from sexual aggression in intimate relationships, including marital rape, as well as connected factors such as victimisation due to denial of sex, and accepting attitudes towards marital rape. The connection between victimisation from intimate partner sexual aggression and other types of victimisation will also be studied. Her research also puts forward the psychological concomitants of intimate partner sexual abuse which are important to highlight in Africa where mental health is often misunderstood and not prioritized. Her published work includes; 1. Sexual abuse and accepting attitudes towards intimate partner rape in Uganda. 2. Victimisation from intimate partner rape in Uganda: Sex differences, psychological concomitants, and the effect of educational level. 3. Intimate partner violence during the COVID-19 pandemic: An impending pubic Health crisis in Africa.

Happy Tirivangasi

Doctoral Researcher

  • Institution University of Jyvaskyla
  • Department/faculty Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy

Happy Tirivangasi holds a Master of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Limpopo in South Africa. He graduated with distinction, Master of Science in Governance and Development from the Institute of Development Policy (IOB) at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. He has six years of research experience in southern Africa. Happy has published more than 60 research articles, which consist of nine (9) book chapters (published by Springer, Palgrave Macmillan, and Rowman & Littlefield), forty-nine (49) journal articles (published in peer-reviewed journals accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) list), and three (3) conference proceedings. In 2022, Happy served as a member of two scientific committees for two international conferences, namely, the 14th Southern African-Nordic Centre international conference (December 4–6, 2022) and the 1st Southern African Mountain Conference (March 14–17, 2022). Mr. Tirivangasi is currently a research associate at the University of Limpopo (Department of Research Administration and Development) and a Ph.D. researcher at the University of Jyväskylä. His research interest lies in political and environmental sociology.