Markku Kanninen

Professor, Work Package Leader

  • Institution Viikki Tropical Resources Institute/University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Department of Forest Sciences

I am professor of Tropical Silviculture and Director of Viikki Natural Resources Institute (VITRI) at the University of Helsinki, Finland. I am an expert in tropical forestry, climate change, forest ecology, and forest management.

Projects

Building Biocarbon and Rural Development in West Africa (BIODEV) – Work Package 3 (WP3): National policies and capacity strengthening

Mika Korkeakoski

Project manager

  • Institution University of Turku
  • Department/faculty Finland Futures Research Centre

Jarkko Niemi

Research Professor

  • Institution Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

I am a research professor at Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). I have a PhD in production economics and farm management and a title of Docent in Agricultural Economics at the University of Helsinki. My research mainly focuses on the following topics: economics of animal health and welfare; bio-economic modelling of animal production management, animal disease outbreaks and interventions to reduce different types of animal health disorders; adaptation of agriculture to climate change; food safety management; edible insects; competitiveness of animal-based supply chains. I have worked in several national and international projects such as EU-funded projects PROHEALTH, LEAP4FNNSA and ProIntensAfrica, NEAT Erasmus network, GroupHouseNet Cost action, and FoodAfrica research for development programme.

Projects

Improving Food Security in West and East Africa (FoodAfrica I & II)

Marketta Vuola

PhD candidate

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

My PhD research focuses on the political ecology and interplay between conservation and artisanal and small-scale mining in Madagascar. I am particularly interested in the power dynamics and formal and informal practices and discourses which the actors use to claim land and natural resources. Furthermore, my research aims at providing a venue for local communities to voice their perceptions and aspirations in the land-use question, and to facilitate communication between all stakeholders and development of more inclusive conservation and mining policies.