Taiwo Temitope Bamgboye

Doctoral Researcher

  • Institution University of Oulu
  • Department/faculty Water Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Unit

My name is Bamgboye Taiwo Temitope. I am a doctoral researcher at the Water Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Unit of the University of Oulu, Finland. My research interests include climate change, urban water, energy and food nexus planning, integrated water resource management; policy analysis in developing countries; and interactions with other SDGs to create a more sustainable future and a balanced ecosystem

Marianna Ferreira-Aulu

Doctoral Researcher, Project Researcher

  • Institution University of Turku
  • Department/faculty Finland Futures Research Center / Turku School of Economics

Hi! I am Marianna Birmoser Ferreira-Aulu, project researcher and doctoral student at the University of Turku (UTU), Finland. My long-term professional goal is to contribute to society by exploring innovative pathways towards just and sustainable futures. I intend to do this by producing high-quality scientific materials, by popularizing science to catalyze positive transformations, and by engaging with the civil society to collaborate with various stakeholders. During the past five years, I have been working as project researcher in two departments in the University of Turku: the Finland Futures Research Centre, and the Centre for Collaborative Research. I have been engaged with various projects in strategic foresight, futures literacy, sustainability and climate action, renewable energy, food research, and international collaboration. In addition to desk research, I enjoy doing workshop facilitation (have experience in Finland, Peru and Colombia). I have also been quite active in public speaking, by giving talks in various seminars and conferences. I also enjoy cooperating to developing the strategy of our own organization. I have represented UTU in international cooperation initiatives through international education services. Since the beginning of 2021, I have also been pursuing my doctoral degree in Futures Studies. The working-title of my dissertation is “Building a Strategic Roadmap for Ecologically Sound and Socio-politically supported Conservation of the Brazilian Amazonia”. The research takes into consideration the local socio-political dynamics, the uniqueness of its peoples and its biodiversity. I look at the conservation of Amazonia as a wicked problem that needs diverse set of actions to attempt to solve it. This research topic is a continuation, and expansion of my Master’s Thesis, where I explored futures scenarios for the Volta Grande do Xingu, the region most affected by the construction of the Belo Monte Dam, in the East of the Brazilian Amazonia.

Barry Gills

Professor of Global Development Studies

  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Global Development Studies, Faculty of Social Science

I have been recently working on a critique of mainstream ( neoclassical and neoliberal) Economics and its relation to producing Climate Change and Ecological crises. I am a member of EXALT ( Global Extractivisms and Alternatives Initiative--- www.exalt.fi) I have been working on the conceptualisation of "global extractivism" ( see our forthcoming Special Forum on Extractivsm in the Journal of Peasant Studies). With Hamed Hosseini I have ben developing the concept of "Transversal cosmopolitanism" as a dialogic form of co-construction of knowledge for transformative praxes.

Satu Järvinen

Doctoral Researcher

  • Institution University of Eastern Finland
  • Department/faculty Doctoral Programme in Science, Technology and Computing

The title of my research is: ”Using digital micro certificates in the recognition and validation of skills of the informal sector in Africa” The key research questions are: -What is the digital learning capacity of people in the informal sector? -How do we design digital platforms and present learning content so that it fits the learning styles and abilities of the informal sector? -What value do people in Africa give to (informal) micro-certificates compared to traditional formal certificates? -How can new technologies (AI, Machine learning...) support development of automated and varied skills validation? My research aims to give insight to servicing a new segment of people that has traditionally been neglected by development activities. The informal sector people are not the poorest of the poor in Africa and fall outside many development aid programmes. At the same time it consists of most people taking part in the labor force. Formalising the informal sector people to tax-paying citizens is key to the economic development of most African countries.

Mika Kautonen

Adjunct Professor

  • Institution University of Tampere
  • Department/faculty Research Centre for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (TaSTI)

Mika Kautonen, D.Sc., Adjunct Professor, is the Head of the Innovation Studies Group in TaSTI, Research Centre for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, Finland. His and his research group's research interests relates especially to the expansion of innovation activities in present-day societies, to new stakeholder groups, sectors and countries. Therefore he is also interested in innovation activities and innovation policies in developing countries. Those innovation activities are of special interest that contributes to a more sustainable society.


Co-creation of a Namibian Smart Community (SmartCom)

Juliana Perez Perez

Doctoral student

  • Institution University of Eastern Finland
  • Department/faculty Faculty of Science and Forestry

I am a Doctoral student at the University of Eastern Finland. My research focuses on studying the spatio-temporal patterns of dengue fever in Medellin, Colombia (South America). Dengue fever is the most common mosquito-borne viral infection transmitted to humans. Dengue fever is present in more than 100 countries. The disease is now endemic in regions of Africa, the Americas, the Eastern Mediterranean, South East Asia, and the Western Pacific. The control of dengue has been a challenge, as these difficulties emerge from several aspects of different natures (political, ecological, socio-economical, behavioural). There is an increasing call to change how surveillance and control of dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases are currently performed since classical control has proven ineffective in reducing the morbidity and mortality caused by these infections. My research proposal attempts to add relevant knowledge that will contribute to a more integrated approach to dengue fever surveillance and control in developing countries.

Nikodemus Solitander

Project Coordinator

  • Institution Hanken School of Economics
  • Department/faculty Center for Corporate Responsibilities

EduCase is a global pilot funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education EDUCase, and coordinated by Aalto University. EduCase aims at developing an innovative and educational case based institutional collaboration between Finnish Higher Institutions and Institutions/HEIs in potential partner countries in Africa. The major objectives of the EDUCase project include assisting in the provision of education relevant with sustainable development challenges, strengthening networks between partner countries’ HEIs and local innovation ecosystems, enhancing practical collaboration and deepening research networks and global competence of Finnish HEIs, advancing furthers innovations and the reaching of education development targets of HEIs in partner countries, advancing common innovation ecosystem between Finland and partner countries. Hanken/CCR's part of the project aims to device innovative educational collaborations with HEIs as well as with governmental and nongovernmental institutions that work on innovation in potential partner countries in Africa.

Sini Suomalainen

Communications manager

  • Institution Aalto University

Sai Väyrynen

Senior lecturer

  • Institution University of Helsinki
  • Department/faculty Open University

I am researcher with a wide experience in education policy development and implementation in developing countries, particularly in Africa. My main interests focus on inclusive education, global basic education questions, and SDG 4. Disability inclusion is an integral part of my work.