UniPID DocNet Seminar 2019 on Co-Creation of Knowledge

September 13, 2019

The theme of this year's UniPID DocNet Seminar is Co-Creation of Knowledge. The seminar is organized on 10-11 October together with Aalto Global Impact at Aalto University.

Time: 10-11 October, 2019
Place: Aalto University, Espoo

UniPID is organizing its fourth academic get-together, DocNet Seminar, in collaboration with Aalto Global Impact. This will be a two-day retreat, including both plenary and workshop sessions. The general theme of the seminar is “Co-Creation of Knowledge.”

The seminar brings together doctoral candidates and supervisors with an interest in a wide array of topics related to sustainable development, the Global South, and development policy. In doing this, the workshop will facilitate mutual learning, networking, and the exchange of knowledge and experiences between network members.

Assistant Professor Patrick Shulist from Aalto University Business School describes co-creation as follows:

"Co-creation involves both the sharing and generation of knowledge amongst stakeholders from diverse backgrounds. Within the field of sustainable development, practitioners have a wealth of on-the-ground insights; partners in the Global South have a deep understanding of the contexts in which they are embedded; policymakers have a view of the political- and systems-level; researchers bring robust evidence-based insights; students bring a view of what the changemakers of tomorrow wish to engage with. By building bridges across these oft-siloed stakeholders, generative conversations can develop insights that no single stakeholder can make on their own. Overall, co-creation is a critical undertaking for a complex world, especially for previously marginalized voices into important conversations."

Co-creation is a critical undertaking for a complex world, especially for previously marginalized voices into important conversations.

Highlights include:

  • Doctoral candidates will receive feedback on their work from a variety of development scholars and peers
  • Stakeholders from the NGO community, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and enterprises will help participants understand what “co-creation” means for different stakeholders, with a specific focus on how researchers can work collaboratively with non-academic stakeholders
  • Social events for networking

All participating doctoral candidates are asked to register and submit an abstract of max 250 words of the paper they will submit to the working groups by 22 September, 2019. Papers (of 3000-4000 words) to be discussed during the seminar should be submitted by 4 October, 2019. More detailed instructions regarding the paper submissions will be sent to all registered doctoral candidates.

Preliminary Schedule:

Thursday, 10th October

10:00 - 12:00 Community event involving MFA and NGOs
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 13:30 Welcome
13:30 - 14:30 Session #1: The benefits of co-creation
14:30 - 15:30 Session #2: When co-creation falls apart
15:30 - 15:45 Coffee
15:45 - 16:15 Visit to United Nations Technology Lab at A-Grid (TBC)
16:15 - 17:15 Session #3: Co-creation and thesis work
17:15 - 18:30 Working group sessions #1
18:30 - 21:30 Dinner, Sauna

Friday, 11th October

07:30 - 08:30 Breakfast
08:30 - 09:00 Intro to working groups
09:00 - 12:30 Working group sessions #2
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:15 Co-Creation: Where do we go from here?
14:15 - 14:30 Coffee
14:30 - 16:00 Working group sessions #3
16:00 - 16:30 Wrap-up

Please note: All sessions will be interactive and involve a combination of lecture, discussion, and activities. "Working group sessions" will focus on giving feedback to students on their work, and will be done in small groups.


Registration for doctoral candidates has closed. If you are a DocNet supervisor and would like to participate, please contact UniPID Coordinator Anja Onali, Tel. +358 (0)40 1811 928, email:

The accommodation and meals of the participants will be covered by UniPID. The accommodation is organized in double rooms, shared with another DocNet doctoral candidate or supervisor. UniPID will also cover other reasonable, national travel costs of the participants coming from outside the Helsinki metropolitan area according to the most affordable public means of transportation.

DocNet Seminars are meant for DocNet members. If you want to join the seminar, but are not yet a member, please fill in an application form here: https://www.unipid.fi/researchers/docnet/membership/

Photo Credit: Luis Alfonso Monje