Welcome to SGT lecture series of State of the World and Development!
This lecture series gives and introduction to the state of the world and development. It highlights the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable development and explores the dilemma of development from different perspectives. Lecture series is open for all. For those aiming to gain 2 credits; register in weboodi. 80% attendance & assignment required.
- Wednesdays 10-12 & Mondays 15-17
- Aalto Otaniemi Campus, Otakaari 1, Lecture Halls E & U1 (old main building)
- Period: I (First lecture 20 Sep - Last lecture 25 Oct)
Wednesday 20 Sep | 10-12 | Lecture Hall U1
LECTURE 1 CLIMATE CHANGE, Philipp Schmidt-Thomé, GTK
Dr. Philipp Schmidt-Thomé is a researcher and Head of International Cooperation at the Geological Survey of Finland, GTK.
Philipp is a German geographer (MSc. with minor subjects in geology and soil science) and a postgraduate in hydro-geology and engineering geology. He came to the Geological Survey of Finland in 1998. He was born in El Salvador, raised in Germany, Sudan and Colombia and completed parts of his studies in Chile and Thailand. Apart from Aalto University he actively lectures for instance in the University of Alicante in Spain.
Monday 25 Sep | 15-17 | Lecture Hall E
LECTURE 2 DEVELOPMENT POLICY & GLOBAL GOALS, Suvi Virkkunen, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Ms. Suvi Virkkunen works as a Senior Adviser for the department for development policy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Wednesday 27 Sep | 10-12 | Lecture Hall U1
LECTURE 3 REGIONAL CONFLICTS, Juha Pyykönen, Security Analysis (SecAn)
Brigadier general Juha Pyykönen is a security analyst and licentiate in Political Sciences.
Monday 2 Oct | 15-17 | Lecture Hall E
LECTURE 4 POVERTY ALLEVIATION, Sara Lindeman, New Global, Aalto University / Hanken
Sara Lindeman is a resercher at CERS, Center for Relationship Marketing and Service Management at Hanken School of Economics.
Sara's doctoral research focuses on market practices in subsistence contexts. Her research takes a multidimensional view on business for poverty reduction. Sara lectures on Branding at the Base-of-the-Pyramid and is project manager for TEKES funded project New Global at Aalto University. Sara has been also teaching at the Aalto field courses in Cambodia and Tanzania.
Wednesday 4 Oct | 10-12 | Lecture Hall U1
LECTURE 5 WATER SECTOR COOPERATION AND HUMANITARIAN AID, Antti Rautavaara, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
- Case WASH Response at Nepal Earthquake
Antti Rautavaara is a senior water adviser at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. His specialties include water sector development cooperation from Ministry for Foreign Affairs, UNICEF, UNDP and consulting companies (incl. water (WASH and IWRM), land management, and private sector development and operations); WASH Emergency Management at UNICEF (ref. Gorkha Earthquake April 2016 in Nepal).
Monday 9 Oct | 15-17 | Lecture Hall E
LECTURE 6 HUMANITARIAN CONSTRUCTION, Matti Kuittinen, Ministry of the Environment
Architect, D.Sc. Matti Kuittinen is focusing his research on the environmental impacts of humanitarian construction. He has worked in Haiti and Japan and participated into the development of the environmental policies in the field. Kuittinen teaches on several courses related to sustainable construction at Aalto University. He is also taking the research into practice in his office Kombi Architects Ltd. Currently Dr. Kuittinen works at the Ministry of the Environment at the Buildings and Construction unit.
Wednesday 11 Oct | 10-12 | ONLINE
LECTURE 7 NO CLASS-ROOM LECTURE! BUT, INSTEAD: Watch three online lectures from UN-Habitat Urban Lecture series and reflect in your EXTRA blog (DL 18 Oct).
Monday 16 Oct | 15-17 | Lecture Hall E
LECTURE 8 ENVIRONMENTAL HANDPRINT - FOCUS ON WATER, Joseph Guillaume, Aalto Water&Development Research Group
Dr. Guillaume is a Postdoc Fellow at the Aalto University's Water and Development Research Group. His main research interests is the role of uncertain predictions and models in global and local water resource management, including global water scarcity and global food security.
Wednesday 18 Oct | 10-12 | Lecture Hall U1
LECTURE 9 URBANISATION, INEQUALITIES AND VIOLENCE IN LATIN AMERICA, Florencia Quesada, University of Helsinki
Florencia Quesada is a research fellow in the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies at the University of Helsinki (UH). She is also Adjunct Professor in Latin American Studies and in Development Studies (2015-2018)(UH). >> more at UH webpages
Dr. Quesada has carried out primary research in Guatemala, Honduras, and Costa Rica, and in archives in France, Spain, and the United States. She has more than twenty years of experience as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Costa Rica, at the Department of Education at the Museums of the Central Bank of Costa Rica and in the past 15 years at the University of Helsinki. Quesada has published on Central American urban cultural and architectural history, planning and sustainable tourism.
Wednesday 25 Oct| 10-12 | Lecture room E [NOTE NEW DATE & TIME]
LECTURE 10 DESIGN AS FREEDOM, Claudia Garduño, Design Your Action
During her MA studies in Aalto University, Dr. Garduño participated in Aalto LAB Shanghai, belonging to the very first team of LABBERS. She saw so much potential in it that got the idea of taking Aalto LAB to Mexico, and making it the case study of her doctoral work "Design as Freedom”. The dissertation explores freedom as an alternative driving principle for design and develops a co-design process that aims for the mutual empowerment of participant end-users and designers. Aalto LAB Mexico is an ongoing project and will be one of the SGT studio projects in spring term 2018.
This course is compulsory for all Creative Sustainability Master's students
This course is prerequisite course for the following courses:
- WAT-E2060 Sustainable Built Environment (5 cr, period II)
- WAT-E2070 Sustainable Global Technologies (SGT) Studio (10 cr, periods III-V)
- ARK-E2007 Interplay of Cultures, Studio (10 cr, periods III-V)
Course is also highly recommended for these courses:
- 21E10000 - How to change the world: Innovating toward sustainability
- IDBM Industry Project (the developing country case study)