Welcome to State of the World and Development course!
This course gives an 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.
To get study credits (2 ECTS) you should register to Yhd-12.3081 in WebOodi.
To pass the course and gain the credits, you should attend minimum of 80% of the lectures and submit a written assignment during the course. More information about the writing task will be provided on the Assignments page.
All possible changes to the lecture programme will be updated here in MyCourses front page.
All lectures are held on Mondays and Thursdays at 14:15 at lecture hall E (Otakaari 1). All lecturers are invited guest speakers, so please be on time.
Lecture 1 | Monday 14 Sep
DESIGN AS FREEDOM, Claudia Garduño (Aalto ARTS + Aalto LAB Mexico)
During her MA studies in Aalto University, Claudia 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”. Claudia is in the process of finalizing her PhD thesis in Aalto. Aalto LAB Mexico is an ongoing project and will be one of the SGT studio projects in spring term 2016.
Lecture 2 | Thursday 17 Sep
DEVELOPMENT POLICY & DEVELOPMENT AID, Suvi Virkkunen (MfFA)
Ms. Suvi Virkkunen works as a Senior Adviser for the department for development policy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Lecture 3 | Monday 21 Sep
FUZU - Social empowerment in the framework of growth business. Jussi Impiö
Jussi Impiö is researcher, innovator and an entrepreneur with an extensive experience in management of complex R&D projects in the context of developing countries, especially in Africa. His professional career of 17 years has been a combination of hands-on user research in the field, product development and commercialization of products of different type and management of expert teams, networks of partners and complex processes.
Recently Jussi has lived and worked in Nairobi for 5 years as a founder and leader of multisite Nokia Research Center. Now working as a founder and COO of Fuzu LTD, developing ground-breaking skill and career building and talent finding mobile service, especially designed for rapidly growing African job markets needs, with low education levels and high rates of unemployment.
Lecture 4 | Thursday 24 Sep
POVERTY Sara Lindeman (Hanken, Aalto New Global)
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 the new TEKES funded project New Global. Sara has been also teaching at the Aalto field courses in Cambodia and Tanzania.
Lecture 5 | Monday 28 Sep
ENERGY - Demand for Technology, Peter Lund (Aalto SCI)
Prof Peter Lund Peter Lund is Professor in Advanced Energy Systems (Eng. Physics) at Aalto University Finland since 1998(1992-98 Assoc.Prof). His areas of specialization are new and renewable energy systems and technologies; Energy and innovation; Sustainable energy policy.
Lecture 6 | Thursday 1 Oct
CLIMATE CHANGE, Philipp Schmidt-Thomé (GTK)
Dr. Philipp Schmidt-Thomé is a researcher 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 hydrogeology 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.
Lecture 7 | Monday 5 Oct
FOOD & WATER, Matti Kummu (Aalto University, Water & Development Research Group)
Mr. Kummu is an Assistant Professor at the Aalto University department of civil and environmental engineering. His main research interests are interactions between human activities and water resources, spatial analysis in water resources field from local to global scale, climatic and direct human impacts on hydrology and sediment transport in Monsoon Asia and global water scarcity and its impact on food production and availability.
Lecture 8 | Thursday 8 Oct
URBAN DEVELOPMENT, Florencia Quesada, University of Helsinki
Dr. Florencia Quesada is an Adjunct Professor in Latin American Studies and now also in Development Studies at the Department of Political and Economic Studies at the University of Helsinki.
She 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 as member of several Latin American and European networks, such as the "Youth, Culture and Social Inclusion” network coordinated by Interarts, Barcelona, and the risk and vulnerability network "Social Strategies for Prevention and Adaptation”, coordinated by the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS), México.
Quesada has published on Central American urban history planning and sustainable tourism; her latest book: "La modernización entre cafetales. San José, Costa Rica, 1880-1930”, was awarded the best book on history in 2011 by the Academy of Geography and History of Costa Rica.
Lecture 9 | Monday 12 Oct
HUMAN RIGHTS - CHILDREN IN FOCUS, Irene Leino & Saara Frestadius (Unicef Finland)
Lecture 10 | Thursday 15 Oct
HOUSING & LAND RIGHTS IN URBANISED REGIONS, Bidemi Coker
Bidemi is a research consultant and doctoral student in Social and public policy at the University of Jyväskylä. Her PhD focuses on socialised housing programmes for squatters in mega cities in the south.
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