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Arctic Railway Plans Between Finland and Norway and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

Date: Thursday, 06 September 2018
Time: 16:00 - 17:30 (UTC +3)
Place: University of Helsinki, Konsistori Hall, 2nd floor of main building (Fabianinkatu 33)

Convenor: Hanken School of Economics, University of Helsinki (Tiina Jääskeläinen, Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen, Kukka Ranta)
Access: Public

This panel discussion addresses Arctic environment, Indigenous peoples' rights and megaprojects in the Arctic region, focusing on the plans of the rail line plans between Finland and Norway. The event addresses the current status of improvement plans for better accessibility and logistics. The plan between Oulu and Kirkenes has been presented as less costly in the study by transportation agencies. We ask, what is the role of local and Indigenous people’s participation in the study and decision-making processes? How to guarantee free prior and informed consent (FPIC) and indigenous peoples' rights? What are the impacts of the railway to the Sámi traditional knowledge and livelihoods? How will the railway affect Arctic environment and the lives of nonhumans? And, finally, how is "development" measured in the Arctic?

Invited panelists:
• Tiina Sanila-Aikio, President of the Sámi Parliament
• Kai Kokko, Professor of Environmental Law, University of Helsinki
• Tero Vauraste, Chair of the Arctic Economic Council
• Local representatives from Sámi associations, through video
• Anni Rimpiläinen, The Finnish Transport Agency

Tiina Jääskeläinen, Doctoral student, Hanken School of Economics, Centre for Corporate Responsibility (CCR)
Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen, Assistant Professor, University of Helsinki, Indigenous Studies
Kukka Ranta, Doctoral student and journalist, University of Helsinki

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COREvents #2:

Using collaborative knowledge practices in environmental planning and decision-making

How is trust in expertise generated and lost in environmental policy? How to overcome challenges in democratising environmental expertise? Why is joint fact-finding useful in complex planning and decision-making processes and how to apply it in practice?
The second COREvent explores the potential of inclusive knowledge practices to bridge the gap between science and environmental policy making and create a shared knowledge base that different actors consider relevant and reliable.
Three leading scholars, Prof. Susan Owens (Cambridge University, UK), Prof. Esther Turnhout (Wageningen University, the Netherlands) and Prof. Masahiro Matsuura (Meiji University, Japan) will share their insights on the ways to improve science-policy interface and broaden knowledge communities in environmental planning and policy-making context. You are warmly welcome to join the event!
Date: 4 September, 2018, 15:00-18:00
Place: Auditorium Laulujoutsen, 1st floor, The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Mechelininkatu 34a, Helsinki
Prof. Susan Owens: Trust in Expertise for Environmental Policy
Prof. Esther Turnhout: Democratising environmental expertise: challenges and opportunities at the science-policy-society interface
Prof. Masahiro Matsuura: Linking contested expert knowledge to collaborative governance: joint fact-finding

No registration is needed.

Susan Owens is Emeritus Professor of Environment and Policy and Fellow Emerita of Newnham College, University of Cambridge. She has researched and published widely in the field of environmental governance. Her current projects are concerned with relations between science and politics, and with the role of argument, evidence, ideas and advice in policy formation and change. She has also worked extensively on interpretations of sustainable development in theory and practice, and has theorised connections between environmental planning conflicts (especially those concerned with contentious technologies and infrastructures) and developments in wider domains of public policy.
Esther Turnhout is Full Professor at the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Her research program The Politics of Environmental Knowledge includes research into the different roles experts play at the science policy interface, the political implications of policy relevant knowledge, and the participation of citizens in environmental knowledge making, also known as citizen science. Current research focuses on the UN Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), wildlife management and invasive species, auditing practices in forest management and the production of transparency and traceability in global value chains.
Masahiro Matsuura is Professor at the Graduate School of Governance Studies, Meiji University, Japan. He is also the head of Democracy Design Lab, a non-profit organization for promoting democratic engagements in Japan, and one of the co-founders of Consensus Building in Asia, a network of practitioners and scholars interested in collaborative processes in Asia. His research interests include the theory and practice of consensus building, negotiation and deliberative democracy in the urban and environmental planning sectors.

Join the discussion in social media: #corestn, #yhteishallinta, #strateginentutkimus
The invitation is online here
COREvents is a series of open discussions, lectures and workshops organised by CORE project, funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland. CORE explores the potential of collaborative approaches to environmental planning and decision-making, with the mission to facilitate a collaborative turn in Finland.


The Political Ontology of Corporate Responsibility research
on Wednesday August 15 from 09:30 to 11:30hrs
at Hanken School of Economics, Arkadiankatu 22, 00100 Helsinki
Room A411


Agenda of the seminar:

•    "Alliances: Interests in Common that are not the same interest", Marisol de la Cadena, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California  (1)
•    “Engaging ethnographically with diverging interpretations of scientific indeterminacy: Fishers' and scientists' worlds”. Liina-Maija Quist, Post-doctoral researcher, University of Helsinki (2)
•    “Emotional and embodied connections with research subjects in the process of research”. Tiina Jääskeläinen, doctoral researcher, Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics (3)
•    “Methodological reflections on CSR research in the borderlands of absences and presences”. Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes, post-doctoral researcher, Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics (4)

•    Discussion with the audience

The context in which Corporate Responsibility research is located is often immersed in multiple diverging and at times conflicting ontologies. How do we as researchers relate, make sense and construct research about the worlds of these non-modern others? Whose ontologies are given preferences in the analysis and in the final outcome of our work? Together with one of the most renowned researchers on the topic of ‘Political Ontology’, Professor Marisol de la Cadena from University of California, we invite you to this seminar to jointly reflect on the implications of the ontological politics of our work.
Fom left to right: Tiina, Maria, Liina Maija and Marisol


About the speakers:
(1)    Marisol de la Cadena is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California.  Her research interests are located at the interface between STS and non-STS, and they include the study politics, multispecies (or multi-entities) relations, indigeneity, history and the a-historical, world anthropologies and the anthropologies of worlds. In all these areas, her concern is the relationship between concepts and methods, and interfaces as analytical sites. Her recent book Earth Beings. Ecologies of Practice Across Andean Worlds (2015) is based on conversations with two Quechua speaking men that lived in Cuzco (Peru). Through these conversations they think together about life at the intriguing crossroads where modern politics (and history) and earth-beings (and the ahistorical) meet and diverge, thus exceeding each other. The book is an ethnography concerned with the concreteness of incommensurability and the eventfulness of the ahistorical.
(2)    Liina Maija Quist is a post-doctoral researcher in Environmental Policy at the Univeristy of Helsinki. Her research focuses on coastal and marine resource governance and socio-environmental conflicts. In her PhD (2018) she examined how shifting logics of governance compete with local environmental knowledges, fragmented subaltern networks and media narratives in an environmental conflict in the Gulf of Mexico.
(3)    Tiina Jääskeläinen is currently a doctoral student at Hanken School of Economics with a Master degree in Geography from University of Helsinki. Her PhD focuses on the Sámi ways of life and disruptions to livelihood-based futures in the assembling of ´new´ Arctic. Her research interests include epistemological pluralism, decoloniality, indigenous peoples´ rights, environmental governance and conflicts, corporate responsibility.
(4)    Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes is a post-doctoral researcher at University of Tampere and Hanken School of Economics. Her research focus on a broad spectrum of corporate-community relations in the forestry sector in South America, as well as the sustainability of self-organised local food networks in the Nordic context.


COREvents #1: Collaboration and conflict resolution in environmental decision-making - why is it needed and what makes it work?

How could today’s complex and controversial problems such as those related to land use, energy or use of natural resources be solved wisely and fairly?

COREvents #1 provided international insights in why collaboration and conflict resolution is needed and what makes it work. See the video here!

In this first COREvent, two world class experts on collaboration, prof. Pieter Glasbergen (Netherlands) and prof. Michael Brown (Canada), will share their knowledge on how good results have been achieved by adoption of specific collaborative approaches to planning and decision-making.

In Finland, the potential of such approaches is underused. What could we learn from international practice?

Date: 29 May, 2018, 13:00-16:00

Place: The Swedish School of Economics (Hanken), Auditorium Futurum, Arkadiankatu 22, Helsinki


Prof. Michael Brown (1), Consensus Building Institute: Mediation and Collaborative Dialogue: Tools to Address Natural Resource Disputes

Prof. Pieter Glasbergen (2), Utrecht University and the Netherlands Open University: Foundations of the Partnership Paradigm and Beyond

Comments from organisations operating in the field of environmental governance in Finland (to be confirmed)

(1) Michael Brown is Director of the Consensus Building Institute’s Canada Practice, Professor of Practice in Natural Resource Conflict Mediation at McGill University, and former Senior Mediation Expert in Natural Resource and Land Conflicts for the United Nations Standby Mediation Team. For more than 25 years, he has worked on conflict prevention, mediation, and stakeholder engagement regarding natural resources, land, environmental issues, and matters involving local or indigenous communities. He works on projects and disputes, institutional capacity, systems design, and policy. He has lived and worked internationally for many years, and held numerous leadership and senior advisory positions with the United Nations and other international organizations. His work is focused largely on international and Canadian projects.

(2) Pieter Glasbergen is emeritus Professor of Environmental Studies; Policy and Management at Utrecht University and the Netherlands Open University. Since 2011 he is honorary professor Governance for Sustainable Development at Maastricht University. His research focus is on governance for sustainable development. The articles, reports, and books that he published include both theoretical studies on policy and governance and applied policy research. His main research is on global cross-sector partnerships for sustainable development. He was the first professor of environmental policy in the Netherlands. He chairs the Maastricht-Utrecht-Nijmegen Program on Partnerships ( and is the founder of several teaching programmes and research program Governance for Sustainable Development at Utrecht University. Besides academic positions he has experience as a council member and vice-mayor in the city of Culemborg.


“Responsible meta-organisations”

on March 20 from 10:00 to 11:30hrs

at Hanken School of Economics, room A411

Agenda of the seminar:

  • Co-constructing ethics in the crowdfunding sector: the case of a meta-organization, by Heloise Berkowitz, researcher at CNRS (UMR5303) Toulouse School of Management-Research (1)

  • Central employer associations and the challenge of meta-organisational legitimacy, by Ville-Pekka Sorsa, Assistant Professor at Hanken School of Economics (2)

  • Dynamics of Meta-organization: a case analysis, by Sanne Bor, researcher at Vaasa University and Hanken School of Economics (3)

  • Discussion with the audience

About the speakers:

(1) Héloïse Berkowitz has a Phd in management from Ecole Polytechnique and graduated from Sorbonne in history, HEC Paris in the Programme Grande Ecole and CEMS Alliance in International Management. She was a visiting scholar at Columbia University, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions, and Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals. Her research deals with transitions to sustainability, with a focus on sectoral governance and collective action among organizations (meta-organizations), in various empirical settings from natural resources to collaborative economy or ocean sustainability.

(2) Ville-Pekka Sorsa received his doctorate in economic geography from Oxford University. He has also been awarded the Title of Docent in political science (University of Helsinki) and social policy (University of Turku). His research interests include comparative political economy, politics of the corporation and corporate responsibility, and political economy of finance. Ville-Pekka's ongoing projects are: Sustainability challenges of mining in the Nordic countries: the business, politics and society (SUSMINO), 2018-19 and Organization of employers and the representativeness of labour market organizations, 2017-18. He is also chairman of the CCR Board and editor-in-chief of Poliittinen talous / Finnish Review of Political Economy.

(3) Sanne Bor received her doctorate in management and organisation from Hanken School of Economics and is currently a post-doctoral researcher at Hanken School of Economics in the project “Collaborative remedies for fragmented societies - Facilitating the collaborative turn in environmental decision-making” (CORE) funded by the Strategic Research Council. Her research interests include meta-organization theory, and topics within the field of inter-organizational relations related to governance and management, accountability, resourcing patterns, and membership. Sanne is also interested in topics related to self-steering and collective decision-making more generally.