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June 2020

News and Highlights

UniPID News & Events
  • The UniPID Coordination Unit is moving. On the 27th of May the UniPID Board decided that the Coordination Unit will move from the University of Jyväskylä to the University of Helsinki, starting from January 2021. At the core of UniPID's new strategy (2020-2025) is the call for strengthening the ownership of member universities and enhancing the societal impact of the network. In this spirit, the UniPID Board considered the network’s principle of circulation and the opportunities to strengthen the policy dialogue as solid grounds for their decision to transfer the network coordination to the University of Helsinki. The UniPID Board is grateful for the University of Jyväskylä’s 15 years of coordinating the network and for the strong support from the university leadership and administration, which has offered the network a solid and rich foundation. UniPID’s activities will continue in Helsinki guided by the UniPID Board, which consists of representatives from all nine member universities and two observer members, each offering their unique contribution and perspective to UniPID’s work. Read the full notice here
  • UniPID introduces four new virtual studies courses. The Virtual Studies Call for Course Proposals 2020 attracted 18 high quality proposals, out of which the UniPID Virtual Studies working group selected four courses. In this year's call special attention was given to proposals that address the role of climate change in sustainable development, especially in the Global South, as well as courses produced in collaboration with the course providers’ partners in the Global South. See the the new courses here.
  • The Coordination Unit wishes you happy summer holidays! The whole office will be on holidays from the 27th of July until the 7th of August. However, the team will be spending most of their holidays intermittently, so that in urgent matters there is usually someone reading the email address. The next UniPID Newsletter will be coming out in August.
News on UniPID's FinCEAL Plus BRIDGES activities


Funding Opportunities
Academy Project Funding 2020, all research fields. Call opens 1 September 2020. Academy of Finland. Deadline: 30 September 2020. 

Green energy revolution powered by global South.

Universities not ready for online learning – U-Multirank. University World News.

Economics of Climate Adaptation: Identifying Cost-effective Adaptation Measures to Climate Change. IISD SDG Knowledge Hub. 


We need to reimagine higher education, not just repair it. University World News.

Will the Corona crisis bring the academia together or will unequal education tear the field apart (in Finnish). Team Finland Knowledge Blog. 

Researchers must improve the working conditions for local collaborators. EADI Blog.

Resilience is not just a buzzword brought up by the Corona crisis in Africa, it is simply retro (in Finnish). Team Finland Knowledge Blog. 


Environmental collaboration and conflict resolution (ECCR Summer Course). UEF Online course. 17-21 August 2020. Apply by 15 June 2020.

The UniPID Virtual Studies Course Catalogue will be updated over the summer. Keep an eye out for information on course offerings in falll 2020.

Upcoming Webinars

How is COVID-19 changing development? WIDER Webinar series. UNU-WIDER. 15 June and 30 June 2020.

EU Development Policy Post 2020: norms and contestation. EADI/ISS Webinar Series. 16 June 2020.

Gender and development in Myanmar. EADI Webinar. 17 June 2020.

China, the EU, and Western aid norms. A case study on Ethiopia. EADI/ISS Webinar Series. 22 June 2020.

Rethinking civil society in promoting solidarity and social change in constrained settings. EADI/ISS Webinar Series. 29 June 2020.
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