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UniPID Newsletter

October 2018

News and Highlights

UniPID News & Events
    • UniPID Coordinator: UniPID is looking for someone to lead the UniPID Coordination for a year! The job posting is in Finnish since Finnish skills are a requirement of the position. Deadline for applications is 31st October 2018. Read more about the open position and find a link for the application on our website.
    • UniPID Lecturer: UniPID and University of Helsinki are looking for a university lecturer in development studies to lead the pedagogic and content development of UniPID's Virtual Studies programme. Deadline for applications 6th November. Read the job posting and apply at the University of Helsinki website. 
  • The following UniPID Virtual Studies courses are open for registrations or still upcoming:
  • UniPID launches a call to support the fieldwork for Master’s theses on global development issues. The grants of up to 1000 euros will be awarded to individuals who are in the process of collecting data and writing their Master’s theses and whose thesis process would benefit from a travel grant to a destination outside Finland. Read more at our website. 
  • UniPID Seminar Grant application round for 2019 is now open! The grants, worth up to 2000 euros, will be awarded to a UniPID member university, which is organizing or co-organizing a development-related seminar to be held in 2019. Further information here.
  • Rolling call for UniPID DocNet membership open! If you are a doctoral student dealing with development topics or themes, consider applying for DocNet membership. More information and application form can be found here.
News on UniPID's FinCEAL Plus activities News from our members and collaborators
  • Public Symposium of Contemporary Slavery organized in Think Corner, University of Helsinki, on 8 November 2018 14:00-16:00. The symposium, organized by the discipline of development studies, begins with a public lecture by professor Kevin Bales titled Unlocking the Science of Slavery. No registration is required. Check the event on Facebook here. 
  • The Finnish Society for Development Research (FSDR) Development Days conference “Repositioning global development: changing actors, geographies and ontologies” takes place from 27 February to 1 March 2019 in Helsinki. It will feature three keynote speakers, which will be announced in due course. The call for sessions can be read here, and further information found here. Deadline for the call for session proposals is 31 October 2018. 

Job / Research Opportunities

UniPID coordinator, one-year fixed term (in Finnish). University of Jyväskylä. Deadline: 31 October 2018. 

Development Cooperation Expert (in Finnish). WWF. Deadline: 31 October 2018. 

Intern for Plan International's immigration-focused activities. Plan International. Deadline: 5 November 2018. 

UniPID Lecturer: University lecturer in development studies. University of Helsinki. Deadline: 6 November 2018.

PhD Opportunity for Africa-based researchers in Health Sciences. University of Turku. No deadline. 


FinCEAL Plus Asia Call for Experts for Singapore-Finland Research Seminar on Metabolic Diseases in Singapore. Deadline: 29 October 2018.  

Call for Sessions: FSDR Development Days 2019. Deadline: 31 October 2018. 

Call for proposals: Joint Nordic-UK Migration and Integration Research Programme. Pre-proposal deadline 15 November 2018. 

Call for Participation: Critical academic perspectives on scholarship in the social sciences – How do we “know” the world? Deadline: 27 November 2018. 

Call for papers: IST-Africa 2019. Deadline: 15 December 2018. 

Call for Abstracts: 2nd International Conference by The West Network. Deadline: 6 January 2019. 

Funding Opportunities

Nordic Centre in India travel grants. Deadline: 30 October 2018. 

UniPID travel grants to support Master's thesis fieldwork. Deadline: 11 November 2018. 

UniPID Seminar Grant Call for 2019. Deadline: 16 November 2018.

Academy of Finland and its partners offer various grants to researchers (in Finnish). Deadlines: various.

Horizon 2020 Calls, Deadlines: various.


Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018 published. World Bank Group.

Ethiopia has named its first female head of state. Quartz Africa. 

University of Eastern Finland deepens education collaboration between Finland and Kazakstan (in Finnish). UEF. 

Promoting and strengthening entrepreneurship among the Finnish-African community. Think Africa. 

Model shows pathway to feeding the World.

Climate science gets precise enough for legal action.

World Bank Group Launches Fund to Catalyze High-Impact SDG Initiatives. IISD SDG Knowledge Hub.  

Generation 2030: Our Last Whale and Other Adventures: Trying to Build a Sustainable World. IISD SDG Knowledge Hub. 
Upcoming Events - Finland
Land degradation neutrality: a realistic initiative or a mirage. 7 November 2018. Helsinki, Finland. 

Responsible Organising #2. 13 November 2018. Helsinki, Finland. register here by 7 November 2018. 

Symposium on Contemporary Slavery. 8 November 2018. Helsinki, Finland.

Development Days 2019: Repositioning global development - changing actors, geographies and ontologies. 27 February - 1 March 2019. Helsinki, Finland.

Upcoming Events - International 

G-STIC 2018 - The Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Conference. 27-30 November 2018. 

1st Workshop of the PRE-LEAP-RE H2020. First Week of December. 


World of migration course (in Finnish). 17 November-15 December 2018. Opintokeskus Visio. 

Basic course on Humanitarian Law (in Finnish). 24-25 November 2018. Turku, Finland. Register here by 18 November. 

Online Certificate on Education for Sustainable Development 2019. 16 January-19 June 2019. Earth Charter Initiative. 

Leadership for Sustainable Change online course provided. Free enrollment. University of Helsinki and University of Tampere. 

DEVCO Academy courses and online learning resources. Provided by the European Commission. 

New Publications

World Development Report 2019. World Bank Group. October 2018.

Social Protection, Food Security and Nutrition in Six African Countries. Institute of Development Studies. October 2018. 

Transformations to Sustainability. Institute of Development Studies. September 2018.

Job Creation and Local Economic Development 2018. OECD. September 2018.

INGOs Relocating to the Global South. Institute of Development Studies. September 2018. 

The ice is broken, what's next? How the EU and middle-income countries work together on climate change. ECDPM. September 2018. 

Fair Progress? Economic Mobility Across Generations Around the World. World Bank Group. September 2018.

Advancing the Impossible? Progress of the joint African, European and international response to the migration crisis in Libya. ECDPM. September 2018. 

Working with the grain of African integration. ECDPM. September 2018. 

Policy coherence for agricultural transformation in African least developed countries (LDCs). FAO and ECDPM. August 2018. 

Stepping Up Finland's Global Role in Education. Ministry of Foreign Affairs. August 2018.
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