EXALT Conference 2021 sought to draw together diverse critical analyses of the phenomena of global extractivisms and the myriad alternatives being actively pursued in both theory and practice. It was the intention of this conference to contribute to, expand, and deepen the concept of extractivism and the role of alternatives beyond the conventional usage connected to natural resources. We hoped to catalyze and facilitate inter- and transdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration therefore we invited researchers of all academic career-levels to join the discussion.

Ses­sion re­cord­ings:

EXALT Conference 2021: Andréa Zhouri's plenary talk

The first session of EXALT Conference 2021 was a plenary talk given by Professor of Anthropology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Andréa Zhouri, titled "Liberal environmentalism and anti-environmentalism in Brazil: from slow to raw violence".

EXALT Conference 2021: Robin Broad's and John Cavanagh's plenary talk

The second plenary talk of EXALT Conference 2021 was given by Professor of International Development at American University’s School of International Service Robin Broad and Senior Advisor at IPS John Cavanagh. Broad and Cavnagh discussed their book Water Defenders and their research and involvement in over a decade-long struggle by water defenders to ban mining and to save their water and their communities in El Salvador.

EXALT Conference 2021: Lochner Marais's plenary talk

The third plenary talk at EXALT Conference 2021 was given by Professor of Development Studies at the Centre for Development Support at the University of the Free State (UFS), Lochner Marais, titled "Place attachment, housing policy and mining in SA: critical perspectives".

EXALT Conference 2021: Deborah McGregor's plenary talk

The last plenary talk at EXALT Conference 2021 was given by Deborah McGregor who is an Associate Professor and holds a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice at Osgoode Law School and Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. The title of McGregor's talk is 'Indigenous climate leadership in Canada: A discussion on Reconciliation, Justice, and nature-based solutions'. Indigenous leadership forms an essential part of achieving climate justice in Canada. Involvement of Indigenous peoples necessitates dialogue on rights, governance, knowledges, justice, legal traditions and coexistence with nature. McGregor's presentation explores how these themes merge to generate a path forward for nourishing planetary health.

October 5, 2021

What is Indigenous womens' role in self-governance, self-determination and autonomy building? This forum brought different knowledges from Finland, Sápmi, and Mexico to discuss womens' contributions to self-determination, self-governance, and autonomy building. These processes are also closely linked and intersect with education, well-being, environmental justice, language, and cultural heritage. The speakers of the forum shared their experiences in collectivity- and communality-building as well as gender equality in Indigenous societies. How have speakers’ own practices and methodologies been drawn from or impacted communality- and collectivity-building in Indigenous societies? From women’s perspectives, how have they impacted transformation and health in Indigenous territories and of Indigenous societies?

Speakers included, Helga West, Irja Seurujärvi-Kari, Eija Ranta, and Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen. Five Indigenous women guests from Mexico will comment on the panelists, which will be followed by a Q&A and collective discussion.

  • Helga West is a doctoral researcher in Theology, from Sápmi and also a poet.
  • Irja Seurujärvi-Kari is associated researcher in Global Indigenous studies and emerita lecturer in Sámi studies. She has extensive experience leading and participating in Indigenous movements and her doctoral dissertation focused on Sámi nation building.
  • Eija Ranta is an Academy of Finland research fellow, and she has worked with Indigenous societies in Bolivia.
  • Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen is associate professor in Indigenous studies, and has carried out community-based research in Brazilian Amazonia, especially with two Indigenous nations.

The event was organised by University of Helsinki Indigenous Studies and the Global Extractivisms and Alternatives Initiative (EXALT) in collaboration with Armadillo Collective Finland. This activity was funded by the Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID).


July 15, 2021

One of EXALT's contributors University of Helsinki researcher of Global Development studies Eija Ranta gave a presentation on "Learning from Indigenous views of quality of life in Latin America" at the Reimagining 'Quality of Life' and 'Social Wellbeing': Indigenous Perspectives About Quality of Life online workshops hosted by New Economy Network Australia (NENA) and the University of Newcastle (UoN). Ranta sheds light on some comparisons between diverse indigenous experiences and on possible similarities and differences. She gives examples of indigenous quality of life and wellbeing by referring to the work of Sámi indigenous scholars in Finland. You can find the online workshop in its full length on NENA's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXH2IWGl338


May 20, 2021 16-17.30 GMT 

EXALT got to host a book launch for Our Extractive Age: Expressions of Violence and Resistance edited by Judith Shapiro and John-Andrew McNeish. The event included an introduction by the editors, short interventions by the chapter authors, and an interactive Q&A session with the audience.

Our Extractive Age emphasizes how the spectrum of violence associated with natural resource extraction permeates contemporary collective life. It records the increasing rates of brutal suppression of local environmental and labor activists in rural and urban sites of extraction and recognizes related violence in areas we might not expect. Contributors argue that extractive violence—visible, symbolic, and structural—is not an accident or side effect, but rather it is a core logic of the 21st century planetary experience. This book also explores how much of the new violence of extraction has become cloaked in the discourse of "green development," "green building," and “green technologies,” which often depend on the continuance of social exploitation and the contaminating practices of non-renewable extraction. The volume also presents that resistance is as multi-scalar and heterogeneous as the violence it inspires.

Find the Open Access book here.


May 18, 2021, 12.15 – 14 EEST (UTC+3)

EXALT hosted a session called “Extractivisms and Alternatives” at the Sustainability Science Days organized by Aalto Sustainability and Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS). This session was a robust exploration of renewables, recycling, and new tech developments that could help to address the current forms of destructive and unsustainable extraction of raw materials.

The topic of extractivism is gaining more importance as a new key concept that helps to understand, at a deeper level, the causes of destructive resource extractive projects and overall political economic models built on this extractivist paradigm. There is a growing debate around how to find alternatives to destructive extractive processes, and how to identify and implement alternative ways to provide raw materials and create sustainable livelihoods and production processes. The Extractivisms and Alternatives -session will focus on unsustainable extraction practices and the technological and political solutions that stand as alternatives in the face of extractivism. The session creates opportunities for dialogue and development of common vocabularies across disciplines.

Session conveners

Associate professor Markus Kröger, Doctoral Student Sophia Hagolani-Albov, Postdoctoral Researcher Ossi Ollinaho (University of Helsinki)

Assistant Professor Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio (Aalto University)

Speakers and their presentation titles

Circular textile economy: social and environmental synergies or tradeoffs? Anna Härri, Helena Dahlbo, and Jarkko Levänen

Critical factors for enhancing the circular economy in waste management, Hanna Salmenperä, Kati Pitkänen, Petrus Kautto and Laura Saikku

Reusing mine tailings as cemented paste backfill material (CPB), Soili Solismaa and Tommi Kauppila

Saving the Environment by Being Green with Fintech: exploring the contradictions between environmentalism and reality in the case of Ant Forest, Zeng Zhen

Exploring Kiertovalu, Tommi Sappinen

Why is agroforestry not expanding but industrial monocultures are expanding in Brazil?, Markus Kröger and Ossi Ollinaho

April 29, 2021, 14-15.15 EEST (UTC +3)

EXALT's book discussion about Markus Kröger’s recent book Iron Will: Global Extractivism and Mining Resistance in Brazil and India, which explored the role of extractivist policies, their global significance and the local efforts to resist them, in the context of iron ore mining in Brazil and India. To discuss his book Kröger was joined by Professor Alf Nilsen and Sakshi Aravind.

Iron Will: Global Extractivism and Mining Resistance in Brazil and India lays bare the role of extractivist policies and efforts to resist these policies through a deep ethnographic exploration of globally important iron ore mining in Brazil and India. It also addresses resistance strategies to extractivism and tracks their success, or lack thereof, through a comparison of peaceful and armed resource conflicts, explaining how different means of resistance arise. Using the distinctly different contexts and political systems of Brazil and India highlights the importance of local context for resistance. 

Markus Kröger is an Associate Professor of Global Development Studies at the University of Helsinki and a research fellow at the Academy of Finland. Alf Nilsen is professor of sociology at the University of Pretoria and a scholar of social movements, political economy, and global development. Sakshi Aravind is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, working on Indigenous Environmental Justice in Australia, Brazil, and Canada.



April 8, 2021 11.00 – 12.15 EDT (UTC -4)

EXALT hosted a roundtable discussion on Global Extractivisms at the ISA Annual Convention #ISA2021. This event included a rousing discussion and exploration of global extractivisms.

The panelists study the extractive nature of renewable energy megaprojects, agroforestry, world politics, resistance to extractivisms, and data/intellectual extractivism. 

Panelist in the session included:

March 26, 2021 11.00 – 12.00 EET

Contributors to EXALT gave a talk called "Our Extractive Age: Exploring Extractivisms" at HELSUS Brown Bag Lunch event hosted by Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science. The presentation was drawn from our co-authored work in chapters 1 and 9 from the forthcoming Routledge book Our Extractive Age: Expressions of Violence and Resistance, which will be published in May 2021. 

Extractivism characterizes the modern era. Since the 2000s extractivisms have intensified, becoming ever-more global, propelled by land and resource rushes. Whether we realize or not, extractivisms deeply shape our experience of everyday life. We conceptualize extractivism here as, “a particular way of thinking and the properties and practices organized towards the goal of maximizing benefit through extraction, which brings in its wake violence and destruction.” On the academic front, the use of the concept of extractivism has expanded from mining to new arenas like agriculture, forestry, finance, and even the digital. This presentation provides a brief introduction to the complex web of extractivisms, where data and the digital intersect with natural resource extractivisms and provoke resistances to these processes and underlying ideological and historically-situated logics.


Christopher Chagnon is a PhD candidate in Global Development Studies in the Political, Societal, and Regional Change Doctoral Programme (PSRC), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. 

Francesco Durante is a PhD candidate in the Political, Societal, and Regional Change Doctoral Programme (PSRC) in affiliation with the Aleksanteri Institute and Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki.

Sophia E. Hagolani-Albov is a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (DENVI), University of Helsinki.

Saana Hokkanen is a Graduate student in Global Development Studies, University of Helsinki.

Markus Kröger is an Associate Professor of Global Development Studies, University of Helsinki and Academy of Finland.    

Will LaFleur is a PhD candidate in Global Development Studies in the Political, Societal, and Regional Change Doctoral Programme (PSRC), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki.

EXALT at HELSUS Brown Bag Lunch Event

The EXALT Symposium 2020 was a series of convivial online discussions stretching across three days on 21.-23. of October, 2020. The event drew together diverse critical analyses of the phenomena of global extractivisms and the myriad alternatives pursued both in theory and practice. The main aim of the Symposium was to contribute to, expand and deepen the concept of extractivism and the role of alternatives beyond the conventional usage connected to natural resources. The Symposium consisted of a main Roundtable-discussion (see recording below) with some of the world’s leading scholars working on extractivisms, followed by seven sessions (see recordings below) covering different aspects of global extractivisms and alternatives. 

Session recordings:

Opening Plenary: Roundtable Discussion

This Roundtable Discussion was the Opening Plenary session of the EXALT Symposium 2020 organized by the Global Extractivisms and Alternatives Initiative (EXALT) online in October 2020. Though being a concept of our time, extractivism remains elusive of fixed definitions, while research often focuses on individual cases of extractivist practises. The session brought together some of the world’s leading scholars working on extractivisms to discuss, debate, deepen and expand the definitions of extractivism. The session also invited the speakers to discuss their definitions of extractivism, and to explore together different conceptualisations. Speakers: Alexander Dunlap (Centre for Development and Environment, University of Oslo) Eduardo Gudynas (Latin American Center on Social Ecology, CLAES) and Anna Willow (University of Ohio)

Performance: KO:MI - EXALT Symposium

KO:MI is the solo project of Sanna Komi, a musician and a PhD researcher at the University of Helsinki, who uses both research and music as ways to analyse and understand global issues especially related to human-nature relations, oppression and inequalities. Her upcoming second album is themed around the continuation of living and loving during anthropogenic environmental catastrophes. The new songs deal with different emotions from anger to compassion at the face of collective inaction and the structural roots of the current crises, and bring a societally conscious intersectional voice to alternative pop music. Performing live with a looper pedal and effects, KO:MI creates large and evocative soundscapes with just a violin and her voice.

Urbanity and Extractivisms (with Ali Almoghazy and Joe Collins)

The session hosted a discussion with Ali Almoghazy about his research on the tensions and contradictions in and of oil cities. The session also examined other issues related to urbanism and post-extractivist agenda, including (re)theorizing urban development as part of development, underdevelopment, and alternative development, and analyses that deconstruct modernist fossil and nuclear-based urbanism from a theoretical, empirical, and methodological viewpoint. Speakers: Ali Almoghazy (University of Helsinki) Discussant: Joe Collins (University of Sydney) Hosted by: professor Franklin Obeng-Odoom (University of Helsinki)

Colonized By Data: The Costs of Connection (with Nick Couldry and Ulises Mejías)

This session was part of the EXALT Symposium 2020 organized by the Global Extractivisms and Alternatives Initiative (EXALT) held online in October 2020. The talk introduced Nick Couldry and Ulises Mejías' new book, "The Costs of Connection: How Data Colonizes Human Life and Appropriates it for Capitalism" (Stanford University Press, August 2019). Couldry and Mejías argue that the role of data in society needs to be grasped as not only a development of capitalism, but as the start of a new phase in human history that rivals in importance the emergence of historic colonialism. This new "data colonialism" is based not on the extraction of natural resources or labor, but on the appropriation of human life through data, paving the way for a further stage of capitalism.

Transitions to Alternatives

This session was part of the EXALT Symposium 2020 organized by the Global Extractivisms and Alternatives Initiative (EXALT) held online in October 2020. The session examined the organizational practices that shape the transformations needed to build alternative futures in a post-extractive world through cooperative action, and hosted a discussion on activism for climate and social justice in the context of universities. Speakers: Dr. Stephen Healy and Bhavya Chitranshi from Western Sydney University, and professor Molly Anderson with students Zoe Grodsky, Divya Gudur, Hannah Laga Abram, Ivonne Juarez Serna, Cora Kircher, Lucy Weiss and Leif Taranta from Middlebury College. Hosted by: Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes, Galina Kallio and Maxim Vlasov

Arcanes of Terran Reproduction (a perfomance by Mirko Nikolic)

“Arcanes of Terran Reproduction” is an art piece/performance by Mirko Nikolic, which draws on recent proposals which map extractivism as a constitutive logic extending well beyond ‘natural resource’ industries and penetrates many domains of the social, this also implicates that modes of resistance and alternatives-making are correspondingly widely distributed, expansive, pervasive, but also sometimes harder to notice, ’submerged’ (Gómez-Barris, 2017). They take place on factory floors, but also classrooms and households. Following the lead of the frontline struggles and communities, and by conversing with traditions of social reproduction feminism, and feminist and queer materialisms, I summon some lines of work – existing, nascent, prefigurative – towards a transformation of everyday life at the edges of the capital and empire, modes of dismantling extractivism everyday everywhere." Followed by a discussion with Mirko Nikolic, Sophia Hagolani-Albov and Symposium participants.

book launch

This event to launch the book "Beyond the Coal Rush: a Turning Point in Global Energy and Climate Policy" was part of the EXALT Symposium 2020, organized by the Global Extractivisms and Alternatives Initiative (EXALT), held online in October, 2020. The session was a collaboration in launching the new book by James Goodman et al. During the session the authors provided country cases of the ethnographic research in the book.

People's Sov Network

The collaborative session introduced the People's Sovereignty Network by presenting the purpose, methodology and content of the Special Forum "Reclaiming Democracy from Below"published in the Journal Globalizations (2020). The co-editors described the world context which the PSN addresses, the objective of convergence it pursues, and the characteristics that distinguish it: building and learning from people’s concrete struggles and efforts to construct; offering a space and instruments for movements and communities to exchange and learn from each other; experimenting with co-production of knowledge between movements and academic and civil society activists. The introduction was followed by presentations of three of the articles featured in the Special Forum and the methodologies adopted for the co-production of knowledge on themes that emerged from the Siena workshop: ‘Land, territory and commons: voices and visions from struggles’, ‘Rethinking law from below: experiences from the Kuna People and Rojava’, and ‘Releasing the full transformative power of feminism’.

Global Extractivisms (with Julie Ann De Los Reyes, Anja Nygren and Natacha Bruna)

The session examined the politics, political economy, political ecology, and world-ecologies of extractivisms, especially their wider dynamics with case examples from Mozambique and the international gold mining industry. The discussion explored the speakers’ perspective on extractivism and how their research has informed that perspective. Some of the questions explored were: how the presenters respective case study research informs the way they understand extractivism; how their research could influence the theory of extractivism; and what is new in their approach and understanding of the field of extractivism. Speakers: Julie Ann De Los Reyes (University of Kyoto), Anja Nygren (University of Helsinki) and Natacha Bruna (Institute of Social Science at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam). Hosted by: professor Barry Gills and associate professor Markus Kröger

Indigneous Sovereignty, Modernity Projects and Alternatives (with Deborah McGregor)

In the last session of the EXALT Symposium 2020 professor Deborah McGregor (York University, Osgoode Hall Law faculty) gave a talk "Indigenous Peoples, Colonialism and Climate Change Futures" which was followed by a discussion on indigenous sovereignty, modernity, colonialism and alternatives. About professor McGregor's talk: "The current climate crisis is not the first time Indigenous peoples have had to face devastating environmental change. Indigenous peoples have been adapting and finding ways to adapt and be resilient since time immemorial. Indigenous peoples have distinct formations and contributions to make to the dialogue on global environmental/climate crisis as well as critiques of proposed solutions. Drawing on Indigenous governance, legal orders, knowledge systems, how can a self determined future be realized? This presentation will explore Indigenous pathways to envision a self determined climate change future that way inspire others." Speaker: Deborah McGregor Host: Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen Discussants: Hanna Guttorm, Eija Maria Ranta and Paola Minoia


This event (held in 20-21. of October) was a collaboration between EXALT and two doctoral programs from the Faculty Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki to coproduce an online annual conference as a pre-conference to the EXALT Symposium 2020. EXALT's partners in the event were the doctoral programme in Social Sciences and the doctoral programme in Political, Societal and Regional Change.

Desrciption: The 7th Annual Conference for the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences & the Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Change explored the (de)naturalisations of extractivist practices. Extractivism refers both to material extraction of natural resources prevalent in industries such as mining and agribusiness, as well as old and new extractivist practices forming around e.g. data, cultures, knowledge, and bodies. We understand extractivism as inherently linked with the operations of capital, but also with the shaping of social processes. Our conference asked how extractive practices — and the industries and capital enacting them — are made out to be part of a naturalised and thus often invisible social order. The event also brought forth perspectives on how such naturalisations are resisted and deconstructed in diverse discourses and practices, in and beyond decolonial research and activism.

You can find the full page for the doctoral students pre-conference here. 


Cori Hayden Keynote

Methods workshop

For this workshop we were joined by the following panelists: Anni E. Kajanus, Assistant Professor, Social and Cultural Anthropology Tuomas M. Ylä-Anttila, Associate Professor, Political Science Anne Kouvonen, Professor, Social Policy – talk title: Challenges of pragmatic RCT data collection during the COVID-19 pandemic

Kröger keynote

Degrowth and Post-Extractivism - a Good Life for All?


When? Friday June 5th at 14.00-15.30 EEST

Where? Online on Zoom.

Chair: Dr. Ossi Ollinaho, Post-doctoral researcher at Development Studies, University of Helsinki, member of both EXALT and HELSUS

Speaker: Dr. Marta Conde

The earth and all of its inhabitants are on a trajectory of cascading socio-ecological crisis driven by extractivist development and growth-centered economism. Like a snake eating its own tail, our progress-orientated and human-centered civilisation is built on the premise that there are no limits to growth. But rethinking growth and the current societal realities cannot be avoided anymore. Concurrent crisis such as the Climate Emergency are showing that the we are approaching the final frontiers of capitalist development. This realisation has given rise to calls such as “degrowth” and post-extractivism. 

In this online seminar EXALT and HELSUS collaborated in bringing together Degrowth and steady-state economics with post-extractivism to seek alternatives for the current crisis-prone world-system. Through inclusive discussion the aim was to explore the possibilities of building ecological and economic systems which function within the regenerative capacity of the planet, while at the same time enabling a "good life for all".

This seminar was part of a wider Global Degrowth Day organized each year to unite diverse organizations and communities, which support the idea of degrowth and want to show that “A good life for all” is possible beyond economies built on growth and consumption. The seminar was a joint venture between the EXALT initiative and the HELSUS Global South Encounters seminar series. 

About the speaker:

Bio: Marta Conde is a researcher at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona at the Department of Political and Social Sciences. She holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering (UPC), masters in Environmental Science (Birkbeck College, London) and a doctorate in Ecological Economics (UAB). Dr. Conde has previously worked as a researcher at Durham University and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Conde's research focuses on the social reactions to the expansion of extractive industries at the commodity frontiers, where succesful contestations of the imperative of endless economic growth can have direct and positive impacts in the lives of these communities. Using political ecology, ecological economics and political economy Conde studies the the drivers, strategies and discourses of resistance movements to mining. Conde's other research interests include the interactions between science, activism and knowledge-creation by grassroots organisation, the use and expansion of the concept of environmental justice in the South and the link between resource extraction and economic growth.

Listen to the seminar-recording:


EXALT-presentation: "Global Extractivisms: Unpacking and broadening the concept"

The HELSUS Global South Encounters is a series of seminars and small talks intended to sharpen critical research in sustainability science. Recognizing the complexities and peculiarities of the Global South, these seminars engage  mainstream sustainability science in order to transcend it, among others by decolonizing nature, economy, society and methodologies. The seminars aim to open up space to get prior feedback on a forthcoming talk, an ongoing dissertation, a draft article, and a variety of research from students at all levels, academics, and members of the general public. Encounters also welcome discussions on giving conference papers and celebrate/publicize published papers.

April 15th, at 13.00-14.30

Join the online-seminar via this link.


  • Professor Barry Gills - professor of Development Studies at the University of Helsinki and a founding member of the EXALT Initiative
  • Saana Hokkanen - Research Assistant at EXALT
  • Chair: Markus Kröger - Associate professor of Development Studies, University of Helsinki

Presentation abstract:

The Global Extractivisms and Alternatives Initiative (EXALT) is a new international network of scholars, activists, and policymakers dedicated to collaboration and knowledge creation around the pressing crises stemming from extractivist policies and practices. This Initiative draws together diverse critical analyses of the phenomena of global extractivisms and the myriad alternatives being actively pursued in both theory and practice. This presentation aims to continue the discussion around extractivism and its alternatives, by offering a discussion-opener of critical and holistic understandings of extractivism as an organizing concept, beyond the conventional usage connected to natural resources. The presentation aims to explore the concept of “extractivism” via a range of social, cultural, and ecological perspectives.

Climate Emergency and Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic

March 12, 2020
13 – 15 at the Think Corner Stage

Climate emergency is accelerating in the Arctic region at an alarming rate. It is impacting the fragile ecosystems and diverse linguistic and cultural communities. Rampant extractivism and its consequent ecological destruction are eroding nature as well as the cultural fabric of local Indigenous communities. Intensive extraction of natural resources is fueling the scramble for the Arctic and tying the area tightly to the capitalist world-system.

This panel discussion will tackle the situations of Indigenous peoples in the changing Arctic, how livelihoods have started to alter and what roles does extractivism play with its myriad of direct and indirect consequences for the well-being of the Arctic. The panel offers a forum for Indigenous representatives and researchers to offer insights on the complex entanglement of climate emergency, Indigenous peoples' sovereignty and Arctic extractivism. It also addresses the questions of future generations and the Anthropocene from the perspective of Arctic Indigenous peoples.

In the context of changing ecosystems and neocolonial practices taking place in the North, there is an urgent need for radical new governance models for the whole of Arctic. As Indigenous peoples hold environmental knowledge crucial for producing sustainable practices in the region, their knowledge is vital in creating new governance models and offering already existing examples of sustainable resource management in the Arctic.


  • Leo Aikio - Elected Vice-president of the Finnish Sámi Parliament (saamelaiskäräjät) and a reindeer-herder from Inari, Sápmi
  • Hanna Guttorm - Postdoctoral researcher of Indigenous Studies at the University of Helsinki, member of INEQ and HELSUS

  • Dmitry Arzyutov - Researcher at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm

  • Atte Korhola - Professor of Environmental Change at the University of Helsinki

  • Panel host: Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen (Indigenous Studies, University of Helsinki)

The event is co-organized by The Global Extractivisms and Alternatives Initiative (EXALT), the Indigenous Studies programme and ALL-YOUTH -research project funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC).

Video-recording of the event.

January 16, 2020, 13 – 15 at the Think Corner Stage

Earth is currently facing an unprecedented climate emergency, which has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity. The need for deep and transformative action is urgent, and universities are in a key position to work as pioneers in sustainable climate action.

This brainstorming dialogue will feature 3 short talks (from a representative from the university management, a professor, and a student activist) and a facilitated panel discussion exploring questions such as: How could and should the University of Helsinki address the climate emergency? What can researchers, students and university governance do? What does a university as a climate actor look like?


University Management: Vice-Rector Tom Böhling

Professor: Dr. Barry Gills, Development Studies

Student Activist: Laura Kolehmainen, founder of Ilmastoveivi and Climate Move, student of politics and law

Facilitator: Dr. Ossi Ollinaho, HELSUS and EXALT

The aim of the event is to offer a forum to discuss and reflect on the university's own position as part of a currently unsustainable society, but also to tap into its potential in countering the climate emergency and finding solutions toward a sustainable future with a focus on developing the basis for concrete proposals for action by the University.

The event is co-organized by The Global Extractivisms and Alternatives Initiative (EXALT) and the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS).

The event at the Think Corner stage is open for all with no registration. If you are planning to join us from 15 – 16 for Coffee/Conversation at the HELSUS Hub Lounge (Porthania 2nd floor, Yliopistonkatu 3), please fill in this e-lomake to let us know.  We ask for registration so we can order an appropriate amount of coffee and reduce any potential waste.

Event’s Facebook-page

We hope to see you on January 16 to discuss this important and timely topic!

Professor Barry Gills' talk at the event "(Re)purposing the University to tackle the Climate Emergency" at the University of Helsinki, January 16th, 2020