HELSUS Visitors

HELSUS welcomes international research visitors, who contribute to the intellectual community and the interdisciplinary research done within HELSUS.



Charles Gore

is a Visiting Scholar in Development Studies in the University of Helsinki from January to June 2019. Between 1999 and 2008, he was team leader and principal author of UNCTAD's Least Developed Countries Report, and from 2008 to 2012 he was Special Coordinator for Cross-Sectoral Issues in UNCTAD, directing research on Africa and on least developed countries. In that role he led the team writing Structural Transformation and Sustainable Development in Africa (UNCTAD Economic Development in Africa Report 2012). He is currently an Honorary Professor in Economics at the University of Glasgow, a Research Associate in Global Studies at the University of Sussex, a Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK).  His research focuses on the nature of the explanations, normative judgements and discursive narratives which underpin international development practice. Whilst in Helsinki he is writing the first draft of a book about how the idea of poverty went global in the 1970s, which is part of a broader examination of the concept of global goals and a broader history of development.



Heidi Sinevaara-Niskanen

Heidi Sinevaara-Niskanen is a University Researcher in Gender Studies at the University of Lapland, Finland, and a visiting Fellow at the Helsinki Institute for Sustainability Science (April-June, 2019). Her research interests combine questions of Arctic development, power, gender and indigeneity from a critical perspective. In her ongoing research project, Indigeneity in Waiting: Elusive Rights and the Power of Hope (2016-2020, Academy of Finland), Sinevaara-Niskanen studies the complex ways in which indigeneity is governed in international politics. She has published in journals, such as, International Political Sociology, Resilience: International Discourses, Practices and Policies, Polar Record and Globalizations. Her recent book, Global Politics and its Violent Care for Indigeneity: Sequels to Colonialism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), co-authored with Marjo Lindroth, analyses and illustrates how the inclusion and recognition of indigeneity in global politics constitute a continuation of colonial practices.

Tahnee Prior

Tahnee Prior is a Ph.D. Candidate in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, as well as a visiting researcher at the Helsinki Institute for Sustainability Science in Finland and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria. She holds a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Her doctoral work in global environmental governance examines the role of legal systems in maintaining or preventing our ability to adapt to rapidly changing and complex environments, like the Arctic. Together with colleagues at the University of Lapland and the University of Helsinki, Tahnee is co-organizing a NordForsk-funded event titled "Women of the Arctic" at the 2018 UArctic Congress in Helsinki. She has also written on gender and the circumpolar North as a team member of a Finnish Academy project on “Human Security as a Promotional Tool for Societal Security in the Arctic” and as a contributing author to the 2016 Arctic Resilience Report.

Previously, she was the lead author of a Finnish Foreign Ministry project at the intersection of gender, climate change, and human rights. In 2016, Tahnee was humbled to land on Corporate Knight’s #30under30 list of Sustainability Leaders in Canada.

You can follow her on Twitter @tahnsta.

Laura Verbrugge

Laura Verbrugge is a postdoctoral researcher in the Water Engineering and Management Group at the University of Twente (The Netherlands). She was awarded a Frye Stipendium award for her PhD thesis ‘Going global: perceiving, assessing and managing biological invasions’ in 2014. She is a member of the Management Committee of the COST Action CA17122 on Citizen Science and Invasive Alien Species (IAS) and the International Association for Open Knowledge on IAS (INVASIVESNET).

Her present work focuses on public perceptions of river landscapes and knowledge co-production processes in transdisciplinary settings. Her research is part of the RiverCare program (2014-2019) funded by TTW-NWO (2014-2019) that aims to improve the design and maintenance of river interventions by investigating their biophysical and social impacts.

She is working at HELSUS to develop new collaborations within the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry and the Environmental Policy Research Group.

Seona Candy

Seona Candy is a research fellow with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne in the areas of food and urban systems. Her earlier research work used scenario modelling to link land and resource use with food consumption at a national level on an Australian Research Council Linkage project, titled 'Modelling policy interventions to protect Australia's food security in the face of environmental sustainability challenges’ (LP120100168), and at a city level as a joint chief investigator of the first phase of the Foodprint Melbourne Project funded by the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation.

More recently, she has been involved in two projects funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living. The recently completed Visions and Pathways 2040 (VP2040) project was concerned with developing visions, scenarios and pathways for transitioning to low-carbon in Australian cities. The ongoing Future Cities Distributed Infrastructure (FCDI) Project aims to identify opportunities across Melbourne where critical infrastructure services like energy, food, water and waste can be delivered in a way that is more distributed to reduce carbon emissions, improve urban resilience and transform cities.

She is currently working at HELSUS in collaboration with Dr Katriina Soini at LUKE as a visiting researcher on a project investigating the role of distributed food systems in post-carbon resilient cities. It forms part of the broader FCDI project, bringing together aspects of critical infrastructure, ecosystem services and urban planning from a food systems perspective.