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  • PL 18 (Unioninkatu 35)

    00014

    Finland

  • Finland

  • PL 18 (Unioninkatu 35), 316

    HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

    Finland

19982022
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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

  • Professor of Development Studies, University of Helsinki
  • Affiliated Professor of Helsinki Sustainability Center (HELSUS)
  • Director of "Political, Societal and Regional Changes" (PSRC) Doctoral Programme, University of Helsinki
  • Adjunct Professor of Political Ecology, University of Tampere
  • Adjunct Professor of Environmental Policy, University of Helsinki
  • Honoured Member of the Teachers' Academy, University of Helsinki

 

I am Professor of Development Studies and Director of the "Political, Societal and Regional Changes" Doctoral Program at the University of Helsinki. I am also Adjunct Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Helsinki and Adjunct Professor of Political Ecology at the University of Tampere. I got a PhD in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Helsinki in 1995. I have worked as a visiting scholar in various international universities, including University of Texas-Austin, USA; University of Missouri-Columbia, USA; University of Florida-Gainesville, USA; University of London (Goldsmith College), UK; University of Wageningen, the Netherlands; University of Copenhagen; Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico; Universidad Autónoma Juárez de Tábasco, Mexico, United Nations’ Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Switzerland; and Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE), Costa Rica. I am a Member of the Teachers' Academy of the University of Helsinki, which is the Network of Dinstinguished Teachers in Higher Education. In 2011, I got an Award of Excellent Teacher and in 2006, an award for excellent Tesis supervision.

Description of research and teaching

 

I am currently the Leader of the following research projects: 

1) Water and Vulnerability in Fragile Societies, Consortium project funded by the Academy of Finland, 2018-2022. In this consortium by the University of Helsinki and the Aalto University, with several Mexican, Indonesian and Cambodian research partners, we are studying water governance, resource politics, environmental vulnerabilities and socionature in Mexico, Indonesia and Cambodia. This project consists of scholars from different disciplines, including development studies, anthropology, political science, history, sustainability science, hydrology, and environmental sciences. 

2) Towards Convivial Conservation: Governing Human-Wildlife Interactions in the Anthropocene, Consortium project funded by EU Nordface/Belmont Forum, 2018-2021. Consoroitum leader Prof. Bram Büscher, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Subproject on Wolf Conservation in Finland, led by Prof. Anja Nygren, University of Helsinki. This Con-Viva project focuses on the prospects for convivial conservation by comparing cutting-edge conservation cases that address human-wildlife conflicts involving apex predators in Brazil, Finland, Tanzania, and USA. 

3) Water and Fire: Volatile Ecologies and the Politics of Vulnerabilization, funded by the Kone Foundation, 2018-2022. In this project, we are studying volatile ecologies and politics of vulnerabilization related to risk-prone environments in Mexico, Peru, Laos and Indonesia. 

4) Fragile Cities in the global South, funded by the Academy of Finland, 2016-2020. In this project, we analyze the interlinkages between societal security, enviromental safety and representative justice in different cities of the global South, including Bogóta (Colombia), Guatemala City (Guatemala),  Calcutta (India) and Villahermosa (Mexico) by a team of five senior scholars. 

In my previous research projects, we have also studied urban governance, environmental justice, social inequality and the right to the city in the global South. I have also been involved in the research project on struggles over resource space between fishers and oil industry in Mexico.

My research interests include political ecology, urban governance, disasters and displacements; socio-nature, environmental justice, water and society, environmental conflics, forest-frontiers, resource politics, sustainable coffee and cacao, and local knowledge. 

 In my post as Academy Research Fellow in 2004-2009, I coordinated a research project on decentralization, community forestry and forest certification in Central America. During this project, we studied environmental certifications, fair trade and local livelihoods in Honduras and Nicaragua, environmental governance and NGOs in Costa Rica, and rural poverty and local livelihoods in Panama. My earlier projects have also focused on deforestation and nature-society relationships in Costa Rica, protected areas and environmental conflicts in Nicaragua, decentralization and community forestry in Honduras, and environmental discourses and policies in Latin America.

Keywords

  • 5203 Development Studies

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Selected Publications 1998 2019

Inequality and interconnectivity: Urban spaces of justice in Mexico

Nygren, A. K., Feb 2018, In : Geoforum. 89, p. 145-154 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

At the intersections of multiple marginalisations: displacements and environmental justice in Mexico and Ethiopia

Nygren, A. K. & Wayessa, G. O., 18 Mar 2018, In : Environmental Sociology. 4, 1, p. 148-161 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Socially differentiated urban flood governance in Mexico: Ambiguous negotiations and fragmented contestations

Nygren, A. K., 17 Apr 2016, In : Journal of Latin American Studies. 48, 2, p. 335-365 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Unsettling Neoliberal Rationalities: Engaged Ethnography and the Meanings of Responsibility in the Dominican Republic and Mexico

Sletto, B. & Nygren, A., Jan 2016, In : International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 39, 5, p. 965-983 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Whose decisions, whose livelihoods? Resettlement and environmental justice in Ethiopia

Wayessa, G. O. & Nygren, A. K., 2016, In : Society and Natural Resources. 29 , 4, p. 387-402 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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From resistance to resilience: Media discourses on urban flood governance in Mexico

Rinne, P. & Nygren, A., 2016, In : Journal of environmental policy & planning.. 18, 1, p. 4-26 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Contested claims over space and identity between fishers and the oil industry in Mexico

Quist, L-M. U. & Nygren, A. K., 2015, In : Geoforum. 63, p. 44-54 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Governance and Images: Representations of Certified Southern Producers in High-Quality Design Markets

Nygren, A., 2015, In : Environmental Values. 24, 3, p. 391-412 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Eco-imperialism and environmental justice

Nygren, A., 2013, Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change. Lockie, S., Sonnenfeld, D. A. & Fischer, D. R. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 58-69 58 p. (Routledge International Handbooks).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Impacts of fair trade certification on coffee farmers, cooperatives, and laborers in Nicaragua

Valkila, J. & Nygren, A., 2010, In : Agriculture and Human Values. 27, 3, p. 321-333 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

'Life here is just scraping by': livelihood strategies and social networks among peasant households in Honduras

Nygren, A., 2009, In : Journal of Peasant Studies. 36, 4, p. 827-854 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Political ecology revisited: integration of politics and ecology does matter

Nygren, A. & Rikoon, S., 2008, In : Society and Natural Resources. 21, 9, p. 767-782 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2004 2022

Selected Activities 2004 2018

Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Change (University of Helsinki) (External organisation)

Anja Nygren (Chair)
1 Jan 201831 Dec 2021

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Swedish Research Council (External organisation)

Anja Nygren (Board member)
1 Feb 201530 Nov 2015

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Editorial Board, Journal of Society and Natural Resources (External organisation)

Anja Nygren (Board member)
1 Sep 2017 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Editorial Board, Environmental Values (External organisation)

Anja Nygren (Board member)
15 Aug 2017 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Kehitys Utveckling ‑lehti (External organisation)

Anja Nygren (Board member)
15 Jan 201731 Dec 2017

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Helsinki Sustainability Science Institute (HELSUS) (External organisation)

Anja Nygren (Board member)
1 Dec 201731 Dec 2022

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Swedish Research Council (External organisation)

Anja Nygren (Board member)
15 Feb 201431 Dec 2014

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

International Association for Society and Natural Resources (External organisation)

Anja Nygren (Board member)
2010 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Keynote speaker in Conferencia Magistral, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Mexico

Anja Nygren (Speaker: Keynote)
28 Oct 2010

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

International Foundation for Science (External organisation)

Anja Nygren (Board member)
20062010

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Environmental Sociology (Journal)

Anja Nygren (Reviewer)
Jan 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Press / Media

Kuka saa apua, kuka ei? Aamulehti 17.12.2016, B1-B3

Anja Kaarina Nygren

17/12/2016

1 item of media coverage

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Esitys Ajantasa-ohjelmassa aiheesta Vesi ja valta

Anja Kaarina Nygren

19/02/2016

1 media contribution

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Opettajien Akatemia vie kauas

Anja Kaarina Nygren

05/09/2014

1 media contribution

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Reilu kauppa (Fair trade)

Anja Kaarina Nygren

06/05/2014

1 media contribution

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Reilu kauppa (Fair trade)

Anja Kaarina Nygren

29/01/2014

1 media contribution

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