Eija Ranta
  • PL 18 (Unioninkatu 35), 308



  • PL 18 (Unioninkatu 35)




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Curriculum vitae

  • Academy Research Fellow 2021-2026 'Social Justice and Raciality in Latin America'
  • Principal Investigator for the Academy of Finland research project 'Citizenship Utopias in the Global South: The Pursuit of Transformative Alternatives in Times of Disillusionment' (2019-2023)

My research examines development, state formation, and politics in Latin America and Africa. My ongoing Academy of Finland research project (2019-2023) investigates new forms of Indigenous, ethnic, youth, and feminist activism in post-popular uprising contexts of the Global South (Bolivia, Kenya, Tunisia). The research team consists of myself (PI), university researcher Henri Onodera and PhD candidate Martta Kaskinen.

During my Academy of Finland fellowship (2021-2026), my research focuses on social justice and raciality in Latin American revolutions (Bolivia, Cuba).

My latest book Vivir Bien as an Alternative to Neoliberal Globalization (Routledge, 2018) examines Indigenous politics, state formation and transformative alternatives to mainstream development thinking through the ethnographic analysis of state discourses and bureaucratic applications of the notion of Vivir Bien/Buen Vivir (living well) in Bolivia. I investigated the potentials and challenges in the search for more just, inclusive and ecologically sustainable alternatives to growth-based development models in the global South.

I have wide expertise on Latin American societies and politics, having conducted research in Bolivia and Cuba, worked at the United Nations in Nicaragua and Bolivia, did volunteer work in Bolivia, Cuba and Nicaragua, conducted consultancy work in Ecuador and Nicaragua, studied in Costa Rica and Guatemala, and travelled in addition to the above mentioned, in Brazil, Chile, Honduras, Mexico and Peru.

In Africa, I have conducted research in Kenya, and have also experience from Ghana.

Education/Academic qualification

Development Studies, D.Soc.Sc.

Award Date: 2 Dec 2014

Cultural and Social Anthropology, MSSc

Award Date: 17 May 2006

External positions

Associate researcher, Centro Latinoamericano de Ecología Social (CLAES)

2 Jan 201631 Dec 2017

Associate researcher , Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi

1 Nov 201431 Oct 2015

Fields of Science

  • 5203 Global Development Studies
  • Politics of Development
  • Political anthropology
  • Political Economy of Development
  • Decoloniality
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Latin America
  • Africa
  • Bolivia
  • Cuba
  • Kenya
  • Alternative development approaches
  • State formation
  • Civil Society
  • Indigeneity
  • Buen Vivir
  • Ethnicity
  • Development Policy
  • Development Cooperation
  • Post-development
  • Transformative Global Studies
  • Indigenous politics
  • Bureaucracy
  • Elites
  • Politics
  • Self-determination
  • Power
  • Racism
  • Anti-Racism
  • Democracy
  • Activism
  • Citizenship

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.