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Information om forskning och undervisning

  • Senior Lecturer in Development Studies
  • Head of Discipline of Development Studies
  • Associate researcher of the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
  • Board member of the Society and Change study programme
  • Vice-member of the University of Helsinki Equality and Non-Discrimination Board
  • 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 complex articulations between development, politics and power. I am interested in the concepts and practices of development, as well as in the decolonizing alternatives to mainstream development and neoliberal globalization. In terms of politics, I navigate at the intersections of formal political organizations, state bureaucracy, and transformative politics at the sphere of social movements and civil society. I look at power as intricate governmental assemblages, entailing local, national, and global processes. My interdisciplinary social scientific approach draws on political anthropology, ethnographies of development aid, Modernity/Coloniality/Decoloniality thinking and political economy of development. 

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 Andean 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.

Keywords: Politics of development, state formation, power, governmentality, civil society, social movements, citizenship, decoloniality, transformative alternatives, political economy of development.

Country experience: Bolivia, Kenya, Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Ghana, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile and Brazil.

Externa befattningar

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 okt 2015


  • 5203 U-landsforskning

Internationellt och inhemskt samarbete Publikationer och projekt inom de senaste fem åren.

Publikationer 2002 2019

Vivir Bien as an Alternative to Neoliberal Globalization: Can Indigenous Terminologies Decolonize the State?

Ranta, E. M., 14 mar 2018, London: Routledge. 190 s. (Rethinking Globalizations)

Forskningsoutput: Bok/rapportBokVetenskapligPeer review

State Governance and Micropractices of Power in the Process of Decolonizing the State in Bolivia

Ranta, E. M., 24 sep 2018, I : Forum for Development Studies. 45, 3, s. 363-385 23 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Öppen tillgång

Vivir Bien Governance in Bolivia: Chimera or Attainable Utopia?

Ranta, E. M., 16 jun 2017, I : Third World Quarterly. 38, 7, s. 1603-1618 16 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Öppen tillgång

Patronage and Ethnicity amongst Politically Active Young Kenyans

Ranta, E. M., 2017, What Politics?: Youth and Political Engagement in Contemporary Africa. Oinas, E., Onodera, H. & Suurpää, L. (red.). Leiden: Brill, s. 230–245 16 s. (Youth in a globalizing world; vol. 6).

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskapligPeer review

Towards a Decolonial Alternative to Development? The Emergence and Shortcomings of Vivir Bien as State Policy in Bolivia in the Era of Globalization

Ranta, E. M., maj 2016, I : Globalizations. 13, 4, s. 425-439 14 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Projekter 2012 2023

Aktiviteter 2006 2019

Invited speaker at the symposium 'Dialogue on Degrowth: Goof life, consumption and transformation' at the Pufendorf Institute, Lund University

Eija Ranta (Talare: Presentation)
12 maj 201613 maj 2016

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

Invited speaker at the seminar '¿Qué es el Vivir Bien? Reflexiones analíticas de un concepto filosófico, político y cultural' at the Stockholm University with Anders Burman, Rickard Lalander & Carmen Blanco Valer

Eija Ranta (Talare: Inledningsanförande (keynote))
2 maj 2016

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

Centro Latinoamericano de Ecología Social (CLAES)

Eija Ranta (Besökande forskare)
1 feb 201631 jan 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för besök till extern institutionAkademisk besök på annan institution

Kepa (Extern organisation)

Eija Ranta (Ordförande)
1 jan 201631 dec 2017

Aktivitet: MedlemskapstyperMedlemskap eller annan roll i organ inom privat företag/organisation

Epistemologies of the South by Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Eija Ranta (Närvarande)
5 apr 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

Press / media

Mitä nykypäivän orjuus on?

Eija Ranta


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Pondering development policy at 14.4. elections

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Latinalainen Amerikka kriisien tiellä

Eija Ranta


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Finland, climate change and global inequality

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