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Eija Ranta

  • PL 18 (Unioninkatu 35), 308



  • PL 18 (Unioninkatu 35)




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Personlig profil

Information om forskning och undervisning

  • University Researcher of Global Development Studies
  • Member of the Helsinki Sustainability Institute (HELSUS)
  • 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. My interdisciplinary social scientific approach draws on political anthropology, ethnographies of development policy and cooperation, 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 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.

Utbildning / akademisk kvalifikation

Development Studies, D.Soc.Sc.

Tilldelningsdatum: 2 dec 2014

Cultural and Social Anthropology, MSSc

Tilldelningsdatum: 17 maj 2006

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


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