Monthly Archives: June 2016

NEWS: Seeking candidates: Professorship in Global Health and Development at University of Tampere

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We are seeking for potential candidates on a new exiting professorship. Since this vacancy targets a new, multidisciplinary field, we are interested in finding different kinds of potential candidates for deciding of opening the vacancy for applications.

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Job description

University of Tampere in Finland is seeking applicants for a new professorship in in Global Health and Development. By global health we mean a system-based and transdisciplinary approach to education, research, and practice. Study of this field places priority on improving wellbeing, health and equity worldwide. It emphasizes complex transnational issues and the search for sustainable solutions. It involves many disciplines and engages with a wide range of stakeholders.

A successful candidate is required to have broad experience in the field of researching Global Health, and especially expertize and promise in inter- or transdisciplinary study of the interaction between global phenomena, health and human wellbeing.  Candidates from diverse disciplinary background are considered and invited, but previous work and degrees must show both formal competence and strong track record in knowledge of the intersection of Health and Social Sciences.  A higher education degree is required in Public Health or Medicine (licentiate, medical doctor) or Social Sciences, and formal studies or demonstrated strong knowledge in the other two fields. An appropriate doctoral degree is essential. The professorship will be filled on a permanent basis, starting as soon as possible (to be negotiated).

Background

University of Tampere will merge by 2018 with Tampere University of Technology and Tampere University of Applied Sciences.  The profile of the new University will build on three major areas of focus: Society, Technology and Health. Within the focus, Global Wellbeing will play a major role. As a hub, including Global Health and Development, it is envisioned as enhancing joint activities of disciplines in different faculties, such as Social and Health Sciences, Medicine and Life Sciences, Technical Sciences, Educational Sciences, Economics, and Management. The hub will facilitate innovative education and transdisciplinary research on global issues and on national and local developments influenced by globalisation and regionalisation.

In the role of the professor, participation in inter- and transdisciplinary education is emphasised. In the area of research, a professor will be able to continue and expand her/his research field interests in so far as they contribute to Global Wellbeing. Examples of potential themes include:

  • Global and Regional Policies: Socially Fit Health Technology
  • Urbanisation and Segregation; Forced Migration
  • Global Environmental Health
  • Impacts of Globalisation on Health and Health Systems
  • Human Rights and Bioethics; Global Governance

The university is seeking a visionary person, who is able to utilize the potentials outlined, and shares the vision of Global Wellbeing.

For further information, please contact: Professor, Global Health and Development, Anneli Milen. Contact info: anneli.milen@uta.fi, tel. +358 50 318 7770 or +358 40 552 1337, Skype AnneliMi

BLOG: Needs and Wants – Do the UN Sustainable Development Goals know the difference? By Aada Vihanta

We all have needs and wants, but when it comes to sustainable development, making difference between these two terms is crucial. Abraham Maslow (1954, 80-92) says people have deficiency needs and growth-needs. Deficiency needs are things inevitable for living (food, water, protection etc.). After fulfilling those needs we can move to growth-needs which respond to human’s need for self-actualization. (Maslow 1954).

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals define new millennium development goals. The basic targets are eradicating poverty, achieving equality and making sure everyone has access to basic needs in accordance to sustainable, sustain and inclusive development. The contradiction in SDGs is that they don’t properly define what are basic needs. Without defining them, SDGs allow that everyone can define their own basic needs. The problem is that what people define as needs varies a lot depending on the area and the standard of living there. It leads to situation where rich can be rich and poor will stay poor. The western consumer culture has obscured our understanding of needs and wants. That means we easily include more things to our basic needs than people in the poorer areas. What we think as needs, are somewhere else wants.

The SDGs take into account the boundaries set by the environment. They admit the environmental problems are caused mostly because of over-consumption and we have to change our lifestyle. Environment should be taken seriously into account because it can be classified as basic need. That’s because it’s something we can’t live without and it’s inevitable to our lives. However, SDGs target to development which allows the continue of growth. On the contrary, it seems we have to keep on consuming because SDGs aim at increasing economic productivity. But how is it possible to keep on consuming and at the same time protect the environment? If we go on like this, we can’t meet the environmental limits. And if we fail to protect the environment, we can’t eradicate poverty or achieve any other targets described. The consequences of environmental destruction impinge most badly to the poor. (Woodward 2015).

The SDGs are trying to find a compromise between our consumer culture and protecting of the environment. It’s hard to change our lifestyle because our whole society is based on growth and consumerism. The SDGs suggest we have to create green jobs and green economy which remain in the boundaries of environment. The new goals are optimistic and maybe even impossible to achieve. We have to be prepared for the possibility that trying to achieve sustainable, sustain and inclusive growth and society isn’t going to be enough to protect our planet (Gough 2013, 199-200).

 

References

Gough, Ian (2013). Climate change, social policy, and global governance. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, 29, 185-203.

Maslow, Abraham H. (1954). Motivation and personality. New York, NY: Harpers&Brothers.

Woodward, David (2015). “Incrementum and Absurdum: Global Growth, Inequality and Poverty Eradication in a Carbon-constrained World.” World Economic Review.

Sustainable Development Goals. Retrieved from http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/