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Global Health and Development Research Seminar for UTA PhD Students


Time       Thursday, April 16 at 08.15 – 17.15

Venue   Arvo -Building, Lääkärinkatu 1, seminar room A308


Improve your skills to present your research work

Receive feedback to enhance the quality of your work

Participate in the scientific get-together


Submit a structured abstract (of 250 words or less) on your research project latest 18 March 2015 through the following link at e-lomake (also instructions can be found there)

Participants will be announced by email on 20 March 2015.

You may prepare and present a scientific poster OR prepare and make an oral presentation on a research project. You will be awarded 1 ECTS credit for a presentation and participation.

Based on the abstracts, nine students will be requested to present their work as an oral communication during the symposium and all others will be invited to prepare a poster (but not both). The oral presentations during the symposium will last for 15 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of discussion (to mimic typical scenarios in international conferences). After three presentations, there will be a general feedback session on the conduct of the presentations, with suggestions on ways to enhance the message. Each presentation will be video-recorded and the participants will be given a copy of their own presentation.

The posters will be displayed during a 90-minute lunch break, during which all participants are requested to view the posters. Thereafter, there will be a feedback session to discuss typical characteristics of a “good” poster and to give feedback for each participant who prepared a poster to this symposium.

The allocation to oral or poster presentations will be made based on the topic of research, home school of the PhD student, and the content of the submitted abstract – so that both in the oral presentations and the poster session there would be as wide diversity presentation topics as possible. For all presentations, the organizers will give priority to projects that have already given results (as opposed to planned projects or those that are ongoing but no conclusions can yet be made on the study question).

For more information please contact

Professor Per Ashorn,, +358 40 7280 354,

School of Medicine, Program for Global Health and Development


Detailed program

08.15 – 08.30      Opening of the symposium and aims

08.30 – 10.00      Session 1: 3 oral presentations (15+5 min each) + feedback (30 min)

10.00 – 10.30      Coffee break

10.30 – 12.00      Session 2: 3 oral presentations (15+5 min each) + feedback (30 min)

12.00 – 13.30      Lunch and poster view

13.30 – 15.00      Session 3: Poster feedback (max 15 posters, each 5 min) + general discussion (15 min)

15.00 – 15.30      Coffee break

15.30 – 17.00      Session 4: 3 oral presentations (15+5 min each) + feedback (30 min)

17.00 – 17.15      Feedback and closing of the symposium

Join the course on global poverty that will be held 12.3.-18.5.2015.

Join the course on global poverty that will be held 12.3.-18.5.2015. Earn 5 ECTS and understand better a major problem of the world. Enrolment for the course 20.2.-8.3.2015. Welcome!

Enrolment: 20.2.-8.3.2015 through Nettiopsu (see 19.2. onwards for information

Course type:  Elective module

Volume:  5 ECTS credits (135h)


Teacher responsible: Mikko Perkiö (


Learning outcomes

After the successful completion of the course, a student

– knows the basic theories of poverty in economics and in social science
– understands how poverty can be measured and documented in various ways
– can identify main types of conditions (crises, risks, space) that shape the nature of poverty – learns the main features on how poverty is linked to health and education
– knows major politics and key policies related to poverty that have global relevance
– can write an essay on global poverty


Modes of Study

Lectures 10 h
Seminars 6 h (from 36 h available)
Web-based group work 24 h
Web-based video lectures 10 h
Individual work (reading, writing a paper/a blog post and commenting other works) 85 h Total student investment time (SIT) 135 h. Weekly workload is 10-15 h.

Learning tools: Moodle, Skype, Global Health and Development (GHD) blog-writing, video lectures/recordings

Time: 12.3.-18.5.2015


Lecture Programme


I Theories of poverty seen from economics, social science, and ecology (Thu 12.3. at 15.15-18.00, 3×35 min + 10 min debate each), PinniB-building Lecture hall 1097


–  Welcome & Introduction to the Course: Mikko Perkiö, University Instructor, UTA, Coordinator of the Course 15.15-15.30

–  Ways out of Global Poverty? Dr. Miguel Niño-Zarazúa, Reserch Fellow UNU-WIDER, 15.30-16.15

–  BREAK 16.15-16.30

–  Poverty: From Economic to Social and Ecological Indicators, Marko Ulvila, Author,


–  Ecology and poverty, Dr. Ville Lähde, Author, 17.15-18.00


II Policies 1 (Thu 19.3. at 15.15-17.45, 3×35 min + 10 min debate each), Paavo Koli Auditorium, PinniA-building

–  A Global Development Update: How does Sustainable Governance of Natural Resources Link to Poverty Reduction? (Dr. Marikki Stocchetti, Secretary General, Development Policy Committee, Ministry for Foreign Affairs) 15.15-16.00

–  BREAK 16.00-16.15

–  Politics of Global Poverty, Dr. Timo Voipio, Senior Adviser, Ministry for Foreign Affairs 16.15-17.00

–  Basic Income Pilots in Low Income Countries, Johanna Perkiö, Researcher, UTA 17.00-17.45


III Policies 2 (Thu 26.3. at 15.15-18.30, (75 min + 15 min debate) + 2×35 min + 10 min debate each), Paavo Koli Auditorium, PinniA-building

–  Roles of Public Economy and Taxation Prof. Jukka Pirttilä, UNU-WIDER & UTA & Matti Ylönen, Researcher, University of Helsinki 15.15-16.45

–  BREAK 16.45-17.00

–  Interconnections between Poverty and Schooling, Prof. Tuomas Takala, UTA 17.00-17.45

–  Interconnections between Poverty and Health, Dr. Meri Koivusalo, Senior Researcher, National Institute for Health and Welfare 17.45-18.30