Raisa Foster: “Everything we have taken for granted has suddenly collapsed”

Based on Raisa Foster’s online lecture ‘Art, EcoJustice, and Leadership’ on 20.03.2020

We are living in an era of eco-social crisis, says Dr. Raisa Foster, a multidisciplinary artist and scholar based in Finland. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and other ongoing background crises, she claims that “everything we have taken for granted has suddenly collapsed”.


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Foster’s lecture moves online

We are happy to announce that the lecture “”ECO-Justice and Art” with Raisa Foster will be organized as planned, but moves ONLINE!

Join us this Friday, March 20, at 14-16 o’clock to discuss different forms of modern art and its potential value on social and ecological justice and well-being with Raisa Foster, a multidisciplinary artist and scholar.

The link to the lecture > http://bit.ly/FosterLecture. No need to sign up or download anything!

See you there!

Sonja Finér: “Socially just transition to a carbon neutral society”

“Socially just transition to a carbon neutral society” is the topic presented by Sonja Finér, Executive Director of Finnwatch, at a serial event hosted at Tampere University by the students of the Leadership for Change Master´s programme.

Sustainability is an important topic for the majority of program students, and the practical implications as well as a better understanding of “social justice” which then leads to “just transition” is a good start for building the knowledge.

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Lecture series “Mindset Changers”: Saara Kankaanrinta, March 13, 14-16

The second lecture in the three-part lecture series of Leadership for Change Master’s programme “Mindset changers” is given by Saara Kankaanrinta, an environmental influencer with many tools: she is Chair and Co-Founder of Baltic Sea Action Group, Carbon Action platform and Co-Founder of Soilfood Ltd and Q Power Ltd. She is a board member of Sulapac Ltd. Kankaanrinta also owns the oldest manor of Finland, Qvidja Research Farm, together with her husband. She is a member of several global eco-networks.

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LFC case studies: solving complex challenges through research

Helping a local food bank tackle foodwaste, identifying socially sustainable public procurement practices, increasing the youth turnout in European elections. These were some of the topics that the multidisciplinary teams of LFC students tackled during the case study course organized during the autumn semester 2019.

LFC students presenting the results of their case study research to fellow students, representatives of case organizations and members of the university community in December 2019.

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Six new LFC students have successfully graduated from the programme – congratulations! The LFC students graduate from three different tracks according to their chosen specialization – business studies, politics, or governance; but one can clearly see multidisciplinarity in the students’ works.

The theses this time have focused on a wide range of topics including solidarity economy in the Nordic welfare states, co-creation for sustainable development, water diplomacy in Central Asia, social construction of retail digitalization, depoliticization in Finnish politics, and the neoliberal agency in feminism. Below we provide the short abstracts of the theses with the permanent links to the publications. Enjoy!

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Publication by LFC student Marina Danoyan

An article written by a second year LFC student Marina Danoyan has been published in “The Caucasus Edition: Journal of Conflict Transformation”. The article called “Communities of Practices: Prospects for the Armenian-Azerbaijani Everyday Engagement across the Conflict Divide” develops an alternative approach for supporting local inter-community peace processes within the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict setting, based on Etienne Wenger’s concept of community of practice.

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