HELSUS Funding decisions

HELSUS funding decisions: Call for HELSUS Fellowships, Seed Funding and International Visitor’s Program Autumn 2019

The third call for HELSUS funding was open from 23 September to Monday 21 October 2019 (call announcement). The call was open for HELSUS members from HELSUS Faculties: Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry, Arts, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Education, Law, Science, Social Sciences.

The aim of the HELSUS funding is to enhance the development of sustainability science research in the University of Helsinki, to increase the amount of external research funding for sustainability research, and to promote international research collaboration. The total available funding for this call was approximately 650 000€ consisting of Rector’s strategic funding, contributions from the HELSUS Faculties and private donations.

In total 37 applications were received. The HELSUS Steering Group evaluated the applications and decided to grant funding in three categories as follows.

HELSUS POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

HELSUS postdoctoral fellowships are for HELSUS member’s own postdoc funding. The fellowship funding is 60 000€ per year, and it is granted for the applicant’s own salary and other research costs for a period of two years.

  1. Johanna Eklund (Faculty of Science) 120 000 €
    The missing piece in the impact puzzle: the role of funding in achieving sustainable conservation outcomes for protected areas
  2. Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences) 120 000 €
    Indigenous sustainabilities in an era of infrastructure expansion
  3. Johan Munck af Rosenschöld (Faculty of Social Sciences); allocation from a private donation, 120 000 €
    Sustaining co-produced knowledge: Learning from transdisciplinary projects in social networks (SCOPE)
  4. Heli Korkka-Knuts (Faculty of Law) allocation from a private donation, 120 000 €
    The Role of Behavioural Regulatory Design in Optimization of Environmental Corporate Crime Prevention (BiRD)
  5. Dorothee Cambou (Faculty of Arts) 120 000 €
    Corporate Responsibility to respect indigenous peoples’ rights: Defining the role of the law to ensure corporate due diligence for the rights of indigenous peoples in Finland and Sweden

Reserve list

  1. Lizotte Christopher (Faculty of Science) If one/some of the aforementioned grantees do not accept the funding, the applicant is funded with 120 000 €.
    Seeing like tomorrow’s far-right activists: mapping the climate politics of nativist and nationalist youth party organizations
  2. Aleksi Ojala (Faculty of Education) If some of the aforementioned grantees do not accept the funding, the applicant is funded with 120 000 €.
    #WeOrTheWorld? Challenging a human-centered worldview through the arts

HELSUS FELLOWSHIP FOR A PROJECT

HELSUS encourages the development of interdisciplinary research projects that aim to contribute to sustainability transformation and thus collaboration across Faculty borders and beyond academia. This funding is for a HELSUS member’s project and it is granted for the employment of a postdoctoral researcher and for other research costs related to the project for up to two years.

The HELSUS Steering Group decided to grant funding for the following projects:

  1. Mar Cabeza (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences) 120 000 €
    Understanding pastoralism sustainability through an interdisciplinary lens
  2. Annukka Vainio (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry) 120 000 €
    Embedding environmental sustainability norms in society (Embed)
  3. Marko Lindroos (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry) 120 000 €
    Eutrophication and fisheries in the Baltic Sea
  4. Minna Autio (Faculty of Education) 60 000 €
    Education for Everyday Sustainability - Learning Skills at School for 1.5 Degree lifestyle (Sus-LIFE)

Reserve list

  1. Michiru Nagatsu (Faculty of Social Sciences) If one/some of the aforementioned grantees do not accept the funding, the applicant is funded with 120 000 €.
    Rebuilding Choice Architecture for Sustainability (ReCAST): An Integrated Philosophy of Science Approach to Behavioural Sustainability Policy
  2. Nina Janasik (Faculty of Social Sciences) If some of the aforementioned grantees do not accept the funding, the applicant is funded with 120 000 €.
    Profiling Creeping Disasters: Developing a new comprehensive methodology for environmental impact assessment of endocrine disruption in the face of uncertainty and complexity (PROCEED)

VISITOR PROGRAM

HELSUS visitor funding enhances the international collaboration opportunities of HELSUS researchers. The HELSUS Steering Group decided to grant funding for inviting the following international researchers for a research visit in HELSUS:

  1. Hanna Tuomisto (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry) 2 100 € for inviting Associate professor Miguel Brandão, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and CEO Andreas Ciroth, GreenDelta
  2. Barry Gills (Faculty of Social Sciences) 2 500 € for inviting Professor Robin Broad, American University
  3. Charles Parker Krieg (Faculty of Arts) 600 € for inviting Guest Professor Steven Hartman, Mälardalen University
  4. Friederike Lüpke (Faculty of Arts) 3 100 € for inviting Dr Gladys Ansah, University of Ghana, Legon
  5. Seona Candy (Faculty of Science) 1 800 € for inviting Professor Jonathan Grant, Kings College London, United Kingdom
  6. Bodo Steiner (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry) 2 900 € for inviting Professor Joshua Graff Zivin, UC San Diego

Further information:

Senior Adviser in Research Administration Sanna Leinonen helsus-research-admin@helsinki.fi

Funding decision: HELSUS call for seed funding for research on the role of education in sustainability transformation 

Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science is a cross-faculty research unit in sustainability science within the University of Helsinki. The aim of the HELSUS funding is to enhance the development of sustainability science research in the University of Helsinki, to increase the amount of external research funding for sustainability research, and to promote international research collaboration.

According to HELSUS Steering Group decision (item 4, 26 March 2019) the call for applications for seed funding for research on the role of education in sustainability transformation was opened for HELSUS members in the Faculty of Educational Sciences on 1 April 2019. The deadline for the applications was 23 April 2019.

In total three applications were received. The applications were evaluated by a team appointed by HELSUS Steering Group using the evaluation criteria mentioned in the call text. The Academy of Finland regulations for disqualification of reviewers were followed, and disqualified persons did not participate in the evaluation, discussion or decision making. 

HELSUS Steering group has decided to grant the total amount of 37 000€ seed funding for the projects detailed below. Of the funding 30 000€ equals to the contribution of the Faculty of Educational Sciences and in addition, 7 000€ of HELSUS funds are directed to additionally support sustainability research initiatives as has been done also in the previous HELSUS funding calls. 

1. Kalle Juuti  27 000€
Learning and assessing sustainability competences at school

2. Ilona Södervik 5 000€
BIODIV-project

3. Lili-Ann Wolff 5 000€
The Suomenlinna Project: A Phenomenon Based Sustainability  Learning Approach

HELSUS will provide separate instructions on the use of the funding. Researchers who have received funding must submit a report on the use of funding after the funding period.

HELSUS fund­ing de­cision: HELSUS seed fund­ing and in­ter­na­tional vis­it­ors program 2018

The second call for HELSUS seed funding and international visitors program was open for HELSUS members from HELSUS founding Faculties (Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry, Arts, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Law, Science, Social Sciences) from 22 October to 7 November 2018.

The aim of the HELSUS funding is to enhance the development of sustainability science research in the University of Helsinki, to increase the amount of external research funding for sustainability research, and to promote international research collaboration. The total available funding for this call was 123 500€ consisting of Rector’s strategic funding and contributions from the HELSUS founding Faculties.

In total 24 applications were received. The HELSUS Steering Group evaluated the applications and decided to grant funding as follows.

HELSUS seed funding is intended to support the applicant’s prospects in securing significant national or international research funding. HELSUS seed funding is granted for activities supporting the planning and preparation of a research project and the eventual application of external funding for it. The HELSUS Steering Group has decided to grant seed funding for the following projects:

  1. Mar Cabeza (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences); Adaptive futures for nomadic peoples (FACES)
    19 500€
     
  2. Michiru Nagatsu (Faculty of Social Sciences); Developing Philosophy of Sustainability Science
    10 000€
     
  3. Ellen Eftestöl-Wilhelmsson (Faculty of Law); Normative Tools for Freight Transport Sustainability (NormTooTrans)
    30 000€
     
  4. Jussi Eronen (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences); EcologicalSosioRisk Awareness of Societies to Wicked Disruptions (RASED)
    25 400€
     
  5. Miska Luoto (Faculty of Science); Abrupt changes in Arctic terrestrial ecosystems
    17 800€

The HELSUS Steering Group has decided to grant funding for inviting the following international researchers for a research visit in HELSUS:

  1. Dalia D'Amato (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry) for inviting Professor David Abson, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
    3 400€
     
  2. Natalya Yakusheva (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry) for inviting Doctor Gillian Petrokofsky, Long-term Ecology Lab, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
    3 200€
     
  3. Christopher Raymond (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences) for inviting A/Prof Timon McPhearson, The New School
    2 340€
     
  4. Ekaterina Gruzdeva (Faculty of Arts) for inviting European University atVakhtn Professor Nikolai St. Petersburg
    2 160€
     
  5. Eija Ranta (Faculty of Social Sciences) for inviting Professor, Director Luis F. Pacheco, University of San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia, Department of Ecology
    4 700€
     
  6. Minna Väliranta (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences) for inviting Senior lecturer Angela Gallego-Sala, Department of Geography, University of Exeter
    2 000€
     
  7. Marjaana Jauhola (Faculty of Social Sciences) for inviting Professor Jacquleen Joseph, Tata Institute of
    Social Sciences, Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies
    3 000€

Further information:

Senior Adviser in Research Administration Sanna Leinonen helsus-research-admin@helsinki.fi