Aili Pyhälä, Adjunct Professor

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Education information

Ph.D. in Development Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK (Oct 1999 - Apr 2004)
B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK (Oct 1995 - Jun 1999)
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Affiliation Expiration31/12/2017

Curriculum Vitae

I have extensive grassroots-level experience in more than 25 countries immersing myself in, and engaging with, indigenous peoples and local communities, along with their knowledge systems, beliefs and practices. Alongside my academic work, I am a committed activist defending territories of life and their defenders, and in support of decolonized and decentralized governance systems. In trying to understand the roots of global processes of so-called “development”, I have also been drawn to understanding and explaining the nuances and universalities in cross-cultural perceptions of happiness and wellbeing.

I have on several occasions worked with national government and inter-ministerial policy groups in attempts to assist the incorporation of more holistic and integrated sustainability indicators (e.g. Ecological Footprint, Gross National Happiness) into decision-making. With 20 years of experience evaluating international cooperation projects worldwide, and following principles of permaculture, my current research looks at the ways in which the promotion and imposition of various forms of so-called “development” programmes – in the ways of mainstream systems of education, politico-spiritual governance, and natural resource management (including top-down conservation and food security strategies) - affect local cultures, environments, knowledge systems, and overall wellbeing. I sit in the Executive Committee of the ICCA Consortium, am Chair of the Finnish Society for Development Research, partner with the Centre of Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives (CICADA), and ambassador for the Global Ecovillage Network. I also sit in the Ethics Committee for Human Sciences at the University of Helsinki.

Highlighted publications

  1. Global Environmental Change: Local perceptions, understandings and explanations

    Pyhälä, A. A., Fernandez-Llamazares Onrubia, A., Lehvävirta, H., Byg, A., Ruiz-Mallén, I., Salpeteur, M. & Thornton, T., 2 Sep 2016, In : Ecology and Society. 21, 3, 29 p., 25.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Hunter-gatherers in a Changing World

    Reyes-Garcia, V. (ed.) & Pyhälä, A. A. (ed.), Dec 2016, Springer International Publishing . 257 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

  3. The essential role of other effective area-based conservation measures in achieving big bold conservation targets

    Dudley, N., Jonas, H., Nelson, F., Parish, J., Pyhälä, A. A., Stolton, S. & Watson, J., Jul 2018, In : Global Ecology and Conservation. 15, 7 p., 00424.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

  4. Subjective Wellbeing and Income: Empirical Patterns in the Rural Developing World

    Reyes-Garcia, V., Babigumira, R., Pyhälä, A., Wunder, S., Zorondo-Rodriguez, F. & Angelsen, A., Apr 2016, In : Journal of Happiness Studies. 17, 2, p. 773-791 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  5. Protected Areas in the Congo Basin: Failing both People and Biodiversity?

    Pyhälä, A. A., Osuna Oroza, A. & Counsell, S., Apr 2016, Rainforest Foundation UK. 144 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportProfessional

  6. The Adaptive Nature of Culture: A cross-cultural analysis of the returns of Local Environmental Knowledge in three indigenous societies

    Reyes-Garcia, V., Guèze, M., Díaz-Reviriego, I., Duda, R., Fernandez-Llamazares Onrubia, A., Gallois, S., Napitupulu, L., Orta-Martínez, M. & Pyhälä, A. A., Dec 2016, In : Current Anthropology. 57, 6, p. 761-784 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  7. Rapid ecosystem change challenges the adaptive capacity of Local Environmental Knowledge

    Fernández-Llamazares, Á., Díaz-Reviriego, I., Luz, A. C., Cabeza, M., Pyhälä, A. & Reyes-García, V., 14 Mar 2015, In : Global Environmental Change. 31, p. 272-284 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  8. Local perceptions as a guide for the sustainable management of natural resources: empirical evidence from a small-scale society in Bolivian Amazonia

    Fernandez-Llamazares, A., Díaz-Reviriego, I., Guèze, M., Cabeza, M., Pyhälä, A. & Reyes-García, V., Jan 2016, In : Ecology and Society. 21, 1, 15 p., 2.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  9. What Future for the Baka? Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Livelihood Opportunities in South-east Cameroon

    Pyhälä, A., 2012, International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs and Plan Finland. (Human Rights Reports; no. 13)

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportProfessional

  10. In Search of Global Sustainability and Justice: What Permaculture Can Contribute to Development Policy

    Pyhälä, A., 2013, Environmental Anthropology Engaging Ecotopia: Bioregionalism, Permaculture, and Ecovillages. Lockyer, J. & Veteto, J. R. (eds.). New York, NY: Berghahn Books, p. 195-212 18 p. (Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology; vol. 17).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  11. Implications of livelihood dependence on non-timber products in Peruvian Amazonia

    Pyhälä, A. A., Brown, K. & Adger, N. W., 2006, In : Ecosystems. 9, p. 1328-1341

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  12. Exploring the gap between conservation science and protected area establishment in Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve (Peruvian Amazonia)

    Salo, M. & Pyhälä, A., 2007, In : Environmental Conservation. 34, 1, 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  13. A Research Agenda for Improving National Ecological Footprint Accounts

    Kitzes, J., Galli, A., Bagliani, M., Barrett, J., Dige, G., Ede, S., Erb, K., Giljum, S., Haberl, H., Hails, C., Jolia-Ferrier, L., Jungwirth, S., Lenzen, M., Lewis, K., Loh, J., Marchettini, N., Messinger, H., Milne, K., Moles, R., Monfreda, C. & 9 othersMoran, D., Nakano, K., Pyhälä, A., Rees, W., Simmons, C., Wackernagel, M., Wada, Y., Walsh, C. & Wiedmann, T., 2008, In : Ecological Economics. 68, 7, p. 1991-2007

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Highlighted activities

  1. The Politics of Sustainability: Re-thinking resources, values and justice

    Aili Pyhälä (Chair of organizing committee)
    15 Feb 201816 Feb 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  2. Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives (External organisation)

    Aili Pyhälä (Board member)
    Jun 2018 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in research network

  3. University of Helsinki Ethical review board in the humanities and social and behavioural sciences (External organisation)

    Aili Pyhälä (Board member)
    1 Jan 2018 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in review committee

  4. Biocultural approaches to conservation

    Aili Pyhälä (Speaker: Chair)
    13 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  5. Decolonising Methodologies in Conservation Research

    Aili Pyhälä (Speaker: Chair)
    10 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  6. Senior Consultant in Evaluation of Finland's Development Cooperation

    Aili Pyhälä (Participant)
    1 Oct 201530 Apr 2016

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

  7. Lead Consultant for Rainforest Foundation UK

    Aili Pyhälä (Participant)
    Aug 2014May 2015

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

  8. Communities conserving nature and culture— A gathering among indigenous peoples and local communities from five continents

    Aili Pyhälä (Member of organizing committee)
    7 Nov 201411 Nov 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  9. United Nations Expert Mechanism on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

    Aili Pyhälä (Speaker: Presenter)
    12 Jul 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

  10. Small-­‐scale societies and environmental transformations: co-­evolutionary dynamics

    Aili Pyhälä (Member of organizing committee)
    15 Dec 201418 Dec 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  11. Global Footprint Network, based at the General Secretariat of the Andean Community

    Aili Pyhälä (Other role)
    2009 → …

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesNon-academic visit to other institution

  12. Permaculture Teacher/Trainer in India

    Aili Pyhälä (Participant)
    2011 → …

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - External teaching and subject coordination

  13. Permaculture Teacher/Trainer in Cuba

    Aili Pyhälä (Participant)
    2009 → …

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - External teaching and subject coordination

  14. Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Victoria; Life Cycle Unit

    Aili Pyhälä (Visiting researcher)
    2006 → …

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesNon-academic visit to other institution

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