Anja Nygren

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Description of research and teaching

I am currently the Leader of the following research projects: 

1) Consortium project: Water and Vulnerability in Fragile Societies, funded by the Academy of Finland, 2018-2022. In this consortium by the University of Helsinki and the Aalto University, with several Mexican, Indonesian and Cambodian research partners, we are studying water governance, resource politics, environmental vulnerabilities and socionature in Mexico, Indonesia and Cambodia. This project consists of scholars from different disciplines, including development studies, anthropology, political science, history, sustainability science, hydrology, and environmental sciences.

2) Water and Fire: Volatile Ecologies and the Politics of Vulnerabilization, funded by the Kone Foundation, 2018-2022. In this project, we are studying volatile ecologies and politics of vulnerabilization related to risk-prone environments in Mexico, Peru, Chile, Laos and Indonesia. 

3) Fragile Cities in the global South, funded by the Academy of Finland, 2016-2020. In this project, we analyze the interlinkages between societal security, enviromental safety and representative justice in different cities of the global South, including Bogóta (Colombia), Guatemala City (Guatemala),  Calcutta (India) and Villahermosa (Mexico) by a team of five senior scholars.

4) Environmental vulnerability, social resilience and multi-scale governance, funded by the University of Helsinki, 2015-2018. This project focuses on  social resilience and multi-scale water governance. in Mexico, Laos and Finland.

In my previous research projects, we have also studied urban governance, environmental justice, social inequality and the right to the city in Mexico, as well as struggles over resource space between fishers and oil industry in Mexico.

My research interests include political ecology, urban governance, disasters and displacements; socio-nature; environmental justice; water and society; forest-frontiers, resource politics; environmental conflicts; coffee and cacao production and consumption, and local knowledge. 

 In my post as Academy Research Fellow in 2004-2009, I coordinated a research project on decentralization, community forestry and forest certification in Central America. During this project, we studied environmental certifications, fair trade and local livelihoods in Honduras and Nicaragua, environmental governance and NGOs in Costa Rica, and rural poverty and local livelihoods in Panama. My earlier projects have also focused on deforestation and nature-society relationships in Costa Rica, protected areas and environmental conflicts in Nicaragua, decentralization and community forestry in Honduras, and environmental discourses and policies in Latin America.

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Curriculum Vitae

  • Professor of Development Studies, University of Helsinki
  • Affiliated Professor of Helsinki Sustainability Center (HELSUS)
  • Director of "Political, Societal and Regional Changes" (PSRC) Doctoral Programme, University of Helsinki
  • Adjunct Professor of Political Ecology, University of Tampere
  • Adjunct Professor of Environmental Policy, University of Helsinki
  • Honoured Member of the Teachers' Academy, University of Helsinki

 

I am Professor of Development Studies and Director of the "Political, Societal and Regional Changes" Doctoral Program at the University of Helsinki. I am also Adjunct Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Helsinki and Adjunct Professor of Political Ecology at the University of Tampere. I got a PhD in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Helsinki in 1995. I have worked as a visiting scholar in various international universities, including University of Texas-Austin, USA; University of Missouri-Columbia, USA; University of Florida-Gainesville, USA; University of London (Goldsmith College), UK; University of Wageningen, the Netherlands; University of Copenhagen; Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico; Universidad Autónoma Juárez de Tábasco, Mexico, United Nations’ Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Switzerland; and Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE), Costa Rica. I am a Member of the Teachers' Academy of the University of Helsinki, which is the Network of Dinstinguished Teachers in Higher Education. In 2011, I got an Award of Excellent Teacher and in 2006, an award for excellent Tesis supervision.

Highlighted publications

  1. Inequality and interconnectivity: Urban spaces of justice in Mexico

    Nygren, A. K., 2018, In : Geoforum. 89, p. 145-154 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. At the intersections of multiple marginalizations: displacements and environmental justice in Mexico and Ethiopia

    Nygren, A. K. & Wayessa, G. O., 18 Mar 2018, In : Environmental Sociology. 4, 1, p. 148-161 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Socially differentiated urban flood governance in Mexico: Ambiguous negotiations and fragmented contestations

    Nygren, A. K., 17 Apr 2016, In : Journal of Latin American Studies. 48, 2, p. 335-365 31 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  4. Unsettling Neoliberal Rationalities: Engaged Ethnography and the Meanings of Responsibility in the Dominican Republic and Mexico

    Sletto, B. & Nygren, A., Jan 2016, In : International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 39, 5, p. 965-983 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  5. Whose decisions, whose livelihoods? Resettlement and environmental justice in Ethiopia

    Wayessa, G. O. & Nygren, A. K., 2016, In : Society and Natural Resources. 29 , 4, p. 387-402 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  6. From resistance to resilience: Media discourses on urban flood governance in Mexico

    Rinne, P. & Nygren, A., 2016, In : Journal of environmental policy & planning.. 18, 1, p. 4-26 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  7. Contested claims over space and identity between fishers and the oil industry in Mexico

    Quist, L-M. U. & Nygren, A. K., 2015, In : Geoforum. 63, p. 44-54 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  8. Governance and Images: Representations of Certified Southern Producers in High-Quality Design Markets

    Nygren, A., 2015, In : Environmental Values. 24, 3, p. 391-412 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  9. Eco-imperialism and environmental justice

    Nygren, A., 2013, Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change. Lockie, S., Sonnenfeld, D. A. & Fischer, D. R. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 58-69 58 p. (Routledge International Handbooks)

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

  10. Impacts of fair trade certification on coffee farmers, cooperatives, and laborers in Nicaragua

    Valkila, J. & Nygren, A., 2010, In : Agriculture and Human Values. 27, 3, p. 321-333 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  11. 'Life here is just scraping by': livelihood strategies and social networks among peasant households in Honduras

    Nygren, A., 2009, In : Journal of Peasant Studies. 36, 4, p. 827-854 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  12. Political ecology revisited: integration of politics and ecology does matter

    Nygren, A. & Rikoon, S., 2008, In : Society and Natural Resources. 21, 9, p. 767-782 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Highlighted activities

  1. Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Change (University of Helsinki) (External organisation)

    Nygren, A. (Chair)
    1 Jan 201831 Dec 2021

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

  2. Swedish Research Council (External organisation)

    Nygren, A. (Board member)
    1 Feb 201530 Nov 2015

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

  3. Editorial Board, Journal of Society and Natural Resources (External organisation)

    Nygren, A. (Board member)
    1 Sep 2017 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

  4. Editorial Board, Environmental Values (External organisation)

    Nygren, A. (Board member)
    15 Aug 2017 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

  5. Kehitys Utveckling ‑lehti (External organisation)

    Nygren, A. (Board member)
    15 Jan 201731 Dec 2017

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

  6. Helsinki Sustainability Science Institute (HELSUS) (External organisation)

    Nygren, A. (Board member)
    1 Dec 201731 Dec 2022

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

  7. Swedish Research Council (External organisation)

    Nygren, A. (Board member)
    15 Feb 201431 Dec 2014

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

  8. International Association for Society and Natural Resources (External organisation)

    Nygren, A. (Board member)
    2010 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

  9. Keynote speaker in Conferencia Magistral, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Mexico

    Nygren, A. (Speaker: Keynote)
    28 Oct 2010

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

  10. International Foundation for Science (External organisation)

    Nygren, A. (Board member)
    20062010

    Activity: MembershipMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

  11. Environmental Sociology (Journal)

    Nygren, A. (Reviewer)
    Jan 2018 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

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