INVITATION: UniPID DocNet seminar 2019 Co-Creation of Knowledge


(Photo: Luis Alfonso Monje)

Time: 10-11 October, 2019

Place: Aalto University, Espoo

Aalto Global Impact will organize a DocNet seminar in collaboration with the Finnish development research doctoral network, UniPID DocNet on October 10-11, 2019 at Aalto University. This will be a two-day retreat, including both plenary and workshop sessions. The general theme of the seminar is “Co-Creation of Knowledge”. This seminar brings together doctoral candidates and supervisors with an interest in a wide array of topics related to sustainable development, the Global South, and development policy. In doing this, the workshop will facilitate mutual learning, networking, and the exchange of knowledge and experiences between network members.

Highlights include:

  • • Doctoral candidates will receive feedback on their work from a variety of development scholars and peers
  • • Stakeholders from the NGO community, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and enterprises will help participants understand what “co-creation” means for different stakeholders, with a specific focus on how researchers can work collaboratively with non-academic stakeholders
  • • Social events for networking

All participating doctoral candidates are asked to register and submit an abstract of max 250 words of the paper they will submit to the working groups by September 22, 2019. Papers (of 3000-4000 words) to be discussed during the seminar should be submitted by October 4, 2019. More detailed instructions regarding the paper submissions will be sent to all registered doctoral candidates.

Preliminary Schedule:

Thursday, 10th October

10:00 – 12:00 Community event involving MFA and NGOs
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 13:30 Welcome
13:30 – 14:30 Session #1: The benefits of co-creation
14:30 – 15:30 Session #2: When co-creation falls apart
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee
15:45 – 16:15 Visit to United Nations Technology Lab at A-Grid (TBC)
16:15 – 17:15 Session #3: Co-creation and thesis work
17:15 – 18:30 Working group sessions #1
18:30 – 21:30 Dinner, Sauna

Friday, 11th October

07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast
08:30 – 09:00 Intro to working groups
09:00 – 12:30 Working group sessions #2
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:15 Co-Creation: Where do we go from here?
14:15 – 14:30 Coffee
14:30 – 16:00 Working group sessions #3
16:00 – 16:30 Wrap-up


Doctoral candidates are invited to register and submit their abstracts through the following link: The accommodation and meals of the participants will be covered by UniPID. The accommodation is organized in double rooms, shared with another DocNet doctoral candidate. UniPID will also cover other reasonable, national travel costs of the participants coming from outside the Helsinki metropolitan area according to the most affordable public means of transportation. For further information, please contact UniPID Coordinator Anja Onali, Tel. +358 (0)40 1811 928, email:

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This post was written by Roope Kiviranta

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