Ecosocial Perspectives to the Mining Industry

Alkaa kello
Päättyy kello

Virta rakennus 243 (osoite: Åkerlundinkatu 5)



Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö & Bipin Jojo / YKY

The workshop is free of cost and open for all interested.

In social work, the standpoint of ecosocial (or alternatively ecological, environmental or green) social work is that social work together with other social sciences and social professions has a role to play in the broader cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary sustainability transition of societies. The ecosocial transition is essentially about balancing the economic and social realms of societies within ecologically sustainable limits. The transition is seen as urgently necessary and requiring profound changes in in all areas of societies. The particular task of social work and other social sciences is to understand and work upon the social embeddedness of the transition.

The ecosocial transition calls for a substantial reduction in the use of non-renewable natural resources, including minerals. At the moment this seems to be a distant dream, as both the everyday life and economic development of modern societies lie heavily on the availability of minerals. In Finland the global resource commodity boom of early 2000s led to the opening of several new mines. However, the present resource extraction system dominated by a small number of transnational corporations, internationalized production networks, and the global concentration of resources consumption among the wealthiest has also raised plenty of criticisms and resistance, especially on environmental and social justice grounds.

The workshop provides a brief introduction to the ecosocial approach in social work and further focuses on the consequences of mineral extraction particularly in Eastern India and Northern Finland, discussing also the scopes of ecosocial work in relation to mineral extraction and consumption. The organisers are planning to make an e-learning course on the same themes, so the discussions are used to further develop the course idea.

10.15 Opening words, introducing the aims of the workshop
10.20 The ecosocial (environmental/ecological/green) approach in social work (Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö)
10.40 Why an ecosocial perspective to the mining industry? (Ranta-Tyrkkö & Jojo)
11.00 Mining Industry and its Social and Economic Consequences in the State of Odisha, India, with a particular focus on the consequences for the indigenous (Adivasi) people (Bipin Jojo)
12.00 Dalit and Adivasi Centred Social Work in India and the Ecosocial Approach? (Bipin Jojo)

Lunch (at everyone’s own cost)

13.30 An Ecosocial Angle to the Mining Industry in the Global North? Observations from Northern Finland and Northern Ontario, Canada (Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö)
14:30 How to develop an e-learning course on the workshop themes?
15.00 Closing the workshop

Please sign up (RSVP) at latest 1 November 2016 by e-mail to so that we can reserve sufficient amount of refreshments.

Ranta-Tyrkkö is currently researching the consequences of the mining Industry for disadvantaged groups in northern Finland and northern Odisha (Academy of Finland 2014-2017).

Jojo has a long history of research on issues of indigenous (Adivasi) communities in India, development induced displacement, resettlement and rehabilitation, and Dalit and Adivasi centred social work.



Satu Ranta-Tyrkkö, Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tampere,
Bipin Jojo, Professor of Social Work, Centre for Social Justice and Governance, School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India (visiting professor in the University of Tampere 23.10.-11.11.2016),