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Our Research

In 2016, we held several discussions to define the University of Tampere (UTA) profile of the Global Health and Development discipline. Based on the outcome, we have been planning our research strategy and have started to implement it in 2017.     

Our research focus is in line with the overall focus of the UTA GHD

Global Health and Development in the University of Tampere is an inter- and transdisciplinary study on interaction of global phenomena and globalization with health and wellbeing of people.  

Women´s education

Mikko Perkiö, our university instructor, recently finalized his ´s doctoral thesis: “Women’s Education and Infant Survival. A Comparative Analysis of Eighty Low and Middle Income Countries”. The research takes bold stance in addressing global social factors behind infant survival. It applies structural equation modelling for identifying pathways between women’s education and infant survival.   

Male involvement

Male involvement is a globally acknowledged strategy to improve maternal health.  Studies in various setting have shown that it is associated with many positive maternal health impacts. Yet in practice, in many countries men are rarely involved.

Pauliina Aarnio is finishing a doctoral thesis investigating perceptions of men on their role and involvement in their daily live in communities, not in the more researched facility-level, in health issues during pregnancy and delivery. She has studied the topic in a low-income rural context with major challenges to improve maternal and newborn health. .

Social protection for health

We collaborate with the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) & OECD EU Social Protection Systems programme. It works with stakeholders of eleven partner countries facilitating social protection system reforms prioritised by the partner Governments. The Programme provides unique opportunities to joint research with case countries and opens prospects to study diverse institutional settings for systems development and wellbeing.  We have started to conduct research with Zambia and Namibia.

Fragile states and diaspora

A key topic of our research is fragile states experiencing the hardest development challenges of our time. There are about 1.5 billion people living in fragile countries. Most of today’s wars take place in fragile contexts and the majority of the world’s poor live there. Our focus is on strengthening health systems, a key prerequisite for tackling for instance reducing maternal mortality and controlling serious epidemics. We are interested in new instruments in development co-operation, namely the temporary return of diaspora professionals.    


Join us! We encourage interested students and scientists to develop research proposals suitable for PhD or post-doctoral training.

Global Health & Development related groups at the University of Tampere

International Perspectives on Educational Discourses, Policies and Practices

The research group consists of interconnected studies which investigate the discursive formation of educational policies on international and local arenas and the intended and unintended effects of policies on educational practice. Geographically our research focuses on Russia and a number of developing countries (currently Ethiopia, Cambodia and Sierra Leone, previously also Afghanistan and Tanzania). The flagship of the research group is the Russia sub-project in the research consortium Trans-national Dynamics of Quality Assurance Policies and Evaluation in Brazil, China and Russia

Prof. Tuomas Takala,

CIRCMI Research on Information, Customer and Innovation Management

Asia Business Academy –concept

Vision: Asia Business Academy is an international center for Asia related activities on business, technology and society issues at the University of Tampere.

The  objectives of this center are: Develop i) an umbrella RDI organisation for studies on Asia Business, Technology and Society issues, ii) program management of research relevant to Finnish business and industry, iii) based on RDI efforts offer courses, seminars and conferences on Asia related competencies, and iv) Collaborate with Asia oriented research, development and innovation oriented organisations globally.

Prof. Mikko Ruohonen, mikko.j.ruohonen(at)

Global Health Group at the Tampere Center for Child Health Research, School of Medicine

We aim at improved understanding of the causes, development, consequences prevention and management of selected globally important health problems, especially among children and pregnant women. Our current research is mostly focused on maternal and child health, with special emphasis on three interrelated conditions: maternal and child malaria and other infections, preterm birth, and childhood malnutrition.

Prof. Per Ashorn, per.ashorn(at)

The Higher Education Group (HEG)

The Higher Education Group (HEG) is a unit focusing on higher education research and teaching at the University of Tampere, School of Management. HEG provide research and consultancy services to higher education sector and stakeholders. HEG has extensive teaching experience and expertise in programmes that provide continuing education for Higher Education administrators through its KOHA programmes. HEG also coordinates Finnish Master’s programme on HE management, and modules taught at University of Tampere from the European Commission-funded Master of Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE ERASMUS) coordinated in partnership with Danube University, Krems (Austria), University of Applied Sciences Osnabruck (Germany) and Beijing Normal University (China).

Moreover, HEG has strong experience of international collaboration. In general, HEG has participated in many projects and programmes enhancing the responsive capacity of higher education institutions in national and international development engagements and innovation programmes for example in Sub-Saharan Africa and China. In Particular, HEG has been active in developing various capacity development projects in Uganda, South Africa and Cameroon over the past few years. For instance, through the funding found from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, HEG has developed and implemented two successful major institutional capacity development projects in Uganda that focus on Building Institutional Capacity Training Leadership and Management of Ugandan Universities (LMUU) 2011-2012, and Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Higher Education Leadership and Management in sub-Saharan Africa (LMUU II) 2013-2015, and currently applied for similar project in Ethiopia that focuses on developing the Institutional Capacity of Ethiopian Universities in Higher Education Leadership and Management (LMEU), 2017-2019.

Prof. Seppo Hölttä, seppo.holtta(at)

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