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FAPI network call for chapter contributions and research mobility

FAPI network call for chapter contributions and research mobility

Achieving social justice through social innovation and entrepreneurship: Call for chapter contributions and mobility within the FAPI network


The Åbo Akademi University and the University of Jyväskylä networks of the Finland-Africa Platform for Innovation (FAPI) jointly call for expressions of interest to take part in research cooperation in an intersection between disciplines of law, business, and development studies. The call is primarily directed at scholars that have completed their PhD within the last five years and who are working on themes related to social innovation and social entrepreneurship as means to achieve social justice.

The call is part of the work of the two universities within the Finland-Africa Platform for Innovation (SDG 9), one of the large-scale, thematic networks supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland under its Global Internationalisation Programme 2021-2024. Contributing to the implementation of Finland’s Africa Strategy and advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, FAPI works to promote research collaboration between Finnish and African higher education research institutions through facilitating researcher mobility and interdisciplinary research exchange.

In line with the FAPI objectives, we invite abstract proposals for chapters in an edited volume to be submitted to an international publisher. The call seeks contributions from the perspectives of human rights law, economics/business, development studies and anthropology on the question of what innovation for social justice could mean in the African context. We welcome proposals that explore any aspect of the entangled relation between human rights, livelihoods, and social justice, as well as the roles that different actors (individuals, groups, societies, business actors, organizations, state authorities) play in this regard, as well as learning from grassroots experiences. Particularly encouraged are abstract submissions for chapters co-authored by authors from research institutes in Finland and Africa.

African scholars who submit an abstract proposal can also apply for short-term research mobility in Finland. The selected mobility scholars will be hosted by the Åbo Akademi University Institute for Human Rights; School of Business and Economics at Åbo Akademi University; or International Development Studies at the University of Jyväskylä.

For more information, on the theme of the call, the format of the abstracts and submission, research mobility and the selection process, please see the website on Call for chapter contributions and mobility or contact us at humanrights@abo.fi