Cooperation and impact

Understanding humans in change


Nordic collaboration in arctic research is very strong. It includes participation in collaborative networks and research visits by Nordic scholars to Oulu, and Oulu researchers visiting Nordic universities and research institutes. Collaboration has led to on-going research projects and several joint publications in leading journals, and conferences presentations.

In 2017, the University of Oulu expanded its connections in China by signing a 5-year bilateral cooperation agreement with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). The main target is to elaborate on factors and mechanisms that contribute to or prevent economically relevant innovation and entrepreneurship, with special focus on Finland and China. Furthermore, the collaboration strives to support continuity in cooperation and encourage multidisciplinary research.

Finnish-African cooperation has a long tradition at the University of Oulu, starting from the mid-1990s. In the beginning, the cooperation focused on teacher education development through North-South-South programme exchange activities and intensive courses in Namibia, Zambia, South Africa, Tanzania and Mauritius, and Higher Education Institutional Cooperation Programme that developed teacher education for pre-primary education with Namibia. Research collaboration has involved co-authored research publications, visiting lecturers conducting research methods workshops, and joint research projects. Representatives of the University of Oulu have been involved with institutional capacity development in several African countries, including Ethiopia, Mozambique and Tanzania, and in providing professional development for education experts of international organisations (ADEA, UNESCO, UNICEF, and the World Bank).

In human geography, the cooperation focuses especially on tourism, sustainability, community and development studies. There have been several productive joint-projects with many collaborative research publications, including co-edited textbooks, with partners from the Universities of Botswana, Johannesburg (RSA), Namibia, North-West (RSA) and Pretoria (RSA). In addition, the cooperation includes graduate school meetings and co-supervision in Master and PhD student level. The Finnish University Partnership in International Development (UniPID) network has funded research collaboration, such as conference presentations.

Finnish-American cooperation is strong through long-term cooperation with various prestigious universities, such as Stanford University, the University of Maryland, the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Iowa State University, the LeBow College of Business Drexel University, and the University of California at Berkeley. Research collaboration is done in such thematic areas as political history, information and communication technology (ICT).

Learning and Educational Technology research group (LET) has a long term research collaboration especially to Canada e.g. shared funding, reciprocal mobility and a joint research programme. Moreover, partnership in the USA consists of a joint EARLI Center for Innovative Research (E-CIR) including altogether five research units.

Eudaimonia research institute joined 2017 in to European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities, EASSH.