GenZ Talks seminar 2020 - videos available

Thursday, September 3, 2020

GenZ Talks seminar: Creative Resilience – Way Forward!

The University of Oulu's multidisciplinary GenZ profiling project organized the 2nd GenZ Talks seminar on September 3, 2020.

The topic of the GenZ Talks seminar, Resilience was very timely, not least because of global covid-19 epidemic. The seminar asked the following questions: What does 'resilience' really mean? What is it as a human capability? How is it realized at regional, organizational and individual levels? Leading experts in their own fields discussed e.g., the following questions related to resilience:

  • How resilient regions bounce back to their development paths after shocks? 
  • What is a resilient organization made of? How resilient organizations survive and adapt?
  • What is characteristic to resilient individuals? How they cope with dramatic turning points in their lives?

GenZ Talks seminar was organized as a hybrid seminar: on-site as well as online participation through Zoom and live stream were offered. Approximately 100 participants took part in the seminar through different channels. Keynote speeches discussed resilience - also the Covid-19 epidemic and its impact - on regional, organizational and individual level.

Professor Philip McCann's keynote "Resilience and Regions":
Philip McCann is a professor of Urban and Regional Economics at the University of Sheffield Management School. He is one of the world’s most highly cited and widely published economic geographers and spatial economists of his generation. He has also been an advisor to the European Commission, the OECD, the European Investment Bank, as well as government ministries and research institutes in several countries. Aspects of his research and analyses have been discussed in the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as well as media outlets in various countries. He is still affiliated with the University of Groningen, as honorary professor in Economic Geography, and he is also the Tagliaferri Research Fellow in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge 2015- 2018. Prof. McCann has an impressive list of publications. He has written several books, including Urban and Regional Economics (2001), which is currently a global bestseller and the most used book at universities on the theme of economics and spatiality. His research covers a wide range of topics and a variety of themes, including the impact of transport costs for business, the location behaviour of multinational enterprises, the development of the global labour market, international migration and mobility, regional development and restructuring, the meaning of regional knowledge centres and the relationship between innovation and regional growth.

Assoc. professor Jaakko Simonen's keynote "Resilience in the Oulu region":
Jaakko Simonen works as an associate professor in the GenZ strategic profiling theme of the University of Oulu at the Department of Economics, Accounting and Finance in Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Finland. His current research focuses on topics of the regional policy such as regional resilience and smart specialization, the inter-regional and inter-sectoral labour mobility, and roles of the industrial structure and innovation ecosystem in regional growth. He has published e.g. in Journal of Urban Economics, Papers in Regional Science, The Annals of Regional Science, Regional Science Policy & Practice, and International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business. 

Discussant by professor emeritus Rauli Svento, Oulu Business School:

Senior specialist Miira Heiniö's keynote "Resilience and organizations":
Miira Heiniö is a senior specialist at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (Työterveyslaitos, TTL). She is a social psychologist that has been enthusiastic about improving organizational performance through empowerment, systemic thinking and embracing complexity throughout her career. Her current R&D projects all involve integrating these to development of organizational resilience. As a rich field of study that combines organizational development, risk management and contingency planning, organizational resilience opens a wide range of practical implications in organizational training and development, varying from mental first aid to leadership development to stress testing for various emergencies. She sees that increasing resilience will also increase work engagement, well-being and productivity.

Discussant by professor Vesa Puhakka, Oulu Business School:

Professor Mika Pantzar's keynote "Resilience and Individuals":
Mika Pantzar is a professor in the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences. One of his current research interests focus on the economics of sport, health and wellbeing. Another research interest is related to Big Data, large data sets of various forms (human physiology, netnography etc.). His former project (2006-2011) Co-production of innovations – Towards an integrative theory of practice within the Academy of Finland and Aalto University was finalized in his co-authored book with Elizabeth Shove and Matt Watson Everyday life: The dynamics of social practice (SAGE, 2012). Mika Pantzar has published articles widely within consumer research, design and technology studies, rhetoric of economic policy, food and future studies and systems research (e.g. in Design Issue, Design Journal, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Consumer Culture, Journal of Consumer Studies and Home Economics, World Futures; journal of Futures Studies, Ethnologia Europaea, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management). Major works are published in Finnish: Domestication of technology. From science of consumption to art of consumption (Tammi, 1996) was awarded both by the Finnish State and the Finnish Science Council. Future home - inventing needs for domestic appliances. (Otava, 2000) is widely used in many universities.

Discussant by professor Satu Nätti, Oulu Business School:


The video recording of the whole seminar can be watched here:

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Last updated: 14.9.2020