Category: Events

Sustainability Revolutions -exhibition

New Global is a part of this exhibition that brings together art from Aalto’s innovative interdisciplinary projects on sustainability such as: paintings on consumer culture, water filtration system, innovation for poverty alleviation, design for food circularity, art education on sharing, a bike made of nanocellulose and video art on self-folding composite materials.

Sustainability Revolutions is curated by visual artist,
Dr. Riikka Mäkikoskela and Dr. Taneli Tuovinen, lecturer from Aalto ARTS.

The exhibition opens on Aalto Sustainability Day, May 18 at 9 a.m at Dipoli Hall.

You are warmly welcome!

World changing innovations at SuomiAreena

New Global will organise a discussion on world changing innovations together with FIBS ry and Nordnet Bank at SuomiAreena. We’ll bring on stage companies, whose innovations build sustainable future.

Time July 17th 11:30-12:30

SuomiAreena, Eetunaukion lava, Pori

On stage

  • Sustainability specialist Pia Fagerström, Neste
  • CEO Heli Kurjanen, Lune Group
  • CEO Suvi Haimi, Sulapac 
  • Strategist Jukka Oksaharju, Nordnet
  • facilitators Minna Halme & Helena Kekki.

Sara Lindeman’s doctoral defense: Early-phase market organizing in subsistence settings

Doctoral defence: Sustainable development in emerging markets requires active and reformative market organizing

Time: 19.1.2018 kl. 12.00
Place: Futurum, Hanken, Arkadiagatan 22, Helsingfors
Opponent: Professor Hans Kjellberg, Stockholm School of Economics
Kustos: Professor Veronica Liljander, Hanken School of Economics

Sustainable development refers to a balans between the social, ecological and economical. In her doctoral dissertation “Early-phase market organizing in subsistence settings”, Sara Lindeman studies how informal trade in urban slum areas is gradually organized into markets. The empirical work is done in East-Africa, India and Brazil. The studies examine when market organizing can lift people out of poverty, and provides insight into market organizing for sustainable development at large.

”Established economic theories claim that markets are best organized through a en “laissez-faire”- attitude. My research shows empowerment of disadvantaged groups to actively participate in market organizing processes is necessary for sustainable development”, says Lindeman

Current power strucures benefit from the fact that market organizing processes tend to remain invisible and unspoken. This makes it more difficult to do the reforms of the economic system that are needed for sustainable development. Lindeman develops conceptual tools to understand and influence market organizing at an early stage

”Path dependence is strong in market organizing. Steering the process towards greater power-distribution and sustainable development from the outset is easier that changing established institutions. There is a potential for innovative and sustainable market organizing in emerging markets”, says Lindeman.

More information:

Sara Lindeman, + 358 50 448 5040

Researcher and project manager, Aalto New Global

The research is based on several ethnographic studies and published in three journals. The public defens takes place on Friday the 19th of January, 2018, as part of Marketing research at Hanken School of Economics.


East Africa Day

Kick off the new year with fresh perspectives on sustainable innovation and development!

East Africa Day is the first special training event for Aalto students working on multidisciplinary community challenges in Eastern Africa.

Organised by Aalto Global Impact, the morning programme on 12 January is open for everyone – do join us to hear both academic and practitioner viewpoints on the opportunities and challenges of innovation work and development in Eastern Africa!


Aalto Global Impact

Zaake Wanume Kibedi, Ambassador (Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in the Nordic Countries)
Tonny K. Omwansa (Director, C4Dlab, University of Nairobi)

ACADEMIC DIALOGUE: Perspectives on sustainable development
Eija Ranta (University of Helsinki)
Sara Lindeman (New Global, Aalto University)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Sustainable innovation in East Africa
Jussi Impiö (Demos Helsinki, Fuzu)
Saija Hollmén (Ukumbi/Hollmen Reuter Sandman architects)


Participate in the discussion on Twitter with #EastAfricaDay

Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development

Professor Minna Halme will present her paper “Collective sensemaking in multi-sector groups: The co-creation of inclusive business for poverty alleviation” in Leiden in the Frugal Innovation conference.

New Global researcher Marleen Wierenga will also present at the conference.

The conference will assess Frugal Innovation not only as a theoretical concept, but also as a policy tool in responding to three significant sustainability (social, economic, environmental) challenges in an ever more complex world.

What is architects’ role in climate change?

New Global researcher Helena Sandman will be speaking (in Finnish) at Habitare fair. Along with Ville Hara, she will discuss how architects can affect the interaction between people and what kind of roles they can take in preventing climate change. Read more.



What makes home a home?

What makes home a home? Is home just the space between the walls of an apartment? What makes a city a home to its residents?

New Global researcher Helena Sandman discusses these themes as a part of Helsinki Design Week. Read more.

SuomiAreena: Suomi 100 vuoden päästä: Make sustainability great again

Time: July 12th, 3:15 PM
Place: Purje stage, Pori, SuomiAreena

New Global is on stage at SuomiAreena. Together with among others Pekka Haavisto and Sixten Korkman, Sara Lindeman discusses (in Finnish) the theme Finland after 100 years: Make sustainability great again. More information later in the summer. There will be live stream from the event.

Program is available here. New Global organises this event with Sitra, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Anglo American and Gasum.

Jarkko Levänen presents frugal energy solutions at Energy Gala

Photo: Lindsay Simmons

Energy Gala
Time: Tuesday 23.5 15.00-17.00
Location: Learning centre (Otaniementie 9), Makerspace

Energy platform invites you to celebrate the recent achievements in the diverse field of energy research and teaching at Aalto University. Network with peers while enjoying snacks and drinks.


15.00 Welcome!

Prof. Martti Larmi – Joint Master’s Program in Advanced Energy Solutions (ENG, ELEC, CHEM)

Prof. Sanna Syri – One of the biggest energy projects in Aalto funded in 2016: Failandiasta Winlandiaan

Juuso Lindgren (Awarded Alumni) – Tekes energy start-up of the year

Pitch talks related to research highlights, recents appointments and new projects in the following fields:
Lecturer Janne Halme (SCI, appointed spring 2016) – Hey! We could print our solar cells as photographs!
Assistant professor Sandip Bankar (CHEM, appointed spring 2016) – Biobutanol – a next general biofuel?
Post doc Jarkko Levänen (BIZ) – Frugal Energy Innovations
Assistant professor Ville Vuorinen (ENG, appointed 2015) – Thermodynamics and Combustion
Post doc Floran Martin (ELEC) – Multiscale model: a multi-physics tool to predict ferromagnetic material behavior
Professor of Practice Mikko Jalas (ARTS, appointed summer 2016) – ARTS view: active making of energy transitions

17.00 Closing words – event ends

More information.