Sara Lindeman’s doctoral defence: press release, links and photos

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

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.



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Doctoral dissertation

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