- Research Training Course 2011



Date: 13-15 June 2011
Location: Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Room FC117 (Mon – Tue) & Room FC110 (Wed)

Vuokko Kurki, Aura Salmivaara and Ossi Heino immersed in group discussions 15 June, 2011.

Vuokko Kurki, Aura Salmivaara and Ossi Heino immersed in group discussions 15 June, 2011.

Participants: Particularly for doctoral students of RYM-TO (The Doctoral Programme of the Built Environment) and VALUE (Doctoral Program in Integrated Catchment and Water Resources Management).

Hosted by: CADWES (Capacity Development in Water and Environmental Services) research team

The aim of the Research Training Course (RTC): To enhance the knowledge and understanding of participants concerning diversity of research approaches as well as inter- and multidisciplinary research regarding water resources, management, governance and services in its wider institutional framework covering the political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal dimensions.


Monday 13 June ”Diversity of Research Approaches, Theories and Thoughts”, Room FC117

9.00 Registration and Coffee
9.30 Welcome
9.40 Introduction of participants
– Introduction of the course programme and arrangements, Adjunct Professor Tapio S. Katko
– Presentation material (pdf, 0,3 MB)
11.00 ”What is Qualitative Research”, Academy Professor Pertti Alasuutari, University of Tampere
– Discussion
– Presentation material (pdf, 1,2 MB)
12.30 Lunch
13.30 ”Diversity of Research Approaches, Theories and Thoughts”, Professor Esteban Castro, Newcastle University
– Discussion
– Presentation material (pdf, 2,1 MB)
15.00 Coffee
15.30 ”Integration in Water Management and Research”, Dr. Marko Keskinen, Aalto University
– Discussion
– Presentation material (pdf, 0,4 MB)
16.30 – 17.30 Groupwork with research themes
During each day individual discussions with visiting experts and candidates Room FC 326 (one per student during the course)

Tuesday 14 June ”Water and Society”, Room FC117

9.00 ”Water and Society”, Professor Esteban Castro, Newcastle University
– Discussion
– Presentation material (pdf, 2,0 MB)
10.30 Coffee
10.45 ”Water management in a social context – A framework for analysing partipatory scenario-making”, Riku Varjopuro, Finnish Environment Institute
– Discussion
– Presentation material (pdf, 0,5 MB)
12.00 Lunch
13.00 ”Restoring migratory fish populations in regulated rivers and built environment – an interdisciplinary approach”Professor Jaakko Erkinaro, Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute
– Discussion
– Presentation material (pdf, 11 MB)
14.30 Coffee
15.00 ”Relevance of the Pasts for Futures”, Adjunct Professor Tapio S. Katko
– Discussion
– Presentation material (pdf, 4,6 MB)
16.00 – 17.00 Groupwork with research themes
During each day individual discussions with visiting experts and candidates Room FC 326 (one per student during the course)

Wednesday 15 June ”The Way Forward”, Room FC110

9.00 ”Beyond bean-counting: a broader view of accounting, societies and water services”, Dr. Eija Vinnari, University of Turku, Department of Accounting and Finance
– Discussion, experiences on the interdisciplinary dissertation process
– Presentation material (pdf, 0,3 MB)
10.30 Coffee
11.00 ”Research on Strategic and Visionary Management of Water”, Adjunct Professor, Senior Consultant Jarmo Hukka, Ramboll-Finland
– Discussion
– Presentation material (pdf, 0,7 MB)
12.00 Lunch
13.00 ”Need for more -pracademic- research regarding public works, management and policy”, Professor Willard Price, Pacific University
– Discussion
– Presentation material (pdf, 0,7 MB)
14.00 Coffee
14.30 Groupwork (Reflective discussions on the advance reading and the course)
15.30 Assessment of the course and Final discussions
16.00 Closure
During each day individual discussions with visiting experts and candidates Room FC 326 (one per student during the course)


Pertti ALASUUTARI, PhD, is Academy Professor at the University of Tampere, Department of Social Research. He is editor of the European Journal of Cultural Studies, and has published widely in the areas of social theory, cultural and media studies, and social research methodology. His current research focuses on the role of knowledge production in global governance. His books include Researching Culture: Qualitative Method and Cultural Studies (Sage, 1995), An Invitation to Social Research(Sage 1998), Rethinking the Media Audience (Sage 1999), and Social Theory and Human Reality (Sage 2004).

José Esteban CASTRO is Professor of Sociology at Newcastle University, United Kingdom. He was previously a Research Associate at the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University, Lecturer in Development Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Lecturer in Political Ecology at University College London. He was born in Argentina and has an interdisciplinary background in social science. Castro obtained the title of BA and Lecturer in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires (1983-1988), studied for a BA in Psychology at the same university (1984-1990), has a Masters in Social Sciences from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences in Mexico (1990-1992), and a DPhil in Politics from Oxford University (1993-1998).

Jaakko ERKINARO, PhD (Biol) is a Research Director and Professor at Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Oulu. His research interests include population dynamics, ecology, stock assessment and restoration of migratory salmonid fish, especially Atlantic salmon, including interdisciplinary approaches in accounting for biological, social and economic aspects in management and re-buidling of salmonid populations.

Jarmo J. HUKKA, DSc(CivEng), Senior Consultant at Ramboll Finland and Adjunct Professor at Tampere University of Technology has 34 years of professional experience in the water sector, including 12 years in developing countries. His research interests include governance, asset management and strategic development of water services.

Tapio S KATKO is a sanitary engineer, Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor at Tampere University of Technology, heading the Capacity Development in Water and Environmental Services (CADWES) research team. His main research interests are long-term development of water and related infrastructure as well as institutional, management and policy issues of water and sanitation services. He is the author of several books and papers.

Marko KESKINEN is a researcher at Aalto University’s Water & Development Research Group. His research topics include water management, livelihood and governance analyses and impact assessment, with a focus on the Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia. He is particularly interested in integrated approaches used in management, assessments as well as in science – the latter being discussed under the terms inter- and transdisciplinarity.

Will PRICE, is a Professor of Operations and Engineering Management at the University of Pacific in California. He has a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer in California. Dr. Price’s graduate degrees include Public Works Administration and Management Science/Industrial Engineering. He has been teaching for over 35 years at the Universities of Arizona, Southern California and Pacific, mostly in quantitative analysis, operations management, supply chain/logistics and project management. Professor Price’s eclectic set of research interests include operations/quality improvement, supply chain/seaports, water resources/infrastructure and service design and quality. He is the Development Editor for the journal Public Works Management and Policy. His latest publications include a review of the Katrina Catastrophe and a book chapter on Seaport Operations and Security.

Riku VARJOPURO, MA is a senior research at the Finnish Environment Institute’s unit of Governance Studies. In his work Riku Varjopuro has concentrated on social scientific research on natural resources management and policies especially focussing on questions of collaborative decision making as well linkages of livelihoods and implementation of policies. His research has covered various issues from river basin management to marine protection and nature conservation.

Eija VINNARI, D.Sc.(Eng), M.Sc.(Econ) is a Postdoctoral Researcher of accounting at Turku School of Economics (University of Turku). She obtained her doctorate in 2008 with a thesis focusing on the consequences of accounting and management reforms in the water sector. Her current research interests include environmental accounting as well as public sector accounting with special reference to water services.