Experts Network

MEKEI, in conjunction with WASD, has built a strong network of researchers, policy makers, educators, consultants and employers from all parts of the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss current developments and challenges. This directory can be used to help find, support and collaborate with experts from the network. Interested in joining the expert directory? Complete the application form. Please check your details in our directory after 48 hrs and if you can not find your name, please contact the directory coordinator at You can also join the expert directories of our sister organisation: World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) and Sudan Knowledge (SK).

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Prof. Liisa Laakso

Dean University of HelsinkiSocial Sciences


Location: Helsinki, Finland


Professor Liisa Laakso is political scientist and the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. Her areas of expertise include conflicts, democratisation, African studies and development cooperation. Previously she held the UNESCO Chair in Development and International Cooperation at the University of Jyväskylä. She has directed the research project DIASPEACE (funded under the 7th EU Framework Programme). Her articles have been published in the Journal of Modern African Studies, Journal of International Development, Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, the Round Table, International Journal of Development Issues, African Studies Quarterly, Nordic Journal of African Studies and Current Research on Peace and Violence. Her most recent publication is an edited volume ”Diasporas, Conflict and Peace in the Horn of Africa” (Zed books, 2014) with P. Hautaniemi. She is member of Finland’s Economic Policy Council, the Development Policy Committee of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, member of the Academy of Finland Research Council for Culture and Society and member of the European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions’ Advisory Group.

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