Open Seminar on Society, Diversity and Markets, 17.10.2018

Society, Diversity and Markets – multidisciplinary discussions on the role of ethnic minorities in society and markets

SWiPE research projects organizes Open Seminar on Society, Diversity and Markets on Wednesday 17th October in the Turku School of Economics. The theme of the seminar is the role of ethnic minorities in society and markets. Seminar’s keynote speaker is professor Monder Ram. Ram is a director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship at the Aston University, UK. He is also appointed as visiting professor of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at the TSE.

Date: Wednesday 17.10.2018
Time: 13:00-15:45
Place: Turku School of Economics (TSE), University of Turku, (Rehtorinpellonkatu 3), Lecture room 31


13:00 – 13:15 Welcome & Coffee
13:15 – 14:00 Keynote speaker, Prof. Monder Ram (Aston University, UK; SWiPE): Assessing the Contribution of Migrant Entrepreneurship
14:00 – 14:25 Associate Prof. Magdalena Kmak (Åbo Akademi University): Migration, precarity and mobile commons (TBC)
14:25 – 14:50 D.Soc.Sc. Anu Yijälä & M.A., MEd. Tiina Luoma (City of Helsinki, Polkuja työhön): The role of (in)adequate employment for immigrant well-being and adaptation in Finland
14:50 – 15:15 PhD. student Maria Hokkinen (Åbo Akademi University): Unacceptable consumption? Conflicts of refugee consumption in a Nordic welfare state
15:15 – 15:45 Discussion & Closing

Seminar is free of charge.

For the coffee please sign up by emailing by Mon 15th Oct. The room takes about 30 people comfortably, so it is first come, first served. Seminar is organized by SWiPE consortium.

Additional information: Satu Aaltonen (, tel. +358 50 505 3630)


About the speakers:

Professor Monder Ram is a director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship, Aston University UK. He is also a Visiting professor at the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at TSE.

Ram has extensive experience of working in, researching and acting as a consultant to small and ethnic minority businesses. He is a leading authority on small business and ethnic minority entrepreneurship research and has published widely on the subject. In particular, his work has concentrated upon the dynamics of ethnic minority entrepreneurship, employment relations in small firms, and the role of the family within the small enterprise. Establishing the importance of policy in relation to these issues, and approaches, has been a key feature of recent research activities. More information on him can be found from his LinkedIn page here.

  • Magdalena Kmak works as an Associate Professor in Minority Studies at Åbo Akademi University and a team leader/researcher in the Subproject: Migration and the narrative of Europe as an “Area of freedom, security and justice” at the The Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives ( at the University of Helsinki. More information on her can be found here.
  • Anu Yijälä is a Researcher for the City of Helsinki, and a Project Manager in Polkuja työhön research project, funded by the Strategic Research Council, Academy of Finland. Together with Tiina Luoma she has co-authored a report: ‘”En halua istua veronmaksajan harteilla, haluan olla veronmaksaja itse”. Haastattelututkimus maahanmuuttajien työmarkkinapoluista ja työnteon merkityksestä heidän hyvinvoinnilleen’, which is available here. Yijälä’s list of publications can be found here.
  • Maria Hokkinen is a Doctoral Student in International Marketing at Åbo Akademi University. More information can be found on her LinkedIn page here.