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Åbo Akademi University Honorary Doctors 2016

The University honours a person with an honorary doctorate either for the person’s solid scientific merits or in acknowledgement of substantial contributions in society. In 2016 Åbo Akademi University’s confers 14 Honorary Doctors:

Head of Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit at EMBL Jan Ellenberg, Heidelberg, Germany
Professor emeritus of ethics Carl-Henric Grenholm, Uppsala, Sweden
Professor emeritus of marketing Christian Grönroos, Helsinki
Professor emerita of history Yvonne Hirdman, Stockholm, Sweden
Professor emeritus of groundwater chemistry Gunnar Jacks, Stockholm, Sweden
Research professor, director of community relations at Kela Olli Kangas, Helsinki
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Raymond E. Levitt, Stanford, USA
Journalist and author Herman Lindqvist, Warsaw, Poland
Professor emerita of law Lena Marcusson, Uppsala, Sweden
Professor of education William Pinar, Vancouver, Canada
Professor emeritus of political science Lawrence E Rose, Oslo, Norway
Professor of education Karin Rönnerman, Göteborg, Sweden
Author Lars Sund, Uppsala, Sweden
Master of Science Carola Teir-Lehtinen, Helsinki

As a jubilee doctor, a doctor who defended his thesis 50 years ago, is conferred:
Doctor of Theology, archbishop emeritus John Vikström, Turku.

 


An Honorary Doctor of Philosophy is awarded by the Faculty of Arts, Psychology and Theology to:

Professor emerita Yvonne Hirdman

Yvonne Hirdman is professor emerita of gender history at the University of Gothenburg. She has also been active at the University of  Stockholms and at  Södertörn University. Hirdman was one of the founders of the Forum for women researchers and gender studies at the University of Stockholm. She is the author of many books, among others three biographies and she was chief editor of the work Sveriges historia 1920–1965 (2012).

Yvonne Hirdman is conferred to honorary doctor of philosophy for her huge importance for the subject of history and for the development of gender history and an interdisciplinary genus field also in Finland. She has a great interest in Finland and has in her production of Sweden’s modern history proved the importance of the relations to Finland and the Finnish.


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Hirdman
The author Lars Sund

Lars Sund is an award-winning Finland-Swedish author residing in Sweden. Sund has a background in journalism, as a journalist at Jakobstads tidning, Åbo Underrättelser and the longest period at vid Upsala Nya Tidning. Sund made his debut in 1974 and has been a free writer since 1999. His best known work is the trilogy about the Finnish fictive village Siklax which commences with the book Colorado Avenue 1991. Sund studied English, Swedish and comparative literature at the Åbo Akademi University in the 1970ies. The novel Vinterhamn (1983) is about the student life in Turku at that time.

Lars Sund is conferred to honorary doctor of philosophy in recognition of his long and successful authorship in which he through thorough historical research has made Finland-Swedish life vivid, in particular that of Ostrobothnia.

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Sund

 

An Honorary Doctor of Theology is awarded by the Faculty of Arts, Psychology and Theology to:

Professor emeritus Carl-Henric Grenholm

Carl-Henric Grenholm is professor emeritus of ethics at the University of Uppsala and has dedicated his research to the metatheory of ethics, Christian social ethics and the relation between ethics and economics etc. Within the doctoral education Grenholm has cooperated with the subject theological ethics and philosophy of religion at Åbo Akademi University through e.g. mutual doctoral seminars. Grenholm’s list of publications is sturdy and indeed he is a prominent author of textbooks for the education at Åbo Akademi University.

Carl-Henric Grenholm is awarded the honorary doctor of theology for his scientific merits and his generous scientific contribution and good cooperation with the Åbo Akademi University.

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Grenholm

 

An Honorary Doctor of Philosophy (Education) is awarded by the Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies to:

Professor William Pinar

William Pinar is Professor of Curriculum Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He is one of the world’s leading researchers in his field and has during the last few years made a particular contribution to the transnational and comparative curricula research including the ongoing research in China. Pinar has dealt with the theme of curriculum and education broadly and by combining the North American educational tradition with the European educational theory. He has cooperated with Åbo Akademi University in numerous different projects.

William Pinar is awarded the honorary doctor of philosophy (education) for his scientific merits within education research.

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Pinar
Professor Karin Rönnerman

Karin Rönnerman is a professor at the University of Gothenburg. For 15 years her teaching and research interests have been in the fields of the professional development of teachers, school development, systematic quality development at school and generated leadership. Rönnerman is one of the best known Nordic researchers of action research and supervisor of applied teacher knowledge development. She has been the leading figure in creating, maintaining and developing Nordic networks of action research and the international network Pedagogy, Education and Praxis, in which educational researchers form Åbo Akademi University have been long-term involved.

Karin Rönnerman is awarded the honorary doctor of philosophy (education) for her considerable scientific contributions concerning the professional development of teachers.

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Rönnerman

 

An Honorary Doctor of Social Sciences is awarded by the Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies to:

Research professor Olli Kangas

Olli Kangas is director of community relations at Kela. He has a long academic career within social sciences, among other things as professor at the University of Turku and research leader at the Danish Institute for Social Research in Copenhagen. He has specialized in comparative research concerning social institutions, income distribution and poverty plus pension politics.

Olli Kangas is one of the foremost Finnish researchers of social politics and is conferred to honorary doctor of social sciences for his essential role for our understanding of the development of the Finnish welfare state model.

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Kangas

 

An Honorary Doctor of Social Sciences is awarded by the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics to:

Journalist and author Herman Lindqvist

Herman Lindqvist is a journalist and author with a background as foreign correspondent who has specialized in wars and catastrophes. For over twenty years he worked as a journalist for many different newspapers with placement in a number of big cities around the world. In 1991 Lindqvist became a full time author and has since published 59 books, chronicles and has produced popular science programs for SVT.

Herman Lindqvist is conferred to honorary doctor of social sciences for his successful contributions within journalism with a special focus on Finland and our relation to Sweden.

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Lindqvist
Professor emerita Lena Marcusson

Lena Marcusson is professor emerita of administrative law at the University of Uppsala, where she has also been vice-rector. She has a number of important commissions of trust, for example she is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science. Marcusson has researched central questions of administrative law, her specialties being: the limitations of public administration, good administration and rights in public administration.

Lena Marcusson is conferred to honorary doctor of social sciences for her successful contributions within journalism with a special focus on Finland and our relation for her long and successful research career and her engagement within law.

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Professor emeritus Lawrence E Rose

Lawrence E Rose is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Oslo in Norway. His scientific interest spans a wide area of administration and municipalities. His research has focused on democratic citizenship and the development of public policy, particularly municipal policy and administration. During the last 25 years, Rose has taken an active part in the activities of Åbo Akademi University, through his close cooperation with social scientists, particularly researchers of municipalities and democracy. He is one of the leading researchers of local government. For a quarter of a century he has collaborated within a Nordic network for research on community governance. Annual researcher conventions have in turn been held at different sites, at Åbo Akademi University among others.

Lawrence E Rose is conferred to honorary doctor of social sciences for his scientific contributions to municipal research and his longstanding cooperation with Åbo Akademi University.

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An Honorary Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration) is awarded by the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics to:

Professor emeritus Christian Grönroos

Christian Grönroos is professor emeritus of Service and Relationship Marketing at Hanken School of Economics. He is an internationally recognized researcher and pioneer in service marketing. He has also had many positions of trust in academic as well as business circles. Grönroos has been selected as a "Legend in Marketing" - the first one outside the USA – a title held by the most renown scholars in the field of marketing.

Christian Grönroos is conferred to honorary doctor of science (economics and business administration) for his remarkable research contributions to the field of service marketing.

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Grönroos

 

An Honorary Doctor of Science (Technology) is awarded by the Faculty of Science and Engineering to:

Professor Raymond E. Levitt

Raymond E. Levitt is Professor of Engineering at Stanford University, USA. He is an internationally recognized top researcher within infrastructure and industrial projects, with specialties: project management, sustainable investments in infrastructure and financing industrial investments. He also has broad experience of commercialization and start-up companies. Since 2002 Levitt has been cooperating with Åbo Akademi and together with his research team he is the most important partner of the Laboratory of Industrial Management at the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Raymond E. Levitt is conferred to honorary doctor of science (technology) for his successful research and his good cooperation with the researchers at the Laboratory of Industrial Management of Åbo Akademi University.

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Levitt

 

An Honorary Doctor of Philosophy is awarded by the Faculty of Science and Engineering to:

Head of Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit Jan Ellenberg

Jan Ellenberg heads Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit at European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. He belongs to the elite in his research field on factors regulating the cell cycle. As head of EMBL he has a prominent position in the community of cell biologists and he is also the initiator and prominent figure within life sciences and cellular research. In these connections he has advanced Åbo Akademi University’s cellular research, as well as Turku Bio imaging.

Jan Ellenberg is conferred to honorary doctor of philosophy for his scientific merits within cell biology plus his engagement in the bio sciences and Åbo Akademi Uniersity.

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Ellenberg
Professor emeritus Gunnar Jacks

Gunnar Jacks is professor emeritus of groundwater chemistry at KTH. Jacks has profound knowledge in the field of global water supply and has over different periods worked in water supply projects abroad, above all in India and Bangladesh. Since 1996 Jacks has had ties to Åbo Akademi University, and in 2002-2006 he acted guest professor at the Institute of Geology and Mineralogy. With his versatile knowledge he has been a great resource for the research and tuition within environmental geological chemistry. In addition, he has been a prized teacher at CLL.

Gunnar Jacks is conferred to honorary doctor of philosophy in recognition of him being a profound scientific resource for Åbo Akademi University.

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Jacks
FM Carola Teir-Lehtinen

Carola Teir-Lehtinen is a professional board member, having had a long career at Fortum Oyj, where she first was corporate Vice President for environment, health and safety, then Senior Vice President of corporate communications and corporate Vice President of sustainability and a member of the management team. As a board member of around ten companies and numerous positions of trust Teir-Lehtinen has been a considerable contribution to profession and society.

Carola Teir-Lehtinen is conferred to honorary doctor of philosophy for her successful work for industry’s environmental questions, her efforts to promote education in science and engineering in Finland and for her active engagement as an alumna at Åbo Akademi University.

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Teir-Lehtinen

 

An Jubilee Doctor is awarded to:

Vikström

Doctor of Theology,
archbishop emeritus
John Vikström


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Modified 11.3.2016 Anna-Maria Nordman