RESUME

Name: Sirkku Kristiina Hellsten, Doc Soc Sci. (Helsinki)

Present academic positions:

Coordinator for the Philosophy Program and the Head of the Philosophy Unit, University of Dar es Salaam
Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science and Public Administration,
University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Docent of Moral and Social Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki
Senior Research Fellow, Development Ethics Project, Academy of Finland

Present Contact Address:

Philosophy Unit
Department of Political Science and
Public Administration
University of Dar es Salaam
P.O. Box 35042
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

fax 255-22-2410 357
tel. 255-22-2410 339
cell. 255-744-470 945

e-mail: shellste@eudoramail.com, skhellsten@yahoo.com

ACADEMIC EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

1997 Doctor of Social Sciences (Social and Political Philosophy) by Department of Practical Philosophy, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. Dissertation thesis on political philosophy "In Defense of Moral Individualism: critical look at the liberal-communitarian debate". Graded: Eximia cum laude approbatur.

1994 Licenciate's degree in Social Sciences (Social and Political Philosophy) by Department of Practical Philosophy, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. Thesis: "Oikeutta ilman kohtuutta (Justice without moderation". Critique of modern liberal conception of justice). Graded: Laudatur.

1992 M.A. in Social Sciences (Moral Philosophy) by Department of Practical Philosophy, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. Pro Gradu Thesis: "Hyvinvointi ja distributiivinen oikeudenmukaisuus (Well-being and distributive justice)". Graded: Eximia cum laude approbatur.

1985-87 MTi, Diploma in Public Relations and Organizational Communication, Institute of Marketing, Helsinki (B.A. Equivalent in Communication and PR Vocational Training)

ACADEMIC CAREER:

2001 Visiting Scholar
Department of Philosophy, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (for 5 months)

2000-present Head of the Philosophy Unit, Philosophy Programme Coordinator,
Philosophy Unit and Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science,  University of Dar es Salaam

1999-00 Visiting Researcher and Lecturer, University of Dar es Salaam

1998-99 Visiting Fulbright Scholar , the Ethics Center, University of South Florida

1998- Docent of Practical Philosophy, University of Helsinki

1997- Senior Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki/Academy of Finland

1997 DAAD Research Fellow (Deutsche Akademische Austausdienst Scholarship),
Institut für Wissenschaft und Ethik, Bonn Universität, Germany

1992-1996 Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki

1992-1996 Lecturer in Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki,

Other academic activities include participation in a numerous (approx. 100) of international and domestic philosophical and scientific conferences and symposiums (in Europe, North America, Africa and Australasia) with contributed as well as with invited papers.

Also has participated in number of public discussions (in Europe, USA as well as in Africa), panels and debates as well as in several television, radio and newspaper interviews in Finland and elsewhere; presented numerous public lectures and speeches in different academic, business, educational, health care and political organizations, etc. in Finland, US and Tanzania.

Other current academic activities and responsibilities:

1. Head of the philosophy unit and the planning panel in charge of the philosophy program for the establishment of a department of philosophy at the university of Dar es Salaam.

2. Coordinator for international development ethics program between University of Dar es Salaam, University of Helsinki and University of South Florida; responsible for the organization of the 1st international Development Ethics Conference in Dar es Salaam, February 2000; member of the organization panel for the development ethics follow-up conferences in Tampa 2001 and in Helsinki 2002

3. Development Cooperation Consultations with a Finnish bilateral project on Civic Education RIPS in Mtwara and Lindi for cooperation project with Philosophy Unit on 'Civic Knowledge and Public Ethics' programme

4. Consultations and lectures at the Tanzania Prevention of Corruption Bureau training programme in civic ethics education

ACADEMIC AWARDS

Oikeutta Ilman Kohtuutta (Justice without Moderation – critical study on the modern concept of justice) awarded in the competition for the best science book of 1995 by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Gaudeamus Publishing Ltd. October 1995.

Hyvinvointi ja distributiivinen oikeudenmukaisuus (Well-Being and Distributive Justice) received an award for an outstanding Master's thesis from the Faculty of social Sciences , University of Helsinki

Publicly funded academic research projects and research grants:

"Civic Ethics Education in the Prevention of Corruption", KYO/the Agency for International Development, Finnish Foreign Ministry 2002-2003, Project Manager

"Human Rights and Human Flourishment –Legal, Social and Ethical Diversity of Development". Research project on development ethics focusing particularly on human rights issues and population control policies, Academy of Finland, 2000-2003: Senior Research Fellow; a member of the research team

"New technology, liberty and responsibility: information technology, individual rights and social duties", Academy of Finland, 1997 – 2000: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

"Knowledge, Well-Being and Social Justice" Fulbright Scholarship 1998 at the Ethics Center, University of South Florida, USA.

"Biotechnology and Community", DAAD Deutsche Akademische Austausdienst Scholarship, Institut für Wissenschaft und Ethik, Bonn Universität, June-August 1997.

"Liberal Political Theory at the Cross-Roads: politics, rhetoric or metaphysics", Finnish Cultural Foundation, 1996-1997: Research Fellow

"Liberalism at the Crossroads", Sanoma Cooperation 100-Anniversary Foundation, 1995: Junior Research Fellow

"Freedom, Community and Welfare", Academy of Finland, 1993-1996: Junior Research Fellow

"Justice without moderation - criticism of modern conception of justice", Foundation of Leo ja Regina Wainstein, 1992: Junior Research Fellow

Administrative positions and membership in Academic Organizations:

Board Member of the Finnish Society for Philosophy of Law (SOFY) 1996-1998

Board Member of the Finnish Science Studies Association (STS) 1996-1998

Board Members of the Kriittinen Korkeakoulu (the Finnish Board for Critical Higher Education) 1996-1997

Also a member in Dar es Salaam Philosophical Club (DAPHIC), the Finnish Philosophical Society (SFY), North American Association of Social Philosophy (NASSP), International Society for Value Inquiry (ISVI), European Association for Science and Technology Studies (EASST), The American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy (ASPL), American Philosophical Association (APA), the Georgetown University Kennedy Institute and Hastings Center Bioethics Associations

Additional duties in international journals/publications

Journal of Value Inquiry: referee
Journal of Social Philosophy: referee
Journal of African and Asian studies: book reviewer
Journal of Medical Ethics: referee, book reviewer

Teaching Experience

Experience in teaching various courses in philosophy at the University of Dar es Salaam as well as at the University of Helsinki and University of Turku. In addition philosophy teaching at the College for Social Work and Health Care Professionals (Espoo, Finland). Courses include for instance: Argumentation and Analysis courses, Introductions to Philosophy, Courses on Social and Political Philosophy and Political theory as well as Applied Ethics and courses on Development Ethics and Human Rights.

Examining and supervising

Appointed as an external examiner for Doctoral Degrees by the Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki (2000) and Department of Medicine, University of Helsinki (2001).

An external examiner for philosophy at the Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya 2002-2004

Supervising students on their Master's Thesis at the University of Helsinki and the University of Dar es Salaam

Other earlier non-academic working experience

Information Officer for the Finnish Employers' Association, Helsinki (1991-1992)

Conference Secretary for WIDER/United Nations University, Helsinki (1990)

Project Secretary for the Finnish Foreign Ministry, Department for the Development Cooperation (1988-1989);

Press-assistant at the American Embassy in Helsinki (1983-87);