Helen Avery

Helen Avery

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Helen Avery has for the past years worked with a Formas-funded research project on the implications of infrastructure choices for sustainable development in post-conflict contexts. Other projects  concern resilience and adaptation strategies for rural communities, as well as sustainability and livelihoods in refugee camps and resource-constrained neighbourhoods.

Research interests include creativity and transdisciplinarity, organisational development and capacity-building in higher education, internationalisation, as well as participatory and future-oriented methodologies in a variety of settings.

Helen has a background in economics and education, and has earlier worked for international organisations in Geneva, including the International Red Cross and the Refugees and Rehabilitation Office of the World Alliance of the YMCA/YWCA. 

Member of the Systemic Design Association (RSD); University of the Future network; network for doctoral education FONSYD; network for training of doctoral supervisors NFU; International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research ICPHR network;  FEMISE.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

UKÄ subject classification

  • Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Economics

Free keywords

  • Future oriented methodology
  • Participatory methodology
  • Refugee studies
  • Sustainable infrastructure
  • Sustainable reconstruction and recovery
  • Post-conflict recovery
  • Resilience
  • Higher education policy
  • Systemic design
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Transdisciplinarity
  • Creativity
  • land use change
  • Micrometeorology


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