• 5 Citations
  • 1 h-Index

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Eija studies disaster governance, striving to understand the roles and power of various organizations and institutions in responding to, recovering from and preparing for disasters. Societal and global inequalities underlie disasters, influencing who is affected and how. Disaster governance, then, needs to address the ongoing societal processes beyond managing the shocks of disaster risk. Furthermore, the status quo governance in the Anthropocene needs to treat disasters not as exceptions, but the potential rule to be addressed justly.

In her doctoral dissertation Eija has studied how the responsibility and ability of ‘communities’ is framed within the ‘resilience’ discourse. The focus is particularly on non-governmental organizations whose influence within disaster governance is growing. Theoretical and conceptual frameworks such as The Right to City and social contract thinking have been used to approach the phenomenon critically.   

Eija’s research draws mostly from the fields of disaster studies and human geography, but is interdisciplinary in nature. Prior to starting her PhD, Eija had graduated as an engineer (M.Sc) from Aalto University and worked in supply network management. While her research questions reach beyond the instrumental efficiency and effectiveness of aid delivery, the understanding of complex networks of actors and ‘business logics’ permeating also the NGO sector have been valuable. Furthermore, Eija’s roots in Finland’s peripheral territories have influenced her thinking and she is particularly curious about dichotomies such as East-West, North-South, rural-urban and center-periphery.

In 2015 Eija studied the aftermath of the Valparaíso fire of 2014 and before that the reconstruction following the 2010/2011 Christchurch earthquakes. She has also been involved in research projects concerning Finnish disaster preparedness and an aid organization’s supply chain in Lebanon.


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Logistics
  • Supply chain management
  • 519 Social and economic geography

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Research Output

  • 5 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 11 Conference contribution
  • 4 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis

Urban Disaster Governance: Resilience and Rights in the Unequal City

Meriläinen, E. S., 2020, Helsinki: Hanken School of Economics. 178 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisCollection of Articles

Open Access

Exposing three dark sides of social innovation through critical perspectives on resilience

Fougère, M. & Meriläinen, E., 27.12.2019, In : Industry and Innovation.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Refocusing urban disaster governance on marginalised urban people through right to the city

    Meriläinen, E., Fougère, M. & Piotrowicz, W., 28.10.2019, In : Environmental Hazards.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • The dual discourse of urban resilience: robust city and self‐organised neighbourhoods

    Meriläinen, E. S., 24.06.2019, In : Disasters. 44, 1, p. 125-151 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    From Aid to Resilience: How to Bridge Disaster Resilience and Humanitarian Supply Chain Management Research

    Meriläinen, E. S., 2018, The Palgrave Handbook of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Kovács, G., Spens, K. & Moshtari, M. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 713-741

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review


    • 6 Visit to other institution
    • 5 Organisation of / participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
    • 2 Oral presentation

    University of Gothenburg

    Eija Susanna Meriläinen (Visit abroad)


    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisit to other institution

    The right to the city and the making of disaster resilient communities

    Eija Susanna Meriläinen (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Universidad Católica Argentina

    Eija Susanna Meriläinen (Visit abroad)


    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisit to other institution

    Universidad de Buenos Aires

    Eija Susanna Meriläinen (Visit abroad)


    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisit to other institution

    Rawlsian Social Contract in Disaster Governance

    Eija Susanna Meriläinen (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation