Juego Bonn, Tutkijatohtori / Postdoctoral Researcher

Juego Bonn, Tutkijatohtori / Postdoctoral Researcher
Development and International Cooperation
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Academic Profile


Dr Bonn Juego is Postdoctoral Researcher and University Teacher specializing in the intersection between political economy, development studies, and international relations at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, where he is also part of the core teaching staff of its Masters Programme in Development, Education and International Cooperation. Through competitive grants, he has held Guest Researcher and Visiting Fellow appointments at the Department of Political Science, Aalborg University; the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen; and the Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong. He has also been invited and appointed to part-time teaching and external lectureship at Tallinn University of Technology (technology governance), Aalborg University (culture and global studies), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (international environment and development studies), and, in spring 2019, University of Helsinki (global political economy). Among his other scholarly activities, he currently serves as Board Member of the Finnish Society for Development Research and in the International Editorial Board of the Globalizations journal.


With an interdisciplinary background in the political and socio-economic sciences, Bonn's geographical area focus is on the Global South, particularly East and Southeast Asia, as well as in contemporary North-South relations. His current research endeavor investigates the political economy of recent foreign policy shift from the old state-to-state aid relations to the new economic diplomacy focused on private sector development. Bonn believes that understanding this emergent phenomenon on the private turn in Nordic countries' development cooperation with different types of regime in Asia is important in terms of: [i] current understandings of North-South development relations; [ii] feasible development strategies for both developed and developing countries; and [iii] the implications for developmental prospects and democratization processes of what used to be known as aid recipient 'Third World' countries.

Over the years, Bonn has been involved in the publication, research and advocacy on issues and topics such as history of economic thought, development strategies, innovation policy, public administration, local governance, human rights and democratization, social movements and civil society, labour market regulation and social welfare, globalization and trade unions, transformative social protection, social entrepreneurship, social commons, peace and security, ecology and climate change, migration and refugees, crimes and torture, Asia-Europe relations, and Southeast Asian political economy.

Bonn has an active interest in development economics, geopolitics, political philosophy, and science, technology and innovation policy. He is an alumnus of the Cambridge Advanced Programme on Rethinking Development Economics, Critical Development Studies Network, South-South Institute, Globelics Academy, and the German Council on Foreign Relations

A reviewer for  a number of reputable academic journals and other publishers such as the Journal of Contemporary Asia, Globalizations, International Migration, and the Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies, he is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Interdisciplinary Journal of International Studies, and presently an Editorial Committee Member of Asia in Focus.


In terms of teaching, Bonn has taught in different capacities as lecturer, master's thesis supervisor, group project supervisor, thesis opponent, examination censor, and teaching assistant at both the master's and bachelor's levels, as well as junior PhD-level mentoring, in the various subfields, issue areas, and geographical focus of the social sciences and humanities at:

  • Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), 
  • Aalborg University (Denmark),
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norway),
  • University of Jyväskylä (Finland), and
  • University of Helsinki (Finland).

He is a recipient of an Erasmus+ international staff mobility grant, and has completed several courses such as university pedagogy, innovation studies, modern China's foreign policy, critical discourse analysis, and advanced research methods.

Outreach and Other Professional Activities

Bonn's outreach activities include giving public lectures and presentations in government, academic, and civil society settings; providing expert opinions and development consulting; publishing Op-Eds and commentaries; and having been interviewed, cited and contacted by the international media such as Information, Weekendavisen, and Ekstra Bladet in Denmark; Asia Times in Hong Kong/China; RFI - Radio France Internationale in France; Die Zeit in Germany; Kansan Uutiset and Lännen Media in Finland; Amnesty Press in Sweden; and Rappler in the Philippines. In Denmark, he has also granted a few radio interviews for Orientering (DR P1) and a TV studio interview for DR2 Udland.  

Prior to joining the academia, Bonn had stints working at the government, civil society organizations, a grant-providing foundation, local community governance, and a business school.   


The Relevance and Benefits of my Research

My research will have significant implications for political economy analysis and policy advice on Nordic-Asia development cooperation. It aims to provide a new understanding of Nordic governments’ recent foreign policy shift from state-to-state to private sector-oriented partnership with different East and Southeast Asian emerging economies.


Research Projects as Principal Investigator 

(Submitted grant application under review. Prospective collaborators welcome.)


Teaching Responsibilities, 2014-2019
  • PVK-M204: Global Political Economy (University of Helsinki)
  • DEVS3016: Managing Development Projects
  • DEVS700: International Internship
  • DEVS3014: Contemporary Debates About Development
  • DEVS3015: Current Trends in Development Policy
  • YFIP1001: The State of the World - Introduction to Analyzing Social Phenomena
  • DEVS308: Development Policy and Management
  • DEVS222: Globalization - Perspectives from Development, Culture, and Civil Society
  • DEVS208: Classics of Development
  • Supervision of master's theses
  • Member of a PhD candidate's supervisory board


International Training and Advanced Programs (Alumnus)
  • Cambridge Advanced Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (CAPORDE), Cambridge University, United Kingdom — Ford Foundation Grant.
  • Learn Economics from Nobel Laureates: Emerging and Developing Economies After the Crisis — Scholarship from the Institute for Studies on Economics and Employment (ISEO), Iseo, Brescia, Italy.
  • Technology Governance Program, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia — Scholarship from The Other Canon Foundation (Norway).
  • South-South Institute on "Inequality, Democracy and Development under Neoliberalism and Beyond", Bangkok, Thailand, awarded by the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), and the International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs) — Grant from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
  • Critical Development Studies (St. Mary’s University, Canada and Universidad Autonóma de Zacatecas), Zacatecas, Mexico — Financial support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.
  • German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) - International Forum on Strategic Thinking, Summer School (Berlin) and New Faces Conference (Madrid) — Funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung, EUROMED, NATO, Armasuisse, EADS, Rolls-Royce, CITpax, FRIDE, and DARA.
  • Globelics Academy Ph.D. School on Innovation and Economic Development, Lisbon, Portugal — Financial support from the Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems.


Invited Lectures and Public Presentations (Recent)


Press Clippings and Media Interviews (Recent) 
Publications and Papers (Selected)