Susanna was a policy and communications intern for Policy Scotland in spring and summer 2020.
Her areas of work included:
- Assisting in knowledge exchange on policy responses to COVID-19
- Developing a stakeholder database for Policy Scotland
- Assisting in the university’s preparation for COP26
- Supporting Policy Scotland in communication needs
- Writing about the research activities of Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland
Susanna holds a BA in Journalism from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Finland. She has worked in communications roles and as a journalist for the Finnish Committee for UNICEF and other NGOs in the field of human rights and global development, specialising in gender, children’s rights and climate justice.
In her current studies in the MSc International Relations programme at the University of Glasgow she is focusing on social justice and human rights in the international system and in differing local contexts. She is interested in the advancement of human rights and social equality in conflict and peacebuilding settings but also the agency of local voices in these settings and the tensions between the international mechanisms and the local.
She is also interested in the importance of local voices, social justice and a human rights-based approach to policymaking in high income countries. She has previously worked in Finland on rights-based approach and the promotion of the voice of children and young people in policy decisions regarding them. As part of her internship at Policy Scotland she has continued supporting similar work in the Scottish context through the Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland project.