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Dalia D'Amato, postdoc researcher

Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry


My main research interests include the role of the ecosystem services concept in informing the management of socio-ecological systems, in further developing sustainability concepts (e.g. circular-bioeconomy economy) and in engaging the private sector by means of corporate sustainability.

In regard to socio-ecological system, I am interested in the links between ecosystem services and human well-being, in the context of protected areas as well as intensive land use systems such as plantation forestry.

In the context of corporate sustainability, I am looking at the integration of ecosystem services indicators in corporate reporting, as well as the role of the ecosystem services concept in engaging companies with sustainability challenges. In addition to the forest sector as a central context of my research, I am involved in research on corporate sustainability issues in relation to other land use-intensive sectors (forestry, food, beverages, mining, energy). 

I am also developing a comparative analysis of the green, circular and bioeconomy concepts as sustainability avenues, their integration and harmonization in public policies, and their role in guiding corporate sustainability strategies. In this context, my future goal is to examine the role and impacts of emerging circular-bioeconomy strategies on natural capital, biodiversity and ecosystem services; the research will regard especially, but not exclusively the forest sector. 

My teaching activities in 2016 and 2017 have included MSc and PhD-level courses aimed at providing a comprehensive overview of the theory and applications of ecosystem services; and an intensive MSc/PhD-level course comparing green-circular-bioeconomy concepts and strategies.

Before completing my PhD studies in Forest Economics and Marketing at the University of Helsinki (2013-2016), I worked  respectively as a researcher and as a trainee at the Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE) in Finland and at the Institute of European Environmental Policy (IEEP) in Belgium (2012-2013). I have two MSc degrees achieved in the field of ecology from the University of Sussex (UK) and the University of Roma Tre (Italy).


  • 119 Other natural sciences
  • Ecosystem services
  • Biodiversity
  • Green Economy
  • 512 Business and Management
  • Corporate sustainability
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Consumption and Production
  • 4112 Forestry
  • Circular bioeconomy
  • Bioeconomy
  • Plantations
  • Global South

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2012 2019

Circular, Green, and Bio economy: how do companies in land-use intensive sectors align with sustainability concepts?

D'Amato, D., Korhonen, J. E. & Toppinen, A., Apr 2019, In : Ecological Economics. 158, p. 116-133

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

A systematic review of the socio-economic impacts of large-scale tree plantations, worldwide

Malkamäki, A., D'Amato, D., Hogarth, N. J., Kanninen, M., Pirard, R., Toppinen, A. & Zhou, W., 2018, In : Global Environmental Change. 53, p. 90-103 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Managerial Views of Corporate Impacts and Dependencies on Ecosystem Services: A Case of International and Domestic Forestry Companies in China

D'Amato, D., Wan, M., Li, N., Rekola, M. & Toppinen, A., Jul 2018, In : Journal of Business Ethics. 150, 4, p. 1011-1028 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


Not so biocentric - Environmental benefits and harm associated with the acceptance of forest management objectives by future environmental professionals

Matthies, B. D., Vainio, A. & D'Amato, D., Feb 2018, In : Ecosystem Services. 29, p. 128-136 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Towards sustainability? Forest-based circular bioeconomy business models in Finnish SMEs

D'Amato, D., Veijonaho, S. & Toppinen, A., 7 Dec 2018, In : Forest Policy and Economics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Projects 2013 2021


AGFOREE video poster competition

Dalia D'Amato (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 2013 2019

Cultures and Organizations (Journal)

Dalia D'amato (Reviewer)
Jan 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Ecosystem Services (Journal)

Dalia D'amato (Reviewer)
Sep 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Pushing through the boundaries - of science and self

Dalia D'amato (Speaker)
18 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Esitys SSFE 2018: “Being one of the boys”: perspectives from female forest industry leaders on gender diversity and the future of Nordic forest-based bioeconomy

Anne Toppinen (Speaker), Dalia D'amato (Speaker), Jaana Elina Korhonen (Speaker)
23 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Unitelma Sapienza

Dalia D'amato (Visiting researcher)
19 Oct 201824 Apr 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution