1983 …2023

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Curriculum vitae


PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1990
MSc, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, 1984


Socio-cognitive aspects of sustainability, uncertainty and adaptation to disruptions. Recent empirical work on strategic environmental crisis management in urban areas.


Professor of environmental policy, University of Helsinki, joint position with Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry *** Consulting Editor, Global Challenges (Wiley) *** Editorial Board Member, Ecological Economics (Elsevier), International Journal of Learning and Change (Inderscience) *** Expert Counsellor on the Environment, Supreme Administrative Court of Finland *** 


Sustainability Networks: Cognitive Tools for Expert Collaboration in Social-Ecological Systems (Routledge, London, 2008) *** Institutions in Environmental Management: Constructing Mental Models and Sustainability (Routledge, London, 1999) *** Promoting Interdisciplinary Research: The Case of the Academy of Finland (Academy of Finland, Helsinki, 2005) *** Reindeer Management in Northernmost Europe: Linking Practical and Scientific Knowledge in Social-Ecological Systems (Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, 2006) *** Over 90 peer-reviewed scientific articles or book chapters


Co-Author of Science Book of the Year 2020 (Vuoden tiedekirja), awarded by The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies. *** Nominee (1 of 7) for Kone Foundation’s 2015 Academic Writing Award (Vuoden Tiedekynä) for academic article demonstrating exemplary use of the Finnish language, 2015. *** Finnish Foundations’ Professor Pool sabbatical year research fellowship, 2014 *** Member of The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters, since 2012 *** Academy of Finland senior fellow and visiting scholar, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006 *** World Futures Studies Federation XIII World Conference Editorial Committee's Special Mention, 1993 *** Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at University of California, Berkeley, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 1990-1991 *** American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Environmental Science and Engineering fellow, Washington DC, 1990 *** Harold D. Lasswell award for the best article in Policy Sciences, 1990


Professor of environmental protection (esp. environmental strategies and technology assessment), Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, 1999-2008 *** Director and professor of the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland, 1996-1999 *** Associate professor of environmental management, Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands, 1993-1996 *** Member of the Council of the University of the Arctic, 1998-2001

External positions

Expert Counsellor on the Environment for the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland

1 Aug 2000 → …

Fields of Science

  • 519 Social and economic geography
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Governance
  • Sustainability science
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Futures Studies
  • Arctic studies
  • Environmental social science
  • Science Policy
  • Science Communication
  • Sustainability transition
  • 6162 Cognitive science
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Environmental Psychology
  • 1172 Environmental sciences
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Forest Governance
  • industrial ecology

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.