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  • PL 27 (Latokartanonkaari 5)



  • Viikinkaari 1, Biokeskus 3

    00790 Helsinki


1984 …2021

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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

John Sumelius is professor in Production Economics and Farm Management. His expertise includes Production Economics, Farm Management, Agricultural Policy, Rural Development, Agri-environmental issues, Econometrics, Food security and agricultural development in the developing world. The expertise covers quite a broad range of issues relating to both farm level and sector level agricultural development and rural development. More specific expertise covers the economic analysis of farms and rural industries, productivity, efficiency, rural livelihoods, food security, rural poverty, renewable resource policies, co-operatives and producer organizations.

He has supervised 11 doctoral theses. He has participated in five EU framework programs projects, has been evaluator of EU research programmes seven times, assessor of the University education of Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Swedish Higher Education Authority 2012-2013, consultant for FAO and AgriCord.  He has participated in five EU framework programs projects (coordinator of one LEAP-Agri project 2018-20219, has been evaluator of EU research programmes. Recent research projects he has been responsible for include  Agricultural externalities and implications for policy of the integration of environmental concerns into production: comparative analysis in Finland and China (Finnish Society for Sciences and Letters),  Co-operatives as a Tool for Poverty Reduction and Promoting Business in Tanzania (Finnish Foreign Ministry).  SARD-CLIMATE Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development with focus on food security within a climate change setting (Finnish Foreign Ministry. He is a fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry since 2009 and of the Finnish Association of Science and Letters since 2003.

Fields of Science

  • 512 Business and Management
  • 4111 Agronomy
  • 5203 Development Studies

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


Child poverty, status of rural women and education in sub Saharan Africa

Ingutia, R. A., Rezitis, A. & Sumelius, J., Apr 2020, In : Children and Youth Services Review. 111, 8 p., 104869.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


Näkökulmia vastuulliseen sijoittamiseen maatalous- ja elintarvikesektorilla

Translated title of the contribution: Aspects of responisble investment in the agricultural and food sectorsWanhalinna, V. S., Sievänen, R. J. M., Chen, Q., Nikkinen, J. T. & Sumelius, J. H., 2019, In : Yritysetiikka. 11, 1, p. 10-33 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Determinants of on-farm diversification in Bangladesh.

Rehan, S. F., Sumelius, J. H. & Bäckman, S. T., 2017, In : International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology. 13, 3, p. 294-313 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Liiketaloustiede tuottaa työkaluja maatilayritysten johtamiseen

Sipiläinen, T. A. I., Sumelius, J. H., Ryhänen, M. J. & Rantamäki-Lahtinen, L. M., 2017, Maailma muuttuu - muuttuuko maatalous? . Seppänen, M. & Kymäläinen, H-R. (eds.). 2 ed. Unigrafia, 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific




Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management (Journal)

John Sumelius (Reviewer)
1 Feb 20205 Feb 2020

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

Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE) (External organisation)

John Sumelius (Expert)
22 Jul 20198 Aug 2019

Activity: Membership typesAssessment of candidates for academic posts

Department of Economics and Management (Organisational unit)

John Sumelius (Board member)
8 Nov 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in review committee

Institut de recherche pour le développement

John Sumelius (Visiting researcher)
20 Nov 201922 Nov 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Nurah Al-lozi

John Sumelius (Host)
25 Nov 201929 Nov 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Press / Media

Vad beror hunger på? World Food Day. Radio aktuellt nyheter

John Sumelius


1 Media contribution

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Sveriges Radio Sisuradio

John Sumelius


1 Media contribution

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