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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I am a doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, interested in environmental questions and societal knowledge-making practices. My research draws on science and technology studies and environmental policy. I am currently working on my doctoral dissertation on energy policy debates in Finland at the University of Helsinki.

My doctoral dissertation examines the relationships between change and stability in energy policy and the ways in which energy transitions are debated and negotiated in Finland. My research spans energy policy debates in parliament, local government, civil society, media and academia in Finland. I began my dissertation in 2015 as part of the Academy of Finland funded DEFEND project (Decentralizing Finland’s energy regime: the triggers and dynamics of transition, 2014-2018). To complete my dissertation, I received a one-year grant from DENVI (Doctoral Programme in Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences) in 2019.

I was a visiting Fulbright Fellow at the Science, Technology and Society Fellows Program at Harvard University during the academic year 2017-2018. I enjoy taking part in academic debates beyond academia and developing collaboration with other researchers. I am a board member of the Society for Environmental Social Science (YHYS ry.) and editorial member at Versus – an online platform for popularizing research. I am part of the STS Helsinki research collective and have contributed to developing the STS Helsinki Seminar series.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Master’s degree in Social and Public Policy from the University of Helsinki. Prior to beginning my PhD, I worked as a researcher at Finland Futures Research Centre at the University of Turku, examining the intersections of climate change policy and development policy in the Mekong region and East Africa.

Education/Academic qualification

Masters degree in Social and Public Policy , University of Helsinki

20132015

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy , London School of Economics and Political Science

20082011

Fields of Science

  • 5200 Other social sciences
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Environmental Policy
  • Sustainability Transitions
  • 5142 Social policy

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

Publications

  • 9 Article
  • 3 Commissioned report
  • 1 Review Article

Making a research collective – STS Helsinki

Karhunmaa, K., Cañada, J. A. & Taipale, J., Apr 2020, In : EASST Review. 39, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

A critical review of discursive approaches in energy transitions

Isoaho, K. L. H. & Karhunmaa, K. M. A., May 2019, In : Energy Policy. 128, p. 930-942 13 p., 128.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
File

Attaining carbon neutrality in Finnish parliamentary and city council debates

Karhunmaa, K. M. A., May 2019, In : Futures : the journal of forecasting and planning. 109, p. 170-180 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
File

Saksan energiapolitiikka puhuttaa

Karhunmaa, K., 31 Jan 2019, In : Versus.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Open Access

Gina McCarthy: demokratian ja tieteen puolestapuhuja

Karhunmaa, K., 9 Nov 2018, In : Versus.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Open Access

Prizes

ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Research Fellows Program

Kamilla Karhunmaa (Recipient), 17 May 2017

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities

Environmental Communication (Journal)

Kamilla Karhunmaa (Reviewer)
2020 → …

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

Finland Futures Research Centre and Finland Futures Academy (External organisation)

Kamilla Karhunmaa (Board member)
2020 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Energy Research & Social Science (Journal)

Kamilla Karhunmaa (Reviewer)
Jan 2019 → …

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

Science and Democracy Network (External organisation)

Kamilla Karhunmaa (Member)
26 Jun 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in research network

STS Symposium Ideals and practices of interdisciplinary research

Kamilla Karhunmaa (Attendee)
14 Jun 201815 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars