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Research interests

I am an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist with research interests in sense of place; the social valuation of ecosystem services; and the conservation of biodiversity. I lead the Human-Nature Transformations Research Group. In 2019 and 2020, I was recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher.


Curriculum vitae


I am a Professor of Sustainability Science (Sustainability Transformations and Ecosystem Services) at the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS). I am jointly based at the Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme in the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, and the Department of Economics and Management in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. I am a Guest Professor at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Coordinating Lead Author of the IPBES Values Assessment (Chapter 2, Concepts) and leader of the Human-Nature Transformations Research Group.

I coordinate the ENVISION and VIVA-PLAN projects, and am a sub-project leader on the SMARTer Greener Cities and CO-CARBON projects.  ENVISION aims to develop an inclusive approach to conservation involving identifying, assessing and balancing the consequences of diverse stakeholder visions for protected area management in Europe and the United States.  VIVA-PLAN aims to develop a sustainable spatial planning framework for promoting biodiversity conservation, social inclusion and well-being in vulnerable residential housing areas in Sweden and Denmark. SMARTer Greener Cities aims to make smart cities smarter and more liveable through nature-based solutions. We focus on Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen. CO-CARBON aims to develop a new concept of carbon-smart urban green infrastructure, and through co-creative processes, create science-based solutions to support its implementation across society in Helsinki, Tampere and Hämeenlinna.



  • Professor of Sustainability Science, University of Helsinki (Tenured)
  • Guest Professor of Sustainability Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (2019-2021)
  • Coordinating Lead Author (Chapter 2), Methodological Assessment Regarding the Diverse Conceptualization of Multiple Values of Nature and Its Benefits, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) (2018-2023)
  • Editor, Sustainability Science


  • Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (2016-2018)
  • Director of Enviroconnect Pty Ltd (2009-2016)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen (2014-2015)
  • Research Fellow, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Tasmania (2012-2013)
  • Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Social Research, University of Adelaide (2011-2012)
  • PhD Candidate, University of South Australia (2009-2011)
  • Policy Officer, Natural Resource Management Social Applications, Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation, South Australian Government (2005-2008)


  • Ph.D. (Philosophy), Centre for Regional Engagement, University of South Australia (2012)
  • B.App.Sc (with Honours) in Environmental Management, School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia (2005)
  • B.App.Sc in in Environmental Management, School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia (2004)


  • 2019: Web of Science Group Highly Cited Researcher
  • 2012: South Australian Research Excellence Award in the Life and Environmental Sciences stream in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement
  • 2009:Jean Pearce Environmental Scholarship to undertake PhD research in the environmental and social sciences at the University of South Australia. 
  • 2009: South Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year in recognition of my environmental consultancy achievements.  
  • Between 2000 and 2005: I helped establish a wetland system for treating effluent water in the Adelaide Hills which in 2011 won a United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Award for best practice community involvement in natural resource management.

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD, University of South Australia

1 Jan 200920 Sep 2011

Award Date: 20 Mar 2012

BAppSc (Honours), University of South Australia

1 Mar 20021 Nov 2005

Award Date: 20 Dec 2005

External positions

Guest Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Landcape Architecture, Planning and Management

1 Jan 201931 Dec 2021

Fields of Science

  • 519 Social and economic geography
  • sense of place
  • social values
  • pro-environmental behaviour
  • 1172 Environmental sciences
  • nature-based solutions
  • ecosystem services
  • sustainability transformations

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.