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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.

Utbildning / akademisk kvalifikation

Masters degree in Social and Public Policy , Helsingfors universitet


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



  • 5200 Övriga samhällsvetenskaper
  • 5142 Social- och samhällspolitik

Internationellt och inhemskt samarbete Publikationer och projekt inom de senaste fem åren.


  • 9 Artikel
  • 3 Beställd rapport
  • 1 Översiktsartikel

Making a research collective – STS Helsinki

Karhunmaa, K., Cañada, J. A. & Taipale, J., apr 2020, I : EASST Review. 39, 1

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A critical review of discursive approaches in energy transitions

Isoaho, K. L. H. & Karhunmaa, K. M. A., maj 2019, I : Energy Policy. 128, s. 930-942 13 s., 128.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragÖversiktsartikelVetenskapligPeer review

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Attaining carbon neutrality in Finnish parliamentary and city council debates

Karhunmaa, K. M. A., maj 2019, I : Futures : the journal of forecasting and planning. 109, s. 170-180 11 s.

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Saksan energiapolitiikka puhuttaa

Karhunmaa, K., 31 jan 2019, I : Versus.

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Gina McCarthy: demokratian ja tieteen puolestapuhuja

Karhunmaa, K., 9 nov 2018, I : Versus.

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ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Research Fellows Program

Kamilla Karhunmaa (!!Recipient), 17 maj 2017

Pris: Pris och hedersbetygelser


Environmental Communication (Tidskrift)

Kamilla Karhunmaa (Referentgranskare)
2020 → …

Aktivitet: Typer för peer review av output och redaktionsarbeteReferentgranskning av manuskript

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

Kamilla Karhunmaa (Styrelsemedlem)
2020 → …

Aktivitet: MedlemskapstyperMedlemskap eller annan role i inhemsk/internationell kommitté, råd, styrelse

Energy Research & Social Science (Tidskrift)

Kamilla Karhunmaa (Referentgranskare)
jan 2019 → …

Aktivitet: Typer för peer review av output och redaktionsarbeteReferentgranskning av manuskript

Science and Democracy Network (Extern organisation)

Kamilla Karhunmaa (Medlem)
26 jun 2019

Aktivitet: MedlemskapstyperMedlemskap eller annan roll i forskningsnätverk

STS Symposium Ideals and practices of interdisciplinary research

Kamilla Karhunmaa (Närvarande)
14 jun 201815 jun 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium