Research

ECGS is built on a strong connection between different campuses within University of Helsinki. Since sustainable development is a strategic objective of the University of Helsinki, the university continues to strengthen its cooperation with other universities, the Finnish Environment Institute, the National Resource Institute Finland and a variety of collaborating organisations.

In Aquatic Biogeochemistry Research Unit (ABRU), we study how the essential elements of life are cycled in water and sediment. In particular, we focus on carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and silicon cycling. These are the key nutrients whose availability determine the distribution of life in Earth’s aquatic environments. ABRU forms part of the Ecosystems and Environment Research Program. The unit contains three senior scientists (Assistant Professor Tom Jilbert, and Academy of Finland Research Fellows Susanna Hietanen and Karoliina Koho), along with several postdocs, PhD students and MSc students.

Environmental Change Researc Unit (ECRU), led by Atte Korhola, works with empirical, geospatial, computational and modelling tools, to detect global environmental changes and to analyse their ecological and societal impacts. ECRU is at the forefront of global change research, dealing with critical environmental issues our planet faces today.

The Environmental Policy Research Group (EPRG), led by Janne I. Hukkinen, has competence in environmental governance, knowledge integration and participation in environmental and technology issues, sustainability indicators and scenarios, and industrial ecology. The EPRG research group consists of 2-4 post-doctoral researchers and 4-6 doctoral researchers.  

Environmental and resource economics studies the interaction of society and environment, environmental issues and problems, and nature conservation by applying economic theory and methods. The goal is to find ways to fix market failures so that natural resources are utilized sustainably, while preventing the degradation of nature. 

The FEM Group is specialized in risk and decision analysis focusing on the Baltic Sea, the applications covering, for example, oil spill risks, eutrophication, marine spatial planning, and fisheries management.  The group develops cross-disciplinary tools in cooperation with other research groups and involve different stakeholders to our work.

Our group, Forest Bioeconomy, Business and Sustainability, based at Department of Forest Sciences, builds on trans-disciplinary research collaboration on sustainable business management, specifically but not exclusively in the context of the forest sector. We understand sustainability as a multi-faceted concept including economic, social and ecological dimensions. In our research we adopt a system thinking, based on the idea that each local business is embedded in a global socio-ecological system.

As the International Forest Policy research group, we strive for a world in which forests are high on national and international agendas, and forest stewards’ rights are acknowledged in the recently established Chair of International Forest Policy. We believe that research can make a difference through the provision of sound evidence of what is and what can be without prescribing what should be.  Our aim is to provide critical analysis to better understand politics and power in highly contested domestic and international policy arenas, often beyond the forestry sector as such.

SOILMAN aims at making use of Ethiopia's rich species diversity to improve food security, help restore degraded environments and mitigate climate change with the help of biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) in the symbiosis between rhizobium bacteria and legumes. 

We, in the Terrestrial Interactions Research Group are interested in how plant and decomposer communities interact in terrestrial ecosystems, how herbivore communities can manipulate this interaction and how these interactions together control the functioning and climatic responses of terrestrial ecosystems. 

The Urban Ecology Research Group of the University of Helsinki is one of the few groups in Finland focusing on research and teaching in the urban setting. 

Urban Environmental Policy research group (UEP) brings together researchers who study climate change adaptation and mitigation in urban context. We work in University of Helsinki and Aalto University.