Research Assistant

I'm working on projects researching how to reduce phosphorus load from agricultural land and new methods for water protection. My research focuses on the role of farmers as co-creators in a gypsum pilot and drivers that effected their contribution to the innovation process as well as acceptance towards the new agricultural water protection measure. I'm also studying climate impacts of production and use of structure lime.

Venla Ala-Harja's profile in the University of Helsinki research portal

Doctoral Student

My research concentrates on the economics of carbon storage in forests. I use dynamic optimization to analyze how forests can be managed to maximize the combined net-benefits of timber production and carbon storage. I am especially interested in uneven-aged and mixed-species forests.

Aino Assmuth's profile in the University of Helsinki research portal

Research Assistant

My research subject is blue economy, and more precisely the measurement of the sector's economic contribution in the Finnish national economy. Additionally, I aim to analyze the growth potential of the blue economy industries in Finland, by using a general equilibrium model.

Essi Heikkinen's profile in the University of Helsinki research portal

Doctoral Student

I am a natural resource economist, and my main research interest is the optimal management of marine resources. In specific, I model and analyze the fisheries conflicts arising from multiple goals of the society. My main tool is bioeconomic modeling coupled with dynamic optimization, which enables both economic as well as biological features of the fisheries systems. This means that the sustainable livelihood of fishermen and welfare of the whole society is considered together with the sustainable management of the marine resources. I am also involved in health economics, and consider the cost-effectiveness of food monitoring in Finland.

Maija Holma's profile in the University of Helsinki research portal

Professor of Economics of the Protection of the Baltic Sea

My ambition is to understand better the interaction between the society and the rest of the nature. I study economics and policies associated with combatting eutrophication, management of species invasions and mitigation of other environmental problems. Integrated assessment models, long-term scenarios and dynamic economic optimization are my tools. Currently I study the drivers of the long-term supply and demand of aquatic ecosystem services under climate change and alternative global socio-economic futures.

Kari Hyytiäinen's profile in the University of Helsinki research portal

Doctoral Student

My research focuses on the development of renewable energy technology. I utilise scenario modelling to explore possible futures of renewable industry development and use these models to identify policies that could boost the development and innovation of renewable technology. My goal is to provide practical policy recommendations that are applicable and relevant to developing clean energy sources and improve energy security.

Postdoctoral Researcher

As a postdoctoral researcher and a HELSUS fellow, I am working on a project that explores the profitability and the sustainability of harvesting three-spined sticklebacks in the Baltic Sea with regards to the increasing eutrophication and the decrease of predatory commercial species. In my research, I have used individual-based modelling, whereas currently I aim to develop a population and bio-economic model. My general research interests encompass marine ecology, prey–predator population dynamics, fisheries-induced evolution and ecosystem-based fisheries management.

Dunja Jusufovski's profile in the University of Helsinki research portal

Doctoral Student

My research subject is ecological compensations, a new mechanism for halting biodiversity loss in Finland. I study the markets for compensations, the metrics for measuring biodiversity losses and gains and the incentives to combine the production of biodiversity and carbon offsets.

Johanna Kangas' profile in the University of Helsinki research portal

Research Assistant

My research on environmental and natural resource economics focuses on efficient climate policy. I work as a research assistant in the Economic-Ecological Optimization Group. Recently I have been analyzing the role of forest resources in the European Union’s climate and energy policy.   

University Lecturer

My research focuses on economic valuation of environmental benefits (incl. marine, inland water and terrestrial environments), choice modelling as well as motivations and incentives. Current project studies non-industrial private forestland owners in the context of biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation. I'm adjunct professor in environmental and resource economics (since 2017).

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Doctoral Student

My research is about developing multispecies bio-economic models that consider food web interactions and climate change in marine ecosystems and the further economic application of the models. The method is mainly numerical optimization. I also research on ecosystem services valuation and accounting.

Tin-Yu Lai's profile in the University of Helsinki research portal

University Lecturer in Environmental and Resource Economics

I am particularly interested in the economics of environmental policy instruments and exhaustible resource use. My work can be characterized as applied theory and I often use dynamic optimization methods when I model for example mining.

Pauli Lappi's profile in the University of Helsinki research portal

Analyst at the Finnish Climate Change Panel

As a member of the Secretariat of the Finnish Climate Change Panel, I conduct analysis on international and EU level climate politics. I am particularly interested in the future of the climate governance at global, regional and local levels. In addition to research, I support the panel and its chairs in their daily work.

University Lecturer in Environmental and Resource Economics

I am a natural resource economist who works with international fisheries agreements and management of aquatic ecosystems. In my research I use bioeconomic modelling and game theory. My main expertise is on coalition formation, i.e. which countries can negotiate stable cooperative international fisheries agreements.

Marko Lindroos' profile in the University of Helsinki research portal

University Lecturer in Economics

My research focuses on sustainable food consumption and uses the theoretical framework of behavioral economics and the tools of experimental economics and cost-benefit analysis. I have also researched environmental quality competition.  As a member of the University of Helsinki Teachers’ academy, I also study the pedagogy of economics education.  

Chiara Lombardini's profile in the University of Helsinki research portal

Postdoctoral Researcher

My research in environmental and natural resource economics focuses on different ways to reduce nutrient runoff and greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture in a cost-efficient way. I also study policy coherence between climate and water policies in agriculture. The methods include mainly numerical optimization and theoretical analysis. In addition to research, I work as Science Secretary for the Finnish Climate Change Panel.

Sanna Lötjönen's profile in the University of Helsinki research portal

Postdoctoral Researcher

My research interests focuses on forest economics, especially water protection in forestry. I study how forest management affects water quality and other ecosystem services in both mineral soils and peatlands. Currently, I also analyze new bioeconomy policy instruments promoting sustainable forest-based bioeconomy.

Jenni Miettinen's profile in the University of Helsinki research portal

Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Resource Economics, Research Director

I have an extensive scientific experience in designing economic instruments and systems to improve the state of the environment. I have collaborated with engineers, ecologists, marine biologists and crop scientists in Finland and abroad. I have studied a wide range of market mechanisms such as emissions trading, water quality offsets, ecological compensations, tendering systems for agriculture and forestry. I am a specialist in issues of agricultural and forest nonpoint source water pollution. I am the Chair of the scientific Finnish Climate Change Panel since 2014, and a member since 2012.

Markku Ollikainen's profile in the University of Helsinki research portal  

Doctoral Student

My research on natural resource economics concentrates on economic-ecological optimization of forest resources. My main interest is on the economics of optimal choice between rotation and continuous cover forestry, more specifically on how the economically optimal management regime is solved. In my research, I use numerical methods for dynamic optimization together with an empirically estimated size-structured description on the stand level forest dynamics.

Vesa-Pekka Parkatti's profile in the University of Helsinki research portal

Postdoctoral Researcher

My main research area is ecology and economics of reindeer herding systems. I focus on developing and analyzing dynamic age- and sex-structured models that aim to take into account all the relevant economic and biological interactions of these systems (e.g. food resources, predators, and government subsidies).

Antti-Juhani Pekkarinen's profile in the University of Helsinki research portal

Postdoctoral Researcher

Themes in my research are the following: economics of forest resources, economics of Baltic Sea protection, and agricultural economics. I study the economics of forest resources by applying economic-ecological optimization, simultaneously taking into account the interaction between forests and climate. Regarding Baltic Sea, I study the economics of nutrient reduction and eutrophication abatement. Regarding agriculture, I apply economic optimization to study farm management taking into account emissions to atmosphere and to water bodies.

Sampo Pihlainen's profile in the University of Helsinki research portal

Doctoral Student

In my research I use bio–economic models to study the environmental policy instruments and exhaustible resource use in agriculture. I am particularly interested in the methods of dynamic optimization and data analysis. Recently my research has applied theoretical analysis, but I would like to focus also more on econometric/statistical analysis in the future.

Matti Sihvonen's profile in the University of Helsinki research portal

Professor of Forest Economics and Policy

The research in my group integrates economics, ecology and mathematical methods to understand the management of biological natural resources like forests, fish populations and reindeer. Our approach creates a dialogue between existing scientific traditions and new discoveries found by transferring knowledge between different fields. In proceeding toward new directions we are guided by cross-disciplinarity and the requirements of sound theoretical basis, mathematics, detailed empirical realism and computational methods. This enables harsh progressive and critical reflection of existing science, policy and practice.

Olli Tahvonen's profile in the University of Helsinki research portal

Research Assistant

My research focuses upon socio-cultural valuation of the environment. My primary tool is public participatory geographic information systems, through which I can gather spatial data on human-nature relationships for use in integrated landscape management decision making. I am involved in the SMARTer Greener Cities project, which employs social-ecological-technological couplings to advance urban resilience and well-being.

Research Assistant

I am a student of environmental and natural resource economics. I work as a research assistant in the Economic-Ecological Optimization Group. My research focuses on the optimal integration of forests’ carbon sequestration into environmental policy. Currently, I am doing a study on creating a market for forests’ carbon sinks and the utilization of forest carbon offsets in emission trading schemes in California and New Zealand.