Head of the research group

In his research he focuses on sustainable food systems, food business and management. His research topics vary from studying industry diversity, competition and firm relatedeness to studying wine supply chain contracting as well as business perfomance and social capital. 

Affiliations: 

 

Internal affiliate, researcher

Hannele works as a doctoral student in Helsinki University Ruralia Institute in Seinäjoki.  Her research interests are in management of business relationships in food supply chains. Her current researches investigate trust and communication in business relationships, entrepreneurial orientation of farmers and short food supply chains in the rural areas. She aims to contribute toward a better understanding of managerial, economic and behavioural factors of actors in the food chains.

Internal affiliate, researcher

Laura Salmivaara currently works at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Helsinki. Laura does research in Social Psychology, Health Economics and Consumer Economics. Their most recent publication is 'Tietojärjestelmän versionvaihdon suunnittelun esiselvitys yrityksessä X.'

Internal affiliate, researcher

My research interests are related to sustainability transition in the food system. My disciplinary home can be found in the field of Ecological Economics. I have used a number of foresight methods (such as Delphi, scenarios and environmental scanning), to analyse past and future changes in the food system. I have published my research in journals such as Ecological Economics, Technological Forecasting and Societal Change as well as Journal of Cleaner Production. I have also published book chapters with Oxford University Press and Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

I am currently involved and WP leader in a Academy of Finland funded project

I also act as expert in a project “Sustainable School Meals - Unlocking the potential of the public plate towards a large-scale transition to plant-based meals in schools” funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology

Affiliations:

Internal affiliate, researcher

Internal affiliate, researcher

Dr. Heikkurinen’s research project is a phenomenology of sustainable organization and management. His main research interest is on questions concerning ethics and technique in relation to ecology and economy. Empirically, Dr. Heikkurinen is involved with food and agriculture, in particular the activity of ploughing.

Affiliations:

  • University Lecturer at the University of Helsinki, Department of Economics and Management
  • Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, Sustainability Research Institute
  • Docent in Sustainability and Organizations at the Aalto University School of Business, Department of Management Studies
  • Member of the Northern Research Network for Sustainable Change

Selected publications:

  • Bonnedahl, K. J., Heikkurinen, P. (eds.) (2019). Strongly Sustainable Societies: Organising Human Activities on a Hot and Full Earth. Routledge: London and New York.
  • Heikkurinen, P. (2018). Degrowth by means of technology? A treatise for an ethos of releasement. Journal of Cleaner Production, 197 (2), 1654-1665.
  • Heikkurinen, P., & Mäkinen, J. (2018). Synthesising corporate responsibility on organisational and societal levels of analysis: An integrative perspective. Journal of Business Ethics, 149(3), 589-607.
  • Heikkurinen, P. (ed.) (2017). Sustainability and Peaceful Coexistence for the Anthropocene. Routledge: Oxon and New York.

 

Internal affiliate, researcher

Dr. Ghinoi's research interests lie in the areas of organizational networks, innovation, and policy evaluation. Moreover, he has a strong interest in agri-food sustainability and management. His current researches investigate: a) how intra- and inter-organizational networks support innovative processes and impact economic performance, b) the role of individual and organizational absorptive capacity, c) the influence of knowledge networks on food waste management systems, and d) the relationship between social capital and absorptive capacity.

    Affiliations: 

    • Università "Carlo Cattaneo" - LIUC, Italy
    • Università degli Studi di MODENA e REGGIO EMILIA, Italy

    Selected publications:

    • Ghinoi, S., Wesz Jr., V. J., Piras, S. (2018). Political debates and agricultural support policies. Discourse coalitions behind the creation of Brazil’s Pronaf. Land Use Policy 76, 68-80.

    Internal affiliate, researcher

    Dr. Tuija Virtanen’s research interests cover wide areas of sustainability, especially sustainability measurement and management, sustainability reporting and responsible investments. Furthermore, she has interest in strategic accounting and education research areas. Her current research topics include: a) supply chains and integrated steps towards the Sustainable Development Goals reporting b) accountability and measurability in the practical context of sustainability and c) the drivers and impediments of responsible investments in the food industry.

    Affiliations:

    • Member of the Board in the Mortgage Society of Finland

    Selected publications:

    • Virtanen, T., Tuomaala, M. & Pentti, E., (2013). Energy efficiency complexities: a technical and managerial investigation. Management Accounting Research, 24(4), p. 401-416.
    • Ojala, H., Penttinen, E., Collis, J. & Virtanen, T., (2018). Design principles for Standard Business Reporting (SBR) taxonomy development: Evidence from Finland. Nordic Journal of Business, 67(1), 4-26.
    • Miihkinen, A. & Virtanen, T., (2018). Development and Application of Assessment Standards to Advanced Written Assignments. Accounting Education, 27(2), p. 121-159.

     

    Doctoral candidate

    Narta is completing a doctoral degree in the Doctoral Programme in Food Chain and Health, within the Dept. of Economics & Management (supervisor: Prof. Steiner). Her research interests focus on food quality and sustainability in agri-food value chains (food labeling and authentication practices in Balkan countries). Through her research, she intends to build bridges between academia and the food industry, to create further networks between agri-food chain actors, thereby contributing towards more sustainable food systems.

    Affiliations:

    External affiliate, post-doc re­searcher

    Dr. Ruuska’s research interests are located generally in political ecology and economy. In his post-doctoral research he is studying the politics of self-sufficiency in food production. The take on the subject is on one hand philosophical, i.e. trying to understand what ‘nature’ is and what kind knowledge a subject can have from it, but also personal and practical. This is because sustainable change in self-sufficient food production is approached through alternative actions and practices of individuals and communities by utilising an auto-ethnographic method.

    Affiliations:

    • Post-doc Researcher at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Economics
    • Member of Kammari Research Project (kammari.org)

    Selected publications:

    • Ruuska, T. (2018). Reproduction Revisited: Capitalism, Higher Education and Ecological Crisis. Mayfly Books, mayflybooks.org.
    • Ruuska, T. and Heikkurinen, P. (2018). Väkivalta ihmisen aikakaudella. Tieteessä tapahtuu 3: 11-16.
    • Ruuska, T. (2017). Capitalism and the absolute contradiction in the Anthropocene. In Heikkurinen, P. (ed.). Sustainability and Peaceful Coexistence for the Anthropocene. New York and London: Routledge, 51-67.
    • Heikkurinen, P., Rinkinen, J., Järvensivu, T., Wilén, K. and Ruuska, T. (2016). Organising in the Anthropocene: an ontological outline for ecocentric theorising. Journal of Cleaner Production 113: 705–714.

    External affiliate, researcher

    Dr. Riccardo De Vita is Head of Department, International Business and Economics at the University of Greenwich, London. After starting his career at Universita’ Carlo Cattaneo (LIUC) in Italy, Riccardo moved to the University of Greenwich in 2009 to join the Center for Business 
    Network Analysis. Over the years he developed extensive teaching and managerial
    experience. He was appointed Head of Department in 2015, after having successfully led the largest post-graduate programme in the University. Riccardo employs Social Network Analysis, often in conjunction with other methodologies, to study organizations and innovation
    generation. He is regularly involved in the delivery of methodological training and commissioned research, which he carries out in different countries in the world and in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders.

    External affiliate, researcher

    Dr. Waichman is a behavioral economist who is using controlled experiments to study issues mainly related to environmental economics and sustainability as well as to public economics and industrial organization.

    External affiliate, researcher

    Brian Head of Psy­cho­logy (School of Sport, Health and So­cial Sci­ences), Southamp­ton Solent Uni­versity. He is interested in how our perception of the world and our beliefs about it influence our behaviour. He holds both an undergraduate degree and a PhD in psychology from the University of Reading. He lectured at the University of Wolverhampton for over 10 years before taking up his current position as head of psychology at Southampton Solent University. He has developed and delivers a positive psychology based programme, emphasising the importance of our perceptions, which has been shown to increase psychological wellbeing in the workplace. He also provides consultancy on Q methodology, a factor analysis based technique for identifying common perspectives from participants, which can be effectively employed in evaluation.

    Common research interests with the Food Economics and Business Management research group: ecological worldview, evolved psychological mechanisms (biases), dual process model, self-determination theory, automatic/implicit/explicit processing, cultural values, attitudes and subjectivity

    External affiliate, researcher

     

    Helena Ponstein currently does a PhD on avoidance of GHG emissions from global food value chains at the Faculty of Life Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She has a focus on the wine value chain.