Get to know our interdisciplinary research group
Pasi Heikkurinen, group leader

I am a Senior Lecturer in Management at the University of Helsinki, Visiting Lecturer in Business and Sustainable Change at the University of Leeds, and Adjunct Professor in Sustainability and Organizations at Aalto University School of Business. I am the co-editor of Sustainability Beyond Technology (OUP, 2021) and Strongly Sustainable Societies (Routledge, 2019), as well as the editor of Sustainability and Peaceful Coexistence for the Anthropocene (Routledge, 2017). My research has been published in the leading journals in the field of sustainable organizations, including Business Strategy and the Environment; Ecological Economics; Environment and Planning E; Journal of Business Ethics; and Organization & Environment. 

My current research deals with outlining a phenomenology of sustainability. My main research interest is on questions concerning 'ethos' and 'techne' in relation to ’oikos’ (both ecology and economy). Empirically, I am mostly involved with the practices of food provisioning.

Johanna Hohenthal

I am a postdoctoral researcher and part-time teacher at the University of Helsinki. My background is in Geography and Global Development Studies. My PhD research (2018) focused on local ecological knowledge, environmental histories and water resource governance in the Taita Hills, Kenya.

More recently, I have studied the accessibility of intercultural bilingual education in Ecuadorian Amazonia and its relation to Indigenous young people’s territoriality and place-based learning. My research interests and expertise include local and Indigenous eco-cultural knowledges, human-nature relations, political ecology, environmental governance, ecosystem services, environmental changes, multi-crises/disasters, community resilience, socio-ecological justice, critical cartography, participatory mapping, and decolonial and pluriversal thinking. In my current research, I focus on the skills of food self-provisioning relevant for sustainable societal change in Finland. 

Jessica Jungell-Michelsson

I am is a PhD Student and university instructor at the University of Helsinki, Department of Economics and Management. My research focuses on sustainable food systems from an organizational point of view. I have a background in economics and business administration.

Tommi Kauppinen

I am a visiting researcher at University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, department of Economics and Management, and a project manager at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences.

I am currently studying mathematics in relation to its application areas, ethics of blockchain technology and reducing the climate impact of district heating. I am also an advocate of poetry, exploring the subconsciousness of the Finnish social whole.

Tina Nyfors

I am a PhD student at the University of Helsinki, Department of Economics and Management. My research interests focus on decreasing the impact of consumption by studying how the concept of ecological sufficiency could be applied in environmental policy.

I have published an article about ecological sufficiency in climate policy in Futura in 2020, and is the co-author of the report 'The sufficiency perspective in climate policy: How to recompose consumption' published by the Finnish Climate Change Panel in 2020. My background is within sustainability science, human ecology and journalism.

Jarkko Pyysiäinen, group co-leader

I am a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Entrepreneurship at the University of Helsinki. My disciplinary background is in social psychology and social scientific entrepreneurship research, and I have 20 years of experience in working in diverse multidisciplinary, internationally oriented academic and research institutions. Currently, my research focuses on questions of agency, entrepreneurship and sustainability; co-constitution of affordances, social agency and skills; relational meta-theories; and practices of food provisioning. In terms of research methodology, I am is specialized in application and development of qualitative methods. 

Toni Ruuska

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher, and University teacher at the University of Helsinki, and Co-editor of Mayfly Books. I am the co-editor of Sustainability beyond Technology (Oxford University Press, 2021) and the author of Reproduction Revisited: Capitalism, Higher Education and Ecological Crisis (Mayfly Books, 2018). My research has been published in leading journals in the field of environmental social sciences, including Ecological Economics, Philosophy of Management, Ephemera, Journal of Cleaner Production, and Sustainability.

In my research, I seek to understand how skills of self-provisioning evolve and develop over time, and how local economies mitigate and adapt to the ongoing ecological crisis. Theoretically Ruuska is involved in critical theory, ecological Marxism, and (eco)phenomenology.

Heini Salonen

I am a doctoral student and visiting researcher at the University of Helsinki with a background in Economics and Finance. Currently, I am interested in organizations and organizational culture in the time of ecological crises. In my doctoral dissertation I will study how organizational culture affects how businesses respond to tightening environmental policy.

Previously, I spent close to ten years as an officer at the United Nations Secretariat, working closely with sustainable development issues and specializing in foreign direct investment data and trends, modernizing the production of statistics as well as science and statistical communication. I have been a core author in several UN publications.

Milla Suomalainen

I am a technical assistant and an aspiring doctoral student at the University of Helsinki. My master’s thesis was a qualitative study on climate change adaptation at public health care in Finland. Currently I am interested in local food systems and their connections to community resilience, wellbeing and sufficiency.