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Petri Tapio

Senior researcher Petri TapioPetri Tapio is Professor in Futures Research at Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC) of the University of Turku. He is also Adjunct Professor (Docent) of Environmental Science & Policy at the University of Helsinki. He is interested in the theoretical foundations of interdisciplinary environmental research and futures studies. He uses and develops various communicative futures research methods, such as scenarios, futures workshops and the Delphi method. Petri has been involved in empirical applications into transport, energy, agri-food systems and environmental education. His most important innovations include the Disaggregative Policy Delphi, the Decoupling Diamond and a meta-analysis of the paradigm typologies in futures studies. Petri has authored or coauthored over 80 research publications and additional popular pieces of work. He has participated in several research projects funded by the Academy of Finland, Finnish Ministries and the European Social Fund. He is a referee in five scientific journals. Although he has been nominated as the leader of the FIDEA group, the group is based on a real team work rather than supervisors and subordinates. Contact: petri.tapio(a)
Petri Tapio CV (pdf)

Jari Lyytimäki

Senior researcher Jari LyytimäkiJari Lyytimäki works as a senior researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Environmental policy centre. He is also adjunct professor (University of Helsinki). His primary research area is environmental and science communication, with an interdisciplinary emphasis. He has contributed to several national and EU R&D projects focusing e.g. on the production and use of sustainability indicators, media studies on eutrophication and climate change, integrated risk assessment and risk communication and the state of the environment reporting. Besides his work as a researcher, Jari is active science writer interested on the full spectrum of environmental issues. His most recent book was published by the Helsinki University Press with the title “Dark sides of the light - light pollution as an environmental problem” (2013, In Finnish, co-authored with J. Rinne). The book received an award from Kone Foundation for the best Finnish-language environmetnal research published during 2013-2014 (Vuoden Tiedekynä 2015 -award). Contact: jari.lyytimaki(a)
Jari Lyytimäki CV (pdf)

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Riikka Paloniemi

Senior Researcher Riikka PaloniemiRiikka Paloniemi is working as head of unit Green Infrastruture at Environmental Policy Center in Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). She studies environmental policy from various perspectives including among others policy learning, participation, power and governance. She has been focusing on the policies and practices related to biodiversity, ecosystem services, climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as environmental education. She has good skills in participatory, qualitative and quantitative methods. Riikka holds PhD (2008) in Environmental Science and Policy, and is also a docent (2012) in Environmental Policy at the the University of Helsinki. In addition, she has teacher's qualifications for environmental protection and environmental education. She has published in both national and international journals and refereed articles in scientific journals. She has participated in several national and European wide research projects as a researcher and work package leader; currently she leads the national research and development project Knowledge and dialogue to support targeting of biodiversity conservation, involving researchers and stakeholders to find out innovate solutions to current multidisciplinary challenges of environmental policy. Contact: riikka.paloniemi(a)
Riikka Paloniemi CV (pdf)

Vilja Varho

Senior Researcher Vilja VarhoVilja Varho is an expert in environmental policy and futures research and currently employed as a principal research scientist in Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). Vilja received her PhD (2007) from the University of Helsinki, Department of Environmental Science and Policy. In her research work, Vilja uses e.g. expert interviews, content and discourse analyses, and scenario construction. Vilja has developed the "soft scenario" and Q2 scenario methods with Petri Tapio, as well as explored the nature and integration of various types of expertise in research. Like the rest of the FIDEA group, she is interested in developing the combined use of quantitative and qualitative methods. Vilja aims at contributing to the sustainability transition of Finnish and global societies and has studied various aspects of renewable energy, transport, rural development, and energy and climate policy. Contact: vilja.varho(a)
Vilja Varho CV (pdf)
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Risto Willamo

Senior Researcher Risto WillamoRisto Willamo is working as a senior university lecturer at the University of Helsinki, Department of Environmental Science and Policy. He accomplished his PhD in 2005 on the theoretical foundations of environmental science and policy. His strongest interest is in didactical aspects of interdisciplinary environmental education. As a researcher he has developed interdisciplinary environmental frameworks and a comprehensive approach in environmental science and policy. The comprehensive approach explores the challenges, benefits and pitfalls of broad interdisciplinarity. Risto has also been active in ecological research, especially in the Finnish bird atlas - a long term program for monitoring bird populations in Finland. Contact: risto.willamo(a)
Risto Willamo CV (pdf)

Essi Aarnio-Linnanvuori

Essi Aarnio-LinnanvuoriEssi Aarnio-Linnanvuori received her Master´s Degree (2005) from the University of Helsinki, Department of Environmental Science and Policy. She has begun her postgraduate studies in the same department in 2010. She is interested in interdisciplinary environmental education, ethics in environmental education and integration of school subjects. Her research concentrates on integrating environmental themes in teaching of social studies on primary and secondary level. Contact: essi.aarnio-linnanvuori(a)

Katri Huutoniemi

Katri HuutoniemiKatri Huutoniemi is post doctoral researcher in environmental policy at the University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research. She holds a PhD (2013) from the same department and was a visiting fellow at Harvard University in 2007-08. Katri is interested in the social, epistemological and environmental aspects of the governance of science. Her research focuses on interdisciplinary knowledge production, evaluation and problem solving. Contact: katri.huutoniemi(a)
Katri Huutoniemi CV (pdf)

Nufar Finel

Nufar FinelNufar Finel has a Master's degree (2010) in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Helsinki. Her Master’s thesis (titled “Decoupling in the transport sector: relative changes in CO2 emissions from transport and GDP in world countries 1975-2005”) concerned the decoupling of economic growth and carbon dioxide emissions based on global statistical data. The goal of Nufar’s study was to broaden the scope of decoupling research within the transport sector to a global level and test the significance of the Decoupling Diamond. The work was conducted as a part of the SIGHT project. Contact: nufar.finel(a)

Nina Nygrén

Nina Nygrén Nina Nygrén is a project researcher at Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC) at the University of Turku. She is researching futures of management of aquatic ecosystems. Her work is a part of AQUADIGM-project, funded by the Academy of Finland. Nina received her Master's degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Helsinki 2011. Nina has participated several research and development projects related to futures of energy use, transport and impact assessment. Contact: nina.nygren(a)

Liisa Haapanen

Liisa SchultzLiisa Haapanen (née Schultz) has a Master's degree (2014) in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Helsinki. In her Master’s Thesis (titled ”Phenomenon, Institution and Ideology – Themes of 21st Century Economic Growth Critique”) she examined what economic growth represents to growth critics. Liisa is interested in alternative futures of a society without and beyond growth. Liisa is currently on maternity leave and she also works part-time in the private sector promoting sustainable public procurement. Contact: liisa.haapanen(a)

Pasi Pohjolainen

Pasi Pohjolainen received his Master's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Helsinki in 2012. His Master's thesis was about consumer's environmental consciousness of meat production, and attitudes that affect meat consumption. At the moment Pasi is working on a doctoral thesis in Economic Sociology at the University of Turku, funded by Maj and Tor Nessling foundation. The aim of the thesis is to study how consumers perceive the possibility of switching towards plant-based diets. Contact: pasi.j.pohjolainen(a)

Leena Helenius

Leena Helenius is working on her Master's thesis for Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Helsinki. She is interested in strong comprehensive and holistic approach and paradigm change in environmental issues, a continuation of her BSc thesis. Leena analyses contradictions and dichotomies and how they can be better understood by applying dialectical thinking in conflict situations. She claims that conventional 'things are either or' thinking is reductionist and more comprehensive 'things can be both and' thinking is also needed in this world full of contradictions and contradictory situations. Contact: leena.helenius(a)

Anni Parkkinen

Anni Parkkinen is BSc and studying Environmental Change and Policy at the University of Helsinki with a minor in Environmental Economics. She has also studied Ecology and Sustainable Development at the Université Catholique de l'Ouest in France. The subject of Anni's BSc thesis was the feasibility of the City Biodiversity Index for the City of Helsinki. Currently she investigates the prospects for bicycle transport in her Master's thesis. Contact anni.parkkinen(a)

Katariina Kiviluoto

Katariina Kiviluoto is studying Future Studies at the University of Turku. She is currently working on her Master’s Thesis on the future of sustainable traffic campaigning. She is interested in sustainable transport issues, pro-environmental behaviour, transitions and behaviour change. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and a bachelor degree in Natural Resources. She has been involved in many R&D projects related to various environmental issues such as energy efficiency, environmental education and water management through her work at the Turku University of Applied Sciences. Contact: ankkiv(a)

Ville Lauttamäki

Ville Lauttamäki has a M.Sc. degree in economics from Turku School of Economics (2003). He has worked as a project researcher at the Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC) of the University of Turku since 2004. His work at the FFRC has mainly been focused on studying futures of energy and security issues. Ville has worked on dozens of futures-oriented research and development projects with several Finnish ministries, the Prime Minister's office, most important security oraganisations in Finland as well as with several businesses from energy and security branches. He has also acted as a researcher in several EU-funded research projects at the FFRC. His main capabilities as a researcher are in practical applications of Delphi method and futures workshops. Currently he is preparing a doctoral thesis on development paths of shallow geothermal energy in Finland at the University of Turku. Contact: vijalau(a)


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The FIDEA group conducts crossdisciplinary environmental research from both theoretical and empirical point of view.

We gather specialist knowledge, integrate it, and invite the experts to share their thoughts with people from other fields of environmental expertise. Read more!

Who are we?

The FIDEA group builds on but is not limited to a collaboration of researchers from three organizations – Department of Environmental Sciences at University of Helsinki, Finland Futures Research Centre at University of Turku and Environmental Policy Centre at Finnish Environment Institute.

FIDEA Researchers


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