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I am professor in environmental governance and policy within The Sea profiling area and the head of subject in public administration at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics, and Law. My research interests include environmental policy, politics and governance at various levels of governance and in multilevel contexts. My research focuses on the dynamics of governance and policymaking, the politics of knowledge and the construction of environmental problems and the related policies. My recent project portfolio includes two research projects funded by the Academy of Finland, SeaHer (2018-2022) and Package-Heroes (, 2018-2023), a research project funded by Tiina & Antti Herlin Foundation (2018-2019, 2021), and a project funded by the Turku Urban Research Programme (2022-2024). In addition, I partner in several other multidisciplinary research projects related to marine environment, climate change, local governance, stakeholder involvement and Russia's green and blue economy.


I have my PhD from the University of Tampere in 2008.

I received the position of adjunct professor (docent) at the University of Helsinki in 2014.

I have previous work experience as researcher and senior researcher at the University of Tampere (2008-2014) and senior lecturer at the University of Turku (since 2015).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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