We are a transdisciplinary group of researchers with different geographical, cultural and scholarly backgrounds. What connects us is our interest in collaborating in order to effectively contribute to sustainable change by means of research-based activities.


Steering committee


Karl Johan Bonnedahl

Researcher, Senior Lecturer and Head of Doctoral Studies at the Department of Business Administration, Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics. The interest in sustainable change departs from conflicts between conventional economic approaches, both on system and business levels, and issues of ecological sustainability and global justice. Current and recent research includes the roles of social innovation, business counseling, policy and biology in a process of sustainable change.


Pasi Heikkurinen

Lecturer in Business and Sustainable Change at the University of Leeds, Sustainability Research Institute; Lecturer in Management at the University of Helsinki, Department of Economics and Management; and Docent in Sustainability and Organizations at the Aalto University School of Business. His research project is a phenomenology of sustainability. The focus of his work is on questions concerning ethics and technology in relation to sustainable change, and in particular in the context of food and agriculture.


Tuula Helne

PhD in social policy, works as a senior researcher at the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela), where she is the principal investigator of the research project ‘Sustainable Wellbeing’. Critical of the current growth-dominated thought models and policies, Tuula believes that humans need to radically change their mindset in order to stop the fast approaching ecological catastrophe. She is particularly interested in showing how a more holistic conceptualization of wellbeing could guide the sustainability transformation. Tuula has co-authored four books on sustainability, wellbeing and ecosocial policy in Finnish and published several articles on these topics in national and international journals. 


Toni Ruuska

Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Economics. Toni’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.


Jenny Rinkinen

Postdoctoral Researcher in the Consumer Society Research Centre at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Jenny is a social scientist specialising in energy demand, sustainable consumption and resource use. Her research focuses in particular on changes in energy-intensive practices related to housing, heating, cooling and food supply. She is the editor of Energy fables: Challenging ideas in the energy sector (Routledge, May 2019) with Elizabeth Shove and Jacopo Torriti.


Alizara (Lisa) Juangbhanich

PhD candidate at the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London (UCL) under the supervision of Dr Catalina Turcu and Professor Yvonne Rydin. Holding a first degree in architecture from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and an MSc in Sustainable Urbanism from the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, her main research interest is within areas of sustainability for the built environment. Particular research interests include the examination of sustainable development (sustainable urbanisation, sustainable property development, green building practice) in relation to responsible behaviour at corporate and individual levels.


Outi Rantala

Associate Professor of Responsible Arctic Tourism at the University of Lapland, in the Multidimensional Tourism Institute/Faculty of Social Sciences. Outi’s research focuses on nature relationships and rhythms of everyday and holiday through such phenomenon as wilderness guiding, sleeping outdoors, weather, adventure and architecture. She engages with reflective ethnographic methodology, post-human practice theory and new materialism, and her research has been published in Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Material Culture and Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism. 


Maxim Vlasov

PhD Candidate at Umeå University. The red thread through Maxim’s research and activist practice is the idea of ecological embedding – reestablishing the intimate relationship with places of habitation by humans and implications of this relationship for modern societies and economies. In his doctoral project on ecological entrepreneurship, he explore this idea by studying individuals who start small-scale ecological gardens and farms as source of their livelihood in Sweden. His research interests include ecological philosophy, post-growth economics and entrepreneurship, and qualitative methods. In parallel to research, he is involved in several transition initiatives including organization of a local food market in Umeå.


Galina Kallio

Organizational scholar working currently as a Postdoc Researcher at Aalto University School of Business, Dept. of Management Studies. Her research focuses on alternative forms of economic organizing particularly in the sphere of food. In her work, she draws on anthropological, sociological and philosophical traditions and methodologically engages in ethnographic research practice. Conceptually, her interests lie in questions related to value(s), work and the unfolding of relationships between human and non-human species, which she explores in her ongoing research project on regenerative agriculture.


Tommi Kauppinen

D.Sc. in Tech., has mainly done research in two areas of sustainability: food and mining. At present he is dealing with mathematical algorithms, related also on measures for sustainability. While studying foodstuff consumption, he made a study of different foodstuffs in Finland and combined this data with nutritional information for measure of foodstuff ecological and nutritional efficiency. His doctoral thesis was concerned with exploration phase of mining. Thesis dealt in part with socio-ecological factors having and effect on the sustainability of mining.

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Tiina Onkila

Senior Researcher of Corporate Environmental Management in the school of Business and Economics, University of Jyvaskyla. She received her doctoral degree in Corporate Environmental Management in 2009. Her research interests relate to meanings of sustainability and environmental responsibilities in business, in particular environmental rhetoric, stakeholder relations, employees' perspective to sustainability change, change agency in sustainability, sustainability reporting and qualitative research. She teaches in the international CEM master’s programme and supervises master level theses. Her areas of interest include: environmental responsibilities in business, stakeholder management, rhetorics, environmental values and cultures, change agency for sustainability, sustainability reporting.



Angela Moriggi is a social scientist with six years experience working for transdiciplinary research projects focused on both rural and urban sustainability. She is currently Researcher at the Natural Resources Institute Finland – Luke, external PhD candidate at Wageningen University, and Marie Curie Fellow of SUSPLACE (Sustainable Place Shaping), an Innovative Training Network funded by the EU. Her PhD focuses on Green Care practices in Finland, where she investigates the experiences of social entrepreneurs and the potential of practices to regenerate place-based natural and social resources. Driven by ethical desire to contribute to transformative research, Angela experiments with participatory, inclusive, and arts-based methodologies. 

Annika Nordlund is Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer, Deputy Head of Department at the Department of Psychology, and Director of Research at the Transportation Research Unit (TRUM), at Umeå University. The interest in sustainable change focuses on a wide range of both motives and barriers for individual behavioral change, foremost in the behavioral fields of transportation and energy use. Current and recent research includes the roles of attitudinal factors such as values, beliefs and norms, and in addition goal frames, acceptability of policy measures, and behavioral intentions and actual behavioral change.

Anu Valtonen is Professor of Cultural Economy at the University of Lapland, Faculty of Social Sciences, Finland. She works at the interface of marketing, organization and tourism studies. Her research interests relate to critical and feminist theories, qualitative methodologies, bodies, senses, and sleep cultures. Recently, she has been engaging with feminist new materialism, affect theories, and more-than-human methodologies. Her work has been published, for instance, in Qualitative Inquiry, Human Relations, Management Learning, Organization, Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Material Culture, Journal of Marketing Management, Consumption, Markets and Culture, and Tourism Studies, as well as in books and book chapters.

Ben Robra is PhD Candidate in the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) at the University of Leeds and Demonstrator for MSc module ‘Business, Environment and Sustainability’. His research focuses on organisations for a degrowth society, and in particular, on the questions how organisations can help to reduce matter-energy throughput and how they might help to achieve degrowth paradigm shifts. Digitalisation, digital commons, and alternative modes of production are especially interesting for his in relation to degrowth. He holds an MSc in Ecological Economics from the University of Leeds and a BA in Business Administration from the Hamburg School of Business Administration. 

Bodo Steiner is Professor of Food Economics at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Economics and Management, and Head of the Research Group ‘Food Economics and Business Management for Sustainable Food Systems.’ His overall research interests focus on triple-bottom-line sustainability in food systems, and relate to organizational studies and business management issues in agri-food value chains and value networks. His recent research interests include social capital theory and its application to the Economy of the Common Good.

Christian Kerschner is an economist and Assistant Professor at Masaryk University Brno and Modul University Vienna. He holds a PhD and a master’s degree in ecological economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a master’s in business and economics from the University of Vienna. His main research interests are economic vulnerabilities to Peak Oil, attitudes towards and the role of technology for societal transformation and alternatives macroeconomic narratives with respect to economic growth i.e. Steady State Economy, Degrowth and Post-Growth. Currently he is completing a book about his PhD research on impacts and vulnerabilities in the case of oil price shocks using alternative approaches within the Input-Output analytical (IOA) framework. 

David Skrbina is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Michigan at Dearborn.  His areas of research include philosophy of technology, environmental ethics, and philosophy of mind.  He is the author of The Metaphysics of Technology (2015; Routledge) and Panpsychism in the West (2nd ed. 2017; MIT Press) and editor of Mind That Abides: Panpsychism in the New Millennium (2009; John Benjamins). He also has edited a series of four textbooks for undergraduate philosophy courses.  Dr. Skrbina has been a visiting professor of philosophy at Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Gent, in Belgium. 

Eeva Houtbeckers (D.Sc. Econ. & Bus. Adm.) works on a 4-year postdoctoral project funded by Nessling Foundation and Kone Foundation. She is affiliated with the Department of Design at Aalto University and NODUS research group. Eeva’s postdoctoral research is a sensory ethnography on post-growth work practices in the global North inspired by ecofeminist thinking. She follows Finnish projects on self-sufficiency, land rights, and forest protection.Her doctoral dissertation ‘Mundane social entrepreneurship’ focused on Finnish microentrepreneurs’ work in sectors that address sustainability challenges. 

Elina Närvänen is University Lecturer of marketing (University of Tampere) and docent in consumer behavior and consumer research (University of Jyväskylä). She is an expert on interpretive consumer research as well as the practice theoretical perspective to consumption. Her current research interests include sustainable consumption practices and business models, consumption communities, food waste, and qualitative research methodologies. She leads a research group focusing on sustainable consumption at the University of Tampere. She has published in several international journals, including Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Service Management, Journal of Consumer Behaviour and European Journal of Marketing.

Emily Höckert is a Postdoctoral fellow in tourism studies at the Linnaeus University in Sweden in the Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship. In the broadest level, her research is driven by curiosity of how hosts and guests – human and more-than human – welcome each other in tourism settings. She approaches the questions of hospitality, ethics, care and storytelling at the crossroads of hermeneutic phenomenology, postcolonial philosophy and new materialism. Her articles have been published in Annals of Tourism Research, Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism and Hospitality and Society. She is the author of Negotiating Hospitality (2018 Routledge) and co-author of Disruptive Tourism and Its Untidy Guests (2014 Palgrave MacMillan), which both discuss about relational ways of being in tourism settings. 

Eva Alfredsson is researcher at KTH, part of Beyond GDP as well as other research projects. She also works as Senior Analyst at Tillväxtanalys(Growth Analysis).

Eva Cudlínová, Associated Professor was educated at the University of Economics in Prague, as an economist.  She is working at the University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Economics, Ceske Budejovice.  She is a lecturer of "Ecological and Environmental Economics".  Among her main fields of interest are problems of sustainable development, resource management, economic methods of valuing nature.    She is a member of board  of International Society for Ecological Economics. From 2001 till now, she used to be coordinator of the Czech part of the EU Framework projects. The  present is H2020 EU project POWER4BIO: emPOWERing regional stakeholders for realising the full potential of European BIOeconomy (2018-2021).

Frederik Dahlmann is Associate Professor of Strategy & Sustainability at the University of Warwick. His research interests are driven by a focus on understanding how companies respond to and integrate global sustainability challenges into their business strategies, management practices and corporate governance systems. More specifically, he studies how companies address multiple sustainability challenges, their strategic engagement with policy frameworks such as the UN SDGs and Earth System Governance, and the role of sustainable business models in driving industry transformation.

Herman Stål is Researcher, Senior Lecturer and Research Director for the Research Institute for Sustainability and Ethics in Business (RiseB) at Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics. His research seeks to understand the persistence of unsustainable and controversial practices, for instance in relation to climate change and waste. Current and recent research includes the roles of business models, social innovation, entrepreneurship, power and institutions linked to sustainability-related inertia and change.

Hervé Corvellec is Professor in Business Administration at Lund University, Sweden. His current research focuses on waste and its management, but has even a research experience in railroad planning, windpower siting, and public transportation management, as well as risk and ethics. His research is often transdisciplinary and he has published, for example, in Accounting, Organizations and Society, Environment and Planning A, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Cleaner Production, the Journal of Material Culture, the Journal of Risk Research, Organizations, Waste Management and Waste Management and Research.

Iana Nesterova is a final year PhD student at the University of Derby. Her PhD and research interest is on the micro level and production side of the economy, especially on the potential and practicalities of small firms to transition towards a sustainable economy and society, as envisioned in the degrowth movement. She works with pro-environmental, pro-social, values driven small firms to co-create a framework for a degrowth business. In this process, She also tries to understand what motivates business owner-managers to operate their businesses in this manner, as well as what the barriers such firms face in current setting are. 

J. Mohorčich is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Lehman College of the City University of New York. He earned his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. His work examines the ways that critical infrastructure services (e.g. for delivering nutrition, contraception, potable water, electricity, and shelter) structure the political. He has a chapter describing the causes and effects of constructing global networks of computational power and resource consumption in Sustainability and Peaceful Coexistence for the Anthropocene (Routledge, 2017). He has also published articles with the Sentience Institute, where he is a research fellow, on social change and technology adoption.

Jana Lozanoska is a Doctor of Peace and Conflict studies at the UN-mandated University for Peace, San Jose Costa Rica and has obtained an LL.M degree in international humanitarian law from the University of Geneva and Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland. Her doctoral research is a critique on human rights that is based on the idea of human dignity as proposed by the German-Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt. Her current research interests are in the field of human rights, transitional justice and political theory including temporality of justice and Anthropocene.She has published several articles on human rights, democracy and rule of law and edited two publications. 

Juha Helenius is Professor of Agroecology, University of Helsinki. In recent years, his main focus of research has been in co-creating a model for localized food production our group calls agroecological symbiosis (AES). The concept is illustrated in their blog, and currently they work on creation of networks of AES, with Central Uusimaa as our pilot region. AES refers, in analogy to more generic industrial symbiosis, to an organization of farming, bioenergy production and food processing in which the participating companies are in close proximity to allow for nutrient recycling, energy self-sufficiency and production of bioenergy for sale based on biomasses not competing with but enhancing food production, and processing of primary products from farming to foods with local identity. The AES seeks to be a model for improving income, revitalizing rural livelihoods, restoring citizen’s sense of food and community and boosting food cultures.

Katariina Koistinen is currently finalizing her PhD at the Lappeenranta University of Technology in the department of Sustainability Science. Her research interests include the practices and rationales for individuals to contribute to sustainability and the question of how organizations act as agents of sustainability transitions. Her current research focuses on active agents of sustainability transitions. 

Kristoffer Wilén is a PhD student at Hanken School of Economics. He is mainly working within the fields of political ecology and social ecological economics. His research interests include: the political dimensions of human-environmental relations, the post-political climate and neoliberalisation of environmental debates, environmental and economic history, subjectification and power within consumption and work, identity formations, materialist perspectives on feminism and anti-racism, the commodification and economisation of everything in market(ing) society – and some of the alternatives to this: degrowth, commons, solidarity economy.

Lucas Haskell is a PhD student at Umeå School of Business, Economics, and Statistics. His dissertation explores how social innovations can lead to a more strongly sustainable society. Moreover, he is interested in how the sharing economy can lead to more sustainable production and consumption practices. Lastly, his research aims to discover sustainable business models for social innovations.

Lucie Middlemiss is an Associate Professor in Sustainability at the University of Leeds and Co-Director of the Sustainability Research Institute. Her research lies in the boundary between social and environmental issues, with a particular focus on consumption, community and vulnerability. She has written the first ever textbook on Sustainable Consumption which was published this year. Lucie currently leads an interdisciplinary team of academics in building more sophisticated understandings of the vulnerability caused by energy poverty, by revisiting a large body of secondary qualitative research.

Lummina (Ina) Horlings has studied land- and water-management and human geography, holds a PhD in Policy Science, worked at the Telos centre of sustainability, and is currently employed as Professor Socio-Spatial Planning at the University of Groningen (RUG) in the Netherlands. Her work broadly deals with 'the human factor' in planning. She is involved in two Marie Curie ITN programs, on sustainable place-shaping (SUSPLACE) and resourceful communities (RECOMS). Research interests: sustainable place-shaping, sustainable (place-based) development, self-governance, collaboration, sustainable citizens initiatives, place leadership, (cultural) sustainability, values. She is a member of the Steering Group Sustainable Society at the RUG.

Maira Babri is Senior Lecturer in Örebro University School of Business. Her research interests include: Methods and methodologies for inclusiveness. Interactionist and relational ontologies. taking holistic and circular approaches to reality. Sustainability as human and non-human interaction, interdependence and co-organization. Global and inclusive approaches to ethics.  

Marcus Petz is a PhD candidate at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä. His research interests are currently focused on resilience and rural regeneration around green economics. He is involved in climate justice activism and regenerative culture developments. He interacts with, Extinction Rebellion, and happily collaborates with others in trying to build alternatives within the participatory collaborative action research paradigm. He holds an MSc in Mountain Forestry from The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and  BSc. Hons. in Biology Geology from Manchester University.

Marileena Mäkelä (M.Sc. in Eng. & in Econ.) is Researcher in Finland Futures Research Centre at the University of Turku. At the moment, she is finalizing her doctoral thesis with the title "Past, present and future of environmental reporting in the Finnish forest industry". Besides her doctoral thesis, she has studied sustainability reporting and employee perspective on sustainability. She teaches in Turku School of Economics, Tampere University of Technology and Tampere University of Applied Sciences. She has published her studies in journals such as Journal of Cleaner Production, Sustainable Development, Business Strategy and the Environment, and Forest Policy and Economics.

Martin Fritz is a sociologist working at Bielefeld University in Germany. His research deals with transnational social and environmental policy, sustainable welfare and employment as well as the links between social and ecological factors of living a good life on planet Earth. He is particularly interested in the comparative analyses of countries’ eco-social institutional arrangements and peoples’ views, ideas, knowledge and preferences for eco-social policies. He seeks to combine sociological theory with empirical data and does not even shy away from carrying out statistical analyses. In his garden, he likes to conduct co-planting and permaculture experiments.

Mikael Malmaeus is working at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, where part of his research concerns how the economy can be transformed beyond GDP growth in the Antropocene. He recently co-edited a volume named Ekonomi för Antropocen. In his research he has addressed the concept of GDP and how the economic values of goods and services reflect resource use rather than technology, efficiency or revealed  consumer preferences. He has also addressed the concept of economic sustainability and how negative consequences of low or no growth can be avoided.

Mikko Jalas is Professor of Practice, Sustainable Consumption, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. His interests relate to everyday life, materiality, sufficiency and temporal rhythms of the society. Alternative, more sustainable consumption practices call for better understandings of what and how we care about, attach to and live with. Hence my research on the practice of everyday life, DIY and hobbyist cultures. On a critical note, the lack of skill, the thorough economization of everyday life and the transformation of public and domestic spaces into consumption spaces underlie economic growth and unsustainability.

Minna Autio (D.Sc.) works as a professor of home economic science and teaching at the University of Helsinki. Her research interests include greening of consumer society and the cultural practices consumer policy issues, especially green and sustainable consumerism. She is specialized in qualitative research methods and methodology.

Mirja Mikkilä works as Associate Professor at the Department of Sustainability Science and Solutions at Lappeenranta University of Technology. Her expertise covers corporate responsibility and sustainability, environmental economics, natural resource economics, and transition management. Her recent research interests focus on profitability, sustainability and sustainable business models related to natural resource governance and utilizations. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings. Furthermore, she has worked over 15 years within international natural resource consulting, and pulp and paper industry operations on four continents, Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Mohammad Al-Saidi is Research Assistant and Professor for Sustainable Development Policy, College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University, Qatar. Prior to this, he as a senior researchers at the Institute for Technology in the Tropics (ITT) at the TH-Köln in Germany. He holds two master degrees in economics and political sciences, and a Ph.D. in economics from Heidelberg University. His research interests include water management, sustainability governance and environmental politics, with a focus on the Arab region as well as the Eastern Nile basin.

Rachel Mazac is a PhD Student in Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences at the University of Helsinki in the Future Sustainable Food Systems research group led by Dr Hanna Tuomisto. Rachel is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in systems thinking, sustainable dietary practices, and environmental education. Holding bachelors degrees in biology and environmental studies from Hamline University in the United States and an MSc in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems from the University of British Columbia in Canada, her doctoral research focuses on future sustainable dietary shifts and the systemic impacts on the environment, health, and nutrition security.

Ralf Barkemeyer is Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility at KEDGE Business School (Bordeaux). Ralf joined KEDGE in early 2015 from the University of Leeds (UK) where he had been lecturing since 2010. Before, he worked as Research Fellow and Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, from where he received his PhD. Ralf received two Master degrees in Environmental Science as well as Business Administration from the University of Lüneburg (Germany). His research focuses on the interface of business, environment and society. In particular, he is interested in the link between CSR and development; corporate sustainability reporting; and corporate sustainability performance assessment. 

Robson Rocha is Associate Professor at the Management Department – Århus University. His current research interests are in sustainable degrowth, ecological economics, health, comparative institutional analysis, and societal transitions. He has a degree in Environmental Sciences from University of Sao Paulo- Brazil and a Ph.D. in Business and Economics from Copenhagen Business School.

Satu Teerikangas is Professor of Management and Organization (UTU) and Honorary Professor, University College London (UCL). Her background is the study of strategic organizational change and change agency therein, particularly as regards merging and acquiring, see e.g. Handbook of Mergers & Acquisitions (Oxford University Press) and employee engagement. In sustainability, her interest is in climate change strategy implementation (Morris et al., 2015) and engaged sustainability-related agency. She coordinates the Responsibility research & teaching network at Turku School of Economics. In terms of impact, she is keen to awaken world-changing agency.

Stefano Ghinoi is Postdoc Researcher at the University of Helsinki, Department of Economics and Management. His 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 and sustainability\, 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.

Steffen Böhm is Professor in Organisation & Sustainability at University of Exeter Business School. His research focuses on political economy & ecology & justice of the food-energy-water-climate-land-labour nexus. He was a co-founder of the open-access journals ephemera: theory & politics in organization and is co-founder and co-editor of the open-access publishing press MayFlyBooks. He has published five books: Repositioning Organization Theory (Palgrave), Against Automobility (Blackwell), Upsetting the Offset: The Political Economy of Carbon Markets (Mayfly), and The Atmosphere Business (Mayfly), and Ecocultures: Blueprints for Sustainable Communities (Routledge). His new book (with Annika Skoglund), Renewable Energy Activism, is forthcoming with Cambridge.

Sylvia Lorek is chair of the Sustainable Europe Research Institute Germany e.V.  She is working on studies and as consultant for national and international organisations und institutes and active in various national, regional and global networks on sustainable consumption. She holds a Ph.D. in consumer economics based on degrees in household economics and nutrition (Oecotrophologie) as well as economics. The combination of these two disciplines provides her with the tools - the individual micro-economic and the societal macroeconomic perspective - for a well-founded analysis of the contexts, in which the scientific and societal discourses about sustainable consumption take place.

Tarja Salmela is a Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Lapland, Faculty of Social Sciences/Art and Design, Finland. Her research encompasses topics of sleep and dreaming, body and embodiment, ethico-political insights to organizing, and advancement of qualitative methodologies, which she currently combines with her passion to explore and recognize more-than-human agencies and their various entanglements with human nature. With a background in critical organization studies, her multidisciplinary work is guided by feminist theories and locates to the interface of organization studies, tourism, psychoanalysis and design. Her work has been published in Qualitative Inquiry, Management Learning, and Culture and Organization.

Teppo Eskelinen (PhD Jyväskylä 2009) is a political philosopher and social scientist, working currently as Senior Lecturer in development and international co-operation. His main fields of research are critical development theory and political economy broadly defined (economic justice, economic alternatives, etc). He is also a founding member and chair of the Finnish Society for Political Economy Research.Politicising the economy is his perspective to sustainability.

Thomas Smith is postdoc researcher at the University of Leeds, Sustainability Research Institute. He is interested in identifying how to make biodiversity a fundamental part of business thinking and action. His research focusses on understanding the social and ecological factors that influence business perceptions and actions regarding biodiversity. He seeks to define the challenges faced in achieving reform at organisational and systemic levels and find solutions that achieve outcomes that place society and ecology, rather than profits first. 

Tommi Lehtonen is Professor of Applied Philosophy at the University of Vaasa, Finland. He specializes in social ethics, cultural philosophy and philosophy of management. His current research focuses on the role of attitudes in decision-making, values and ethics of governance, investment ethics, the concept of a point of view, philosophical questions related to comparative research, and the requirements and impediments for cultural understanding.

Viola Hakkarainen is a researcher at Natural Resources Institute Finland and pursues a Ph.D. as an early stage research fellow in Marie Curie ITN network RECOMS (Resourceful and Resilient Communities). Her current research focuses on nature-based cultures, knowledge systems and actor relationships in relation to sustainability transformations and resilient communities in Kvarken archipelago in Finland. She is inspired by co-creation of knowledge and creative research methods. Questions related to science-society interactions and role of scientists in sustainability transformations are close to Viola’s heart. Viola holds a Master’s degree in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development from Stockholm Resilience Centre, and has been previously studying knowledge exchange in small-scale fisheries in Zanzibar.