About me

How can humans use natural resources without harming the environment and, in so doing, ourselves? What does sustainable natural resource governance mean in practice, and how to shift to more sustainable resource use? Why do some ecosystems tolerate change without collapse? By viewing humans as part of nature, my research improves our understanding on sustainable human-environment interactions.

I am a researcher in Natural Resource Management, specialized in resilience. I use systems science and resilience thinking to improve our understanding on how natural resource management, and its impacts on environment and people, emerge from complex, dynamic human-environment interactions and the systems that these interactions are embedded in (i.e., social-ecological systems as complex adaptive systems). For this purpose, I have studied human-environment interactions from different perspectives, ranging from altered marine food webs to the role of social norms in ecosystem recovery. I am especially interested in finding natural resource management solutions that are good for both people and environment, and I often develop social-ecological models to understand what makes natural resource systems resilient. My work also contributes to testing and developing new methodological approaches for resilience research. I hold expertise in network science and frequently use different network approaches in my research.

I gained my PhD at Stockholm Resilience Centre with Thorsten Blenckner, Örjan Bodin and Erik Bonsdorff (Åbo Akademi University) as my supervisors. I did a two years’ post doc at University of Canterbury. Before accepting my current position at School of Resource Wisdom, University of Jyväskylä, I held a permanent researcher position at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research (a New Zealand government – owned research centre).

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Natural resource management
  • Resilience
  • Network science
  • Human-environment interactions / social-ecological systems
  • Social-ecological modelling
  • Environmental change and sustainability
  • Interdisciplinary research

My main methods are network analysis (social, ecological and social-ecological network tools) and agent-based modelling. I use R and NetLogo coding languages. My technical skills also include competency in using ArcGIS environment and QGIS (spatial analysis), system dynamics models (causal loop models and stock-and-flow diagrams, e.g. Vensim), and network softwares such as UCINET, Gephi, PNET and MPNET.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Natural Resource Management, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University
  • Licentiate’s Degree (PhD Lic.) in Natural Resource Management, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Physical Geography (Earth System Science), Stockholm University
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Physical Geography and Biology, Stockholm University
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Physical Geography, Stockholm University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Savonia University of Applied Sciences

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