How can humans use natural resources without harming the environment and, in so doing, ourselves? What does sustainable natural resource management mean in practice? Why do some ecosystems tolerate change without collapse? By viewing humans as part of nature, my work contributes to a more holistic understanding of the resilience of natural resource systems.
I am a researcher in Natural Resource Management, specialised in resilience, social-ecological systems and network science. I use systems science and resilience thinking to study how sustainable natural resource management emerges from complex, dynamic human-environment interactions (i.e. social-ecological systems as complex adaptive systems). I am especially interested in finding solutions that are good for both people (e.g. rural livelihoods) and the environment, and that maintain the long-term resilience of natural resource production systems. In so doing, my research addresses the urgent need to protect and restore Earth’s natural environment at a time when humanity’s total annual global consumption of natural resources is expected to more than double.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
- Natural resource management
- Network science
- Social-ecological systems
- Social-ecological systems modelling
- Environmental change and human impact on environment
- 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.
- 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
I gained my Ph.D. at Stockholm Resilience Centre with Thorsten Blenckner, Örjan Bodin, and Erik Bonsdorff (Åbo Akademi University) as my supervisors. After graduation, I did a two years post doc at Tylianakis Lab at University of Canterbury. I then held a permanent researcher position at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research (a New Zealand government–owned research centre), but moved back to Finland during the COVID-19 pandemic. I accepted my current researcher position at School of Resource Wisdom, University of Jyväskylä, in 2021.