About me

How can humans interact with environment without harming it and, in so doing, ourselves? What does sustainable natural resource use mean in practice? Why do some ecosystems and natural resource systems tolerate change without collapse? By viewing humans as part of nature, my research improves our understanding on how human-environment interactions shape human impact on environment and our well-being.

I am a researcher in Natural Resource Management, specialized on social-ecological resilience. I use systems science and resilience thinking to improve our understanding of how complex, dynamic human-environment interactions drive environmental changes, adaptation to environmental change and our ability to protect nature. For this purpose, I have studied a diversity of social-ecological systems, i.e. systems consisting of an environmental component and its associated human actors and institutions. I also frequently test and develop new methodological approaches for resilience research. I am especially interested in finding local- and regional-scale solutions to today’s big sustainability challenges and developing deeper systems understanding on human-environment dynamics (social-ecological systems as complex adaptive systems).

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 researcher 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
  • Human-environment interactions / social-ecological systems
  • Environmental change and sustainability
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Social-ecological modelling
  • Network science

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), causal loop models (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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