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Sanna Ahvenharju
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M.Soc.Sc.
Doctoral Candidate

 

sanna.ahvenharju(a)utu.fi
tel. +358 50 320 1149

 

 

 

 

Sanna's research interests cover sustainable development, sustainable consumption policy and future consciousness. Her PhD project focuses on Finnish decision makers’ future consciousness, images of the future and their understanding of sustainable development. The aim is to develop ways to research future cosnciousness, measure it and analyse how it is represented in interviews with decision makers. In addition, the project studies how conscious the decision makers are of the challenges related to sustainable consumption and how do they understand these challenges.

Before starting her PhD in 2014, Sanna has over 20 years of experience in sustainable development policy and governance. As a consultant she has been responsible for leading complex projects related to sustainable development and innovation policy and assessment processes that were commissioned by the government, ministries or state agencies. She has also worked in NGOs with municipal level sustainability policies in Finland, Germany and Lithuania. Her skills are especially in project management, strategic development and facilitation of participatory processes.

Core competencies:

  • Sustainable development
  • Sustainable consumption
  • Environmental policy + policy instruments
  • Futures consciousness
  • Project management
  • Strategy development
  • Facilitation

Recent presentations on PhD project

Selected publications in English

  • Ahvenharju, S., Lalot, F., Minkkinen, M., & Quiamzade, A. (under review). Bringing psychological perspective to the five dimensions of Futures Consciousness.
  • Lalot, F., Ahvenharju, S., Minkkinen, M., & Wensing, E. (under review). Aware of the future? Development and validation of the Futures Consciousness Scale.
  • Ahvenharju, Sanna (under review) Potential for a radical policy-shift? Testing the acceptability of strong sustainable consumption governance policy among Finnish regime representatives.
  • Ahvenharju, S., Minkkinen, M., & Lalot, F. (2018). The five dimensions of futures consciousness, Futures.
  • Prokhorova, E; Ahvenharju, S; Lunabba, J; Tiainen, H; Kotilainen, J; Rinne, P; Hutter, J (2013) Towards responsible mining in Central Asia. Mining Legislation and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan.
  • Prokhorova, E; Ahvenharju, S; Lunabba, J; Tiainen, H; Kotilainen, J; Rinne, P; Hutter, J (2013) Towards responsible mining in Central Asia. Mining Legislation and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan.
  • Ahvenharju Sanna, Gilbert Ylva, Illman Julia, Lunabba Johan, Vehviläinen Iivo (2011) “The role of the insurance industry in environmental policy in the Nordic countries”, Nordic Innovation publication 2011:02.
  • Ahvenharju, S., Halonen, M. & Rinne, P. (2010) Analysis of the status of implementation of the Baltic Sea Action Plan for WWF. Gaia Consulting Oy.
  • Hjelt, Ahvenharju, Halonen & Syrjänen (2005) Policy Integration: The Case of Sustainable Development in Finland, Chapter 8 in OECD report Governance of Innovation Systems, Volume 3: Case Studies in Cross-sectoral Policy. Proceedings of the MONIT project.
  • Ahvenharju, S. (ed.) (2004) Operationalising Sustainable Transport and Mobility: The System Diagram and Indicators. Deliverable 3 of Sustainable Mobility, policy Measures and Assessment (SUMMA) project funded by European Commission DG TREN.
  • Bickel, P. (ed.) (2003) Setting the Context for Defining Sustainable Transport and Mobility. Deliverable 2 of SUstainable Mobility, policy Measures and Assessment (SUMMA) project funded by European Commission DG TREN.
  • Ahvenharju, S. (ed.) (2001) Good Practice Review, Local Agenda 21: Invest in Your City. Union of the Baltic Cities.
  • Ahvenharju, S. (1996) Learning New Skills, Finnish Municipalities Towards Sustainability – 21 case studies. The Association of Finnish Local Authorities and the Ministry of Environment, Finland.
 
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