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Tutu e-julkaisut 2018
Eranti, Ashok Kumar & Kaskinen, Juha (editors)

Essays of the study course "Future Sustainable Energy Challenges"

FFRC eBOOK 1/2018, Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku.
87 p. ISBN 978-952-249-497-9, ISSN 1797-1322.

Of recent, energy education is acquiring importance in Indian higher education system. As a signatory to many international protocols on reducing carbon emissions, India is obligated to persue alternative sources of energy and awareness building among the masses to meet its global commitments. Once such initiative was undertaken in Solapur University, Maharashtra state, Western India, to introduce a course on “Future Sustainable Energy Challenges”, in collaboration with Finland Futures Research Centre (Turku School of Economics in University of Turku, Finland) under the financial assistance from the Finnish National Agency of Education.

The present book is a collection of essays developed by Master students as project work of their course in Energy Education. There are three essays presented in this book which provide glimpses on Renewable Energy Sources and their potential to meet energy needs of India in a sustainable manner. All the three essays are set in ‘Futures studies perspective‘ and have discussed at length the challenges and limitations through specific case studies on wind, solar, biofuel energy, in the context of India’s energy sector.


Riikka Saarimaa & Markku Wilenius (editors)

Futures of a Complex World - Proceedings of the Conference “Futures of a Complex World”, 12–13 June 2017, Turku, Finland

FFRC eBOOK 2/2018, Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku.
286 p. ISBN 978-952-249-499-3, ISSN 1797-1322.

”Futures of a Complex World” conference 2017 was a success by all standards. We got record amount of participants - 330 experts from 29 countries - with fascinating array of topics from future of agriculture to new modeling tools. This publication, based on papers presented in the conference, is a token of the fascinating variety of approaches we can adopt while penetrating the future with the tools of our research. As such, it also represents in a splendid way the complexity of our world, embedded with grand challenges as well as fascinating new developments. Complexity science itself proves us that we need particularly two capacities to thrive in the ever more complex world: on the one hand we need to build more resilience into our systems, on the other, we should create new capacities to transform, if necessary. Both aspects are well represented in the articles of this publications.

Nicolas A. Balcom Raleigh, Laura Pouru, Ellinoora Leino-Richert, Marjukka Parkkinen & Markku Wilenius

Imagining Complex Futures of Human Settlements at Finland Futures Academy Summer School 2017

FFRC eBOOK 3/2018, Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku.
72 p. ISBN 978-952-249-502-0, ISSN 1797-1322.

This report presents an instance of Futures Literacy Laboratory (FLL) held for the Finland Futures Academy Summer School on the topic of “complex futures of human settlement in 2050” held in June 2017 at University of Turku. The Futures Literacy Laboratory approach was developed by Riel Miller and UNESCO through a series of instances held around the world starting in 2012. In essence, an FLL aims at increasing futures literacy by increasing awareness of anticipatory assumptions and ‘how the future is used’ in the present. This report describes the theoretical background, pedagogical design, practical implementation, and outcomes of this Summer 2017 FLL. It concludes with lessons learns and suggestions for future applications of FLL.


Juha Kaskinen & Marjukka Parkkinen

Tutu e-julkaisuja 4/2018, Tulevaisuuden tutkimuskeskus, Turun yliopisto.
34 s. ISBN 978-952-249-503-7, ISSN 1797-1322 

TRY OUT! on Euroopan aluekehitysrahaston rahoittama ja 6Aika-yhteistyöstrategian alla toteutettava hanke, jonka kumppaneina ovat Turun ammattikorkeakoulu, Turun yliopisto, Helsingin yliopisto, Uudenmaan liitto ja Demos Helsinki. Hankkeessa on rakennettu kokeilukulttuuriin ja yhteiskehittämiseen perustuvat innovaatioalustoja Helsinkiin ja Turkuun. Alustojen rakentamisessa kiinnitetään erityistä huomiota kehitetyn mallin levitettävyyteen ja hyödynnettävyyteen muissa 6Aika-kaupungeissa. Projektia rahoittaa Kestävää kasvua ja työtä 2014–2020, Suomen rakennerahasto-ohjelma.

Hankeen osana Tulevaisuuden tutkimuskeskus toteutti tulevaisuusprosessin, jonka avulla etsittiin kiertotalouteen liittyviä tekijöitä, hahmoteltiin vaihtoehtoisia skenaarioita ja konstruoitiin tiekarttoja toivotun tulevaisuuden toteuttamiseksi. Niiden tehtävänä on auttaa innovaatioprosesseja ja muutenkin antaa aineksia kiertotalouskeskusteluun. 

Ana Maria Jones & Markku Wilenius

Scaled-Up Perspectives in Urban Green for Human-Centered and Livable Urban Cores

FFRC eBOOK 5/2018, Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku.
62 p. ISBN 978-952-249-504-4 (print), ISBN 978-952-249-506-8 (pdf), ISSN 1797-1322.
This report has been prepared in the frame of the Green-In-TURKU Project; Towards a Greener Urban Future: Investigating Innovative Solutions to Increase Livability in the Inner City-Perspectives for the City of Turku to provide Turku’s city officials with a state-of-the-art update on global greening strategies across European cities and abroad. The report introduces fresh perspectives for how cities are promoting the value in green capital to find solutions to local challenges and it is the first of three reports scheduled for this project. A second report A Study of Green And Open Spaces in Turku has been prepared as part of an in-depth investigation of Turku’s urban structure including past and present developments in the green front, and it will be integrated into the project’s final report and spatial analysis with recommendations for increasing urban vibrancy and livability in the city center of Turku.