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Research Director, Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC)
Research Director, Dr, Adjunct Professor


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Areas of expertise

Research Director
Special areas
global and European research collaboration
foresight tools
integrated innovation research tools and methods
business foresight tools
international economics
sustainability analyses
knowledge management in organizations
technology foresight
examinations of higher education degrees in the field of foresight and innovation


Adjunct Professor, (Faculty of Sciences, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland), Research Director, Dr Jari Kaivo-oja is expert working in the fields of foresight, planning and management sciences and innovation research. His special fields are foresight methodologies in sustainability analyses, in international energy economics, innovation research and general societal development. He has special expertise in energy economics, innovation research, climate change analyses, international economics and security politics. He has research experience in strategic and participatory foresight processes in Europa and in international contexts (especially in Africa, in Middle East (The Middle East Foresight), in Black Sea Region (The Middle East Foresight and Black Sea Peace Building Foresight) and in Asia (4 years in the Lao PDR and Mekong River research program) and in Cuba (the IRIS project). He has worked in the European FP5-FP8 programs and in Horizon 2020 research programs in years 2000-2019. He has been an expert evaluator of EU´s Security and Energy Programmes. He has worked as a Finnish national co-ordinator in the COST A22 (Foresight methodologies) and as an expert member of the international think tank of European Sustainability Strategy Theme Network. He has worked for the European Foundations (Dublin, Ireland) and for the European Parliament (Brussels, Belgium), as well as for the Nordic Innovation Centre (NIC, Oslo, Norway). In Finland he has been researcher of the Academy of Finland, the VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland), the Finnish Technology and Innovation Fund TEKES and foresight expert of various line ministries. He has experience as scientific project evaluator in various Research Programs of the European Union. He has been a foresight expert blog writer of the SITRA (the Finnish Innovation Fund). He has been lecturing for the European Science Foundation, for the Russian Academy of Sciences and for Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). In 2011 he was visiting scholar at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA). He has been planning, writing and implementing 8 large EU Research projects. He is also acting Research Professor of Kazimiero Simonavičiaus University (KSU) in Vilnius, Lithuania in the project “the Platforms of Big Data Foresight” funded by the European Regional Development Fund., in 2018-2022. Currently he works with large data lakes and Big Data analyses and reports data-driven foresight analyses linking these analyses to Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) and Industry 4.0 analyses. He has been acting reviewer in 15 academic journals and worked as an examiner and an opponent of various academic PhD works. He is one of leading foresight and innovation research experts in the European Union.


My teaching is linked to Future Focus services and tailored foresight and innovation workshops. Co-operation with Futures Platform Ltd.


Futures studies, foresight research, innovation management, energy economics, energy policy, climate change, management, security policy research, planning sciences, digital futures, cyber-security, disruptive business models, VUCA foresight tools, change management tools, Big Data foresight analysis, Integrated data lake analyses


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