Sanna Ahvenharju profile picture
Doctoral Student, Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC)
Project Specialist, Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC)
M. Soc.Sc.


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Areas of expertise

Futures consciousness
Futures research
Environmental & Natural resource policy
Sustainable consumption policy
Sustainable development
Innovation policy
Municipal environmental management
Sustainable transport and mobility
Policy and strategy development
Project management
Facilitation methods
Public participation & Communications;


Sanna begun her PhD in 2014 on the future images of the decision makers as enablers of sustainable development. 

From the time before her PhD project, 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. 


Current responsibilities:

Lectures on futures learning with the help of futures consciousness and using futures consciousness scale.  Supervising masters students.

Other topics:

Sustainable consumption, sustainable development, policy 


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 consciousness, 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.


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