Finland Futures Research Centre participates in long-term research and development to promote everyday sustainability. In our research, we focus especially on the sustainability of everyday activities of an individual. We analyse and support change toward sustainable everyday choices. In addition, we develop multidisciplinary joint competencies that support sustainable lifestyles, for example by, involving citizens and organizations in various processes that promote sustainable everyday life.

Our recent research projects have focused particularly on sustainable food consumption and climate-friendly energy. We also study bioeconomy, human-ecosystem relationship, sustainable mobility and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Systemic understanding and people's experiences of everyday life, lifestyle changes and their futures are important in understanding and enabling transitions towards sustainable everyday life. As methods, we use, e.g., futures workshops, scenario and Delphi processes, various methods for identifying weak signals and ethnographic methods.

Ongoing Research and Development Projects:

Healthy lifestyles to boost sustainable growth (STYLE)

STYLE Project is working to make Finland a forerunner in Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) while promoting sustainable growth.

Our Mission is to make Finland a forerunner in the lifestyles of health and sustainability while promoting sustainable growth. Our Vision 2030: Physical activity in Finland will be increased in a way that increases the modal share of bicycling and walking and other soft modes to 38% by 2030, simultaneously generating new business.

STYLE project is funded by Academy of Finland's Strategic Research Council during the years 2019-2023 (3+2 years).

Consortium:

  • Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku [coordinator]
  • Dept. of Marketing and International Business, Turku School of Economics
  • Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
  • Research Centre for Health Promotion (RCHP), University of Jyväskylä
  • UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

Project website: www.styleproject.fi

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Further information:

Professor Petri Tapio, Consortium Leader and Principal Investigator, petri.tapio(a)utu.fi
Research Manager Ira Ahokas, Interaction Coordinator, ira.ahokas(a)utu.fi

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Real Estate and Sustainable Crisis Management in Urban Environments (RESCUE)

Real Estate and Sustainable Crisis Management in Urban Environments (RESCUE) is a multidisciplinary study funded by the Academy of Finland for 2020–2023.

The research project aims to promote the dynamic resilience and crisis preparedness of societies by concretising the role of real estate in both anticipated and unanticipated crises, at local and global scales.

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Further information: Professor Emerita Sirkka Heinonen

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Transborder Cooperation for Circular Soilless Farming Systems (TransFarm)

TransFarm project aims to increase the adoption of circular soilless farming for urban farmers.

The project is funded by EUs Interreg Central Baltic programme. 

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Further information: Veijo Pönni, Finland Futures Research Centre

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Winning spatial solutions for future work, enabling the double twin transition of digital/green and virtual/physical transforming our societies by 2035 (T-Winning Spaces 2035)

This study brings together a unique team of researchers and methods from fields of spatial and land use planning, housing design, architecture, facility management, urban physics and environmental health, real estate, and futures studies.

We will present a novel understanding on how different work settings, including homes, workplaces and third places contribute directly and indirectly to social and environmental impacts. Concrete spatial solutions for different types of organizations and individuals will be provided. Key elements for optimization of corporate workplace strategies will be identified. 

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Research partners:

  • Aalto University, coordinator
  • Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku and
  • Tampere University (with two departments)

Funding: Academy of Finland in the Call for Special RRF funding for research on key areas of green and digital transition, 1.1.2023–31.12.2025

Research team: Juha Kaskinen (PI), Sirkka Heinonen, Juho Ruotsalainen, Mikkel Stein Knudsen, Amos Taylor & Joni Karjalainen.

Further information: Sirkka Heinonen

STYLE projects' 'Towards Healthy Mobility' webinar 29.4.2020