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:

AMPASE Dynamics of human-wasp cohabitance

Further information: Minna Santaoja

Climate University

Climate University (or more fully, Multidisciplinary digital learning in sustainability challenges – flexible study paths to the working life) is a collaboration project bringing together eleven Finnish universities to share education and scientific expertise. It explores possibilities for digitalization and open education to address urgent Climate Change and sustainability challenges.  

This project encompasses the development of courses on important aspects of Climate Change and sustainability at various levels, workshops for university teachers, and efforts to build a network for collaboration between schools and with working professionals. Funding for the project comes from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, and the participating educational institutions. 

Finland Futures Research Centre, alongside other collaborators from University of Turku, is participating in the development of two courses that will be offered through Climate University beginning in the later part of 2020:

Further information on Climate University: Anna Kirveennummi, Morgan Shaw & Sari Puustinen, Finland Futures Research Centre

https://blogs.helsinki.fi/climateuniversity/

See also: Puustinen, Sari & Kirveennummi, Anna (2019) Innovations in education for sustainable future” in Turku 7.5.2019.

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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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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People-Powered Future of Food (PPFF)

The goal of the People-Powered Future of Food project is to accelerate change in the food production chain through personalization of food, through empowerment and transparency for consumers and producers.

The project explores and develops understanding of current food personalization solutions and market conditions, and explores consumers' future needs, aspirations, fears, and consumption patterns - outlining new personalization concepts and business models.

The academic objective of the project is to develop research methods in futures research. In futures research, there is a need to develop consumer research alongside more traditional expert research. The project combines the perspectives of both consumer research and futures research. On the one hand, we chart trends in food consumption and changes in consumer behavior, and on the other hand, from the perspective of anticipation, we also work to develop solutions that meet the challenges of changing consumerism.

The research results will be applied in practice with the companies involved in the project: Invenire Market Intelligence Oy, Bullerobong Oy Ab, Oy Design Studio Muotohiomo Ab and Nemesys Ltd Oy Ab. Through business partnerships, we can apply forward-looking research to develop solutions and business opportunities for food personalization.

The project is funded by Tekes during 2017-2019.

Further information: Leena Jokinen and Riikka Saarimaa

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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STYLE projects' 'Towards Healthy Mobility' webinar 29.4.2020