Sustainable Development Studies

Do you want to become an expert in sustainable development?

The aim is to offer students a thorough grounding in the principles of sustainable development and means to implement these principles in various contexts. The studies take into account the four dimensions of sustainable development: environmental, social, cultural and economic. The optional courses from different faculties of UTU provide deeper understanding of these different dimensions, whereas the mandatory course invites the students to apply these perspectives to a case analysis, and demonstrates how sustainability can only be achieved by developing collaborative expertise.

So, when applying to Sustainable Development Studies (which we call KEKO in Finnish), please be prepared to do research: in the mandatory course, you will work as a part of a team of students with various disciplinary backgrounds (max. 10 members) from September to April.

You will do joint research on sustainability-related issues around a given theme. During the year, the teams make 4 written analyses (ecological, social, economic and cultural sustainability) and one poster (integration of the four dimensions) on their case/theme. The work is facilitated by the teachers, but for substantial part of time, the teams will work in a self-organized manner, with rotating leadership – each students gets to lead the team at some point. Thus, in addition to sustainability-related understanding, the mandatory course provides the KEKO students with research and team working skills and develops their collaborative expertise in doing multidisciplinary case-studies.

Due to the intensive nature of the mandatory course, it may be unadvisable to do KEKO studies in the same year as when you do your Bachelor’s Thesis seminar. The intake for English speaking students is 10 students for a study year.


Application period for those studying KEKO in English was open 
26 April – 15 August, 2018.
The results of application will be launched in 29 August.

The evaluation of applications is based on the following criteria:

  • Sufficient motivation

  • Willingness and ability to work as a part of a self-organizing team

  • Previous studies or experience on sustainable development

  • In the case of equal admission points, the selection will be based on the grades pf previous studies


PLEASE NOTE that you must have a right to study in the University of Turku to be qualified to apply to KEKO. 


 Contact person:


Sari Puustinen
Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow
Turku School of Economics 
Finland Futures Research Centre


​Have a look
at the posters
of the core course
2017–18 final seminar:

​Examples of Sustainability Student
papers are published as part of

Coolest Student Papers

at Finland Futures Research
Centre's e-publications.


Sustainable Development
as a minor

Impressions and feelings
from the study year 2012–2013
by a student.

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