YHYS Colloquium – Call for papers: renewable energy, experiments and interventions


Are you researching energy-related issues e.g. regulation, support policies, energy democracy, citizen energy, or energy politics more widely? Or are you working with experiments and interventions in environmental social science? If yes, the 23th annual colloquium of the Finnish Society for Environmental Social Sciences has something special for you!

We have the pleasure to invite you to a workshop over struggles in renewable energy as well as to a collective reflection on experiments and interventions. The workshops take place at the colloquium under the theme Naturecultures:

NATURECULTURES  – Finnish Society for Environmental Social Sciences YHYS Colloquium November 22–23, 2018
VENUE: University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Lapland, Sápmi, Finland
PROGRAMME: Keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops and a pre-conference early career researcher meeting
WHAT TO DO NEXT: Send short proposals by September 3, 2018 – read more below

Workshop: Struggle over Renewable Energy

Energy is the lifeblood of economic activity and social welfare, while simultaneously being at the core of many of the most significant environmental problems. Stronger policy actions have been demanded in order to move the world onto a more sustainable energy path. Without doubt, this will not happen without rigorous resistance of those in the most powerful positions of current energy-related structures. Concerning renewable energy, solar and wind power have gained the biggest investments globally, Denmark and Germany, for instance, being massive investors. In Finland, while in recent years the operational environment has altered and the energy sector have gone through some significant changes, such as implementation of feed-in tariff in 2011 and wind power production being at the verge of becoming market competitive without subsidies, the power wielding in the sector seems to have changed little. For instance, the supported industrial scale production has kept citizen and community energy in the margins.

This workshop examines whether the ongoing changes have meant a redistribution of power in the energy sector or do the old power structures still persist. The session is structured as a workshop with no conventional presentations, but 5 minute pitch talk/presenter and a facilitated joint discussion. We invite researchers from multiple fields (academics from projects and incentives from Finland and around the world) to submit discussion papers as a preliminary material for attendees. We welcome papers dealing with various energy-related issues e.g. regulation, support policies, energy democracy and citizen energy, as well as papers operating with a more extensive perspective on the complex totality of energy politics.

Please send short (max 200 words) proposals by September 3, 2018 to Session Conveners:

Tapio Litmanen, tapio.litmanen (@jyu.fi), University of Jyväskylä
Miikka Salo, miikka.o.salo (@jyu.fi), University of Jyväskylä
Riikka Aro riikka.aro (@jyu.fi), University of Jyväskylä

Workshop: Collective reflection on experiments, experimentation and interventions in environmental social science

Experiments and interventions are being increasingly called upon to test and invent solutions to sustainability problems. They are encouraged as dynamic means to develop new technologies, practices, institutional designs or governance arrangements, but also to invite new actors to their invention. Experimental designs have a long tradition in laboratory sciences. In social sciences action research has applied interventions as a means to address wicked social problems. Lately, in transition studies experiments have been highlighted as an engine for sustainability transitions. Science and Technology Studies remind that experimentation should keep as attentive for new imaginaries. All these various methodological approaches evoke rather different imaginaries for experiments, interventions and their outcomes.

In this working group we want to encourage discussion on the varying uses, motives and outcomes of experiments and interventions in environmental social science. We invite reflections on 1) varying experimental settings, tools, methods and concepts; 2) their different societal outcomes; 3) experiments and interventions as means to mobilize and create new imaginaries and collectives; 4) the changing role of research/ers in experimental settings and in interventions; 5) ethics of experimentation and intervention research.

The working group is organized around reflective talks followed by a collective discussion. Each participant is welcomed to give a reflection on their uses and outcomes of experiments, experimental research or interventions. The reflections can be based upon practical experience or theoretical elaborations. Creative ways to give the talk are welcome. We devote most of the time in the working group to joint discussions.

Please send short synopsis of your argument (max 250 words) to the conveners by September 3, 2018. We aim to compile a commentary on the joint discussion to the versuslehti.fi.

Session Conveners:
Maija Faehnle (@ymparisto.fi), University of Tampere, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
Juha Hiedanpää (@luke.fi), Natural Resource Institute, Luke
Minna Kaljonen (@ymparisto.fi), Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
Helena Leino (@uta.fi), University of Tampere
Taru Peltola (@ymparisto.fi), Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

Check out the other workshops and read more on the YHYS Colloqvium website.

COREvents #2: Using collaborative knowledge practices in environmental planning and decision-making


How is trust in expertise generated and lost in environmental policy? How to overcome challenges in democratising environmental expertise? Why is joint fact-finding useful in complex planning and decision-making processes and how to apply it in practice?

The second COREvent explores the potential of inclusive knowledge practices to bridge the gap between science and environmental policy making and create a shared knowledge base that different actors consider relevant and reliable.

Three leading scholars, Prof. Susan Owens (Cambridge University, UK), Prof. Esther Turnhout (Wageningen University, the Netherlands) and Prof. Masahiro Matsuura (Meiji University, Japan) will share their insights on the ways to improve science-policy interface and broaden knowledge communities in environmental planning and policy-making context. You are warmly welcome to join the event!

Date: 4 September, 2018, 15:00-18:00

Place: Auditorium Laulujoutsen, 1st floor, The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Mechelininkatu 34a, Helsinki


Prof. Susan Owens: Trust in Expertise for Environmental Policy

Prof. Esther Turnhout: Democratising environmental expertise: challenges and opportunities at the science-policy-society interface

Prof Masahiro Matsuura: Linking contested expert knowledge to collaborative governance: joint fact-finding

Susan Owens is Emeritus Professor of Environment and Policy and Fellow Emerita of Newnham College, University of Cambridge. She has researched and published widely in the field of environmental governance. Her current projects are concerned with relations between science and politics, and with the role of argument, evidence, ideas and advice in policy formation and change. She has also worked extensively on interpretations of sustainable development in theory and practice, and has theorised connections between environmental planning conflicts (especially those concerned with contentious technologies and infrastructures) and developments in wider domains of public policy.

Esther Turnhout is Full Professor at the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Her research program The Politics of Environmental Knowledge includes research into the different roles experts play at the science policy interface, the political implications of policy relevant knowledge, and the participation of citizens in environmental knowledge making, also known as citizen science. Current research focuses on the UN Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), wildlife management and invasive species, auditing practices in forest management and the production of transparency and traceability in global value chains.

Masahiro Matsuura is Professor at the Graduate School of Governance Studies, Meiji University, Japan. He is also the head of Democracy Design Lab, a non-profit organization for promoting democratic engagements in Japan, and one of the co-founders of Consensus Building in Asia, a network of practitioners and scholars interested in collaborative processes in Asia. His research interests include the theory and practice of consensus building, negotiation and deliberative democracy in the urban and environmental planning sectors.

No registration is needed. If you are on Facebook, you can pick the event to your Facebook calendar.

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COREvents is a series of open discussions, lectures and workshops organised by CORE project, funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland. CORE explores the potential of collaborative approaches to environmental planning and decision-making, with the mission to facilitate a collaborative turn in Finland.

COREvents #1 provided international insights in why collaboration and conflict resolution is needed and what makes it work. See the video here!

COREvents #1: Collaboration and conflict resolution in environmental decision-making – why is it needed and what makes it work?


How could today’s complex and controversial problems such as those related to land use, energy or use of natural resources be solved wisely and fairly?

In this first COREvent, two world class experts on collaboration, prof. Pieter Glasbergen (Netherlands) and prof. Michael Brown (Canada), will share their knowledge on how good results have been achieved by adoption of specific collaborative approaches to planning and decision-making.

In Finland, the potential of such approaches is underused. What could we learn from international practice? Welcome to get inspired by the lectures and join the discussion! 

Date: 29 May, 2018, 13:00-16:00

Place: The Swedish School of Economics (Hanken), Auditorium Futurum, Arkadiankatu 22, Helsinki


Prof. Michael Brown, Consensus Building Institute: Mediation and Collaborative Dialogue: Tools to Address Natural Resource Disputes

Prof. Pieter Glasbergen, Utrecht University and the Netherlands Open University: Foundations of the Partnership Paradigm and Beyond


Michael Brown is Director of the Consensus Building Institute’s Canada Practice, Professor of Practice in Natural Resource Conflict Mediation at McGill University, and former Senior Mediation Expert in Natural Resource and Land Conflicts for the United Nations Standby Mediation Team. For more than 25 years, he has worked on conflict prevention, mediation, and stakeholder engagement regarding natural resources, land, environmental issues, and matters involving local or indigenous communities. He works on projects and disputes, institutional capacity, systems design, and policy. He has lived and worked internationally for many years, and held numerous leadership and senior advisory positions with the United Nations and other international organizations. His work is focused largely on international and Canadian projects.

Pieter Glasbergen is emeritus Professor of Environmental Studies; Policy and Management at Utrecht University and the Netherlands Open University. Since 2011 he is honorary professor Governance for Sustainable Development at Maastricht University. His research focus is on governance for sustainable development. The articles, reports, and books that he published include both theoretical studies on policy and governance and applied policy research. His main research is on global cross-sector partnerships for sustainable development. He was the first professor of environmental policy in the Netherlands. He chairs the Maastricht-Utrecht-Nijmegen Program on Partnerships (www.munpop.nl) and is the founder of several teaching programmes and research program Governance for Sustainable Development at Utrecht University. Besides academic positions he has experience as a council member and vice-mayor in the city of Culemborg.

No registration is needed. If you are on Facebook, you can pick the event to your Facebook calendar.


You can also follow the event online and see the video afterwards here.

Join the discussion in social media:


COREvents is a series of open discussions, lectures and workshops organised by CORE project, funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland. CORE explores the potential of collaborative approaches to environmental planning and decision-making, with the mission to facilitate a collaborative turn in Finland.

Kokeiluaamukahvit – Demokratiakiihdyttämö arvioinnin apuna


Demokratian parantamiseksi on meneillään ja suunnitteilla kokeiluja eri aluetasoilla. Millainen arviointi palvelisi näiden kokeilujen hyödyntämistä mahdollisimman laajasti? Miten demokratiakokeiluja yhteen kokoava alusta voisi palvella kokeilujen arviointia ja siitä oppimista?

Suomen Akatemian Strategisen Tutkimuksen Neuvoston (STN) hanke BIBU (Tackling Biases and Bubbles of Participation) on valmistelemassa demokratiakokeilujen alustaksi sekä demokratian kehittämisestä kiinnostuneiden ihmisten yhteisöksi Demokratiakiihdyttämöä. Kiihdyttämössä tehdään kokeiluja, ne dokumentoidaan verkkoalustalle ja niitä pyritään levittämään ja skaalaamaan sekä alustan että erilaisten tapahtumien kautta.

Tule kuulemaan lisää Demokratiakiihdyttämöstä ja sparraamaan kehitystyötä kokeilujen arvioinnin näkökulmasta!

Aika: 7.6.2018, klo 8.30-10.00

Paikka: Valtimo, Kirkkokatu 14, Helsinki

Ohjelman järjestävät STN-hankkeet BIBU, CORE ja PALO.

Alustajina toimivat Julia Jousilahti (Demos Helsinki, BIBU-hanke), Maija Faehnle (Suomen ympäristökeskus & Tampereen yliopisto, CORE-hanke), sekä Maija Jäske (Turun yliopisto, PALO-hanke). Kommentaattorina toimii Varkauden kaupungin osallisuuskoordinaattori Vuokko Jaakkola.

Ilmoittaudu mukaan tästä. Jos olet Facebookissa, tästä voit poimia tapahtuman kalenteriisi myös siellä.

Tilaisuutta voi seurata myös etänä. Katso tiedot etäosallistumisesta Kokeilevan Suomen sivulta.

Kestävän talouden transition yhteiskunnalliset haasteet ja ratkaisut


Mitä yhteiskunnallisia, poliittisia ja toiminnallisia haasteita Suomella ja Euroopalla on edessään ympäristön suurten muutosten sekä vihreän talouden transitioiden kehittämisessä? Miten yhteistoiminnallisuus ja osallisuus voisivat parantaa ympäristöä ja luonnonvaroja koskevaa päätöksentekoa ja ohjausta? Mitä mahdollisuuksia tarjoavat uudet liiketoimintamuodot? Mitä ovat näiden muutosten kulttuuriset ulottuvuudet?

Tervetuloa 11.6.2018 mukaan Itä-Suomen yliopiston Ympäristö & Yhteiskunta -tutkimuspäivään keskustelemaan näistä kysymksistä ja tapaamaan tutkijoita. 

Puhujina mm. CORE-hankkeessakin toimivat professorit Lasse Peltonen, Rauno Sairinen ja Ismo Pölönen sekä tutkijatohtori Tuula Teräväinen.

Päivän päättää professori Tapio Määtän vetämä paneelikeskustelu otsikolla: Mitä ovat kestävän talouden transition yhteiskunnalliset haasteet ja miten tutkimus voi vastata niihin? Paneelissa äänessä ovat tutkijoiden lisäksi äänessä kansanedustaja Krista Mikkonen ja Sitran neuvonantaja Jukka Noponen. 

Lue lisää ja ilmoittaudu 31.5. mennessä mukaan täältä.

Tilaisuuden järjestää Itä-Suomen yliopistossa toimiva yhteiskunnallisen ja kulttuurisen ympäristö- ja luonnonvaratutkimuksen verkosto, LYY-Instituutti (luonnonvarat, ympäristö & yhteiskunta). Instituutin puitteissa tehdään monialaisesti tutkimusta tämän päivän ja tulevaisuutemme globaaleista ja paikallisista ympäristö- ja luonnonvarahaasteista.