Distribution of Articles published per year
(2014 - 2018)
(2014 - 2018)
Total number of journals
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Cities in Sustainability Transitions: Comparing Helsinki and Istanbul Published: 03 May 2018
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su10051421
Systemic sustainability transitions are manifested as the needed scope to meet sustainability challenges at the local and global scales. While sustainability transitions are ubiquitous, each transition is nested in a specific spatial context. Especially, due to accelerating urbanization, cities are increasingly important agents, but they are also understudied geographical loci of change. Urban transitions are interesting because they operate at both the national and global scales, concentrating people, wealth, and resources. They have both regime and niche elements, as they act as an incubation space for novel experiments, ideas, and alternative social movements. Thus, this paper aims to improve understanding of the geographical context and spatial scales from a multilevel perspective and develop a framework for analytic comparison. Furthermore, the paper draws insights from two empirical cases, namely the cities of Helsinki and Istanbul. Consequently, opportunities and challenges for instigating context-specific sustainability transitions can be identified.
Article 1 Read 0 Citations The need for policy to address the food system lock-in: A case study of the Finnish context Published: 01 January 2017
Journal of Cleaner Production, doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.06.171
Article 0 Reads 2 Citations Modelling the effluent quality based on a real-time optical monitoring of the wastewater treatment process Published: 18 May 2016
Environmental Technology, doi: 10.1080/09593330.2016.1181674
A novel optical monitoring device was used for imaging an activated sludge process in situ during a period of over one year. In this study, the dependencies between the results of image analysis and the process measurements were studied, and the optical monitoring results were utilized to predict the important quality parameters for the wastewater treatment process efficiency: suspended solids, biological oxygen demand, chemical oxygen demand, total nitrogen and total phosphorous in biologically treated wastewater. The optimal subsets of variables for each model were searched using five variable selection methods. It was shown that online optical analysis results have clear dependencies on some process variables and the purification result. The model based on optical monitoring and process variables from the early stage of the treatment process can be used to predict the levels of important quality parameters, and to show the quality of the biologically treated wastewater hours in advance. This study confirms that the optical monitoring method is a valuable tool for monitoring a wastewater treatment process and receiving new information in real time. Combined with predictive modelling, it has the potential to be used in process control, keeping the process in a stable operating condition and avoiding environmental risks.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations System Merits or Failures? Policies for Transition to Sustainable P and N Systems in The Netherlands and Finland Published: 11 May 2016
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su8050463
Nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) cycles are absolutely vital in maintaining sustainable food systems. Human activities disturb the natural balance of these cycles by creating enormous additional nutrient fluxes, causing eutrophication of waterways and pollution in land systems. To tackle this problem, sustainable nutrient management is required. This paper addresses sustainable nutrient management in two countries: The Netherlands and Finland. We adopt a critical perspective on resource politics, especially towards opportunistic policy strategies for the pollutant management of N and P. Two research questions are considered. First, what are the key systemic and policy failures that occurred in the N and P systems in the Netherlands and Finland between 1970 and 2015? And second, which lessons can be drawn when addressing the policy responses in the two countries to cope with these failures? The cases are analyzed within Weber and Rohracher’s framework that addresses “failures” preventing sustainable transitions. The results show that a number of failures occurred, besides market failures (over-exploitation of the commons, externalization of costs): lack of directionality, policy coordination, institutions, capabilities, infrastructure, demand articulation, and reflexivity. Policy responses in both countries resulted in ponderous policy frameworks that were adequate to tackle nutrient problems from the industrial sector and municipalities. However, both countries provided only a moderate response in terms of system-wide integrated policy frameworks to cope with sectoral-transcending issues. The agricultural use of N and P, in contrast to detergents, has not been subjected to strong regulatory measures.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Institutional Work in Translation of Human Relations and Scientific Management in Finland 1917–1979 Published: 01 January 2015
Academy of Management Proceedings, doi: 10.5465/ambpp.2015.17842abstract
This paper examines institutional work on national level translation of management ideas. We studied institutional work in translation of Human Relations and Scientific Management in Finland 1917–1979. We examined Finnish government platforms (n=61), management magazines from the years 1917–1979 (n=177) and the histories of labour unions. Our study indicates the importance of political institutional work and shows that strong political work on one management model prevents the institutionalization of other models, and hence illustrates the importance of political work in both creation and maintenance phases of the institutionalization of a management model. It also seems that in the Finnish case the ‘theorisation’ of Human Relations was not clear or internationally grounded, unlike in the case of Scientific Management, and this in part resulted in the weak institutionalization of Human Relations. We believe that a joint examination of the concepts of translation and institutional work enable us to further understand why a certain idea is adopted in a particular way in a particular context. The study also contributes to the understanding of mimicry, which uses existing patterns of action – in this case, rationalization – in order to articulate and legitimize new model of management; and relabeling, as the ideas of Human Relations were often introduced in the language of Scientific Management. Key words: institutional work; translation, Scandinavian Institutionalism, Human Relations, Scientific Management, Finland.
Article 2 Reads 1 Citation The growth and the stagnation of work stress Published: 21 March 2014
History of the Human Sciences, doi: 10.1177/0952695114525168