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Senja Laakso published an article in February 2019.
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Kaisa Matschoss

28 shared publications

Centre for Consumer Society Research, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Michael Lettenmeier

14 shared publications

Research Group Sustainable Production and Consumption, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy GmbH, P.O. Box 10 04 80, Wuppertal 42004, Germany

Eva Heiskanen

11 shared publications

Centre for Consumer Society Research, University of Helsinki, University of Helsinki, 00014 Helsinki, Finland

Kristiina Aalto

3 shared publications

National Consumer Research Centre, P.O. Box 5, 00531 Helsinki, Finland

Satu Lähteenoja

3 shared publications

D-mat ltd., Purokatu 34, 15200 Lahti, Finland

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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Experiments in Everyday Mobility: Social Dynamics of Achieving a Sustainable Lifestyle Senja Laakso Published: 04 February 2019
Sociological Research Online, doi: 10.1177/1360780418823222
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Article 1 Read 3 Citations Adoption and Use of Low-Carbon Technologies: Lessons from 100 Finnish Pilot Studies, Field Experiments and Demonstration... Eva Heiskanen, Kaarina Hyvönen, Senja Susanna Laakso, Päivi ... Published: 18 May 2017
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su9050847
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Experimentation is critical for the deployment of low-carbon technologies. New solutions need to be selected and adapted to their contexts of use, and users need to learn new skills. Society as a whole needs to create new modes of production, consumption and governance. We investigated how local pilot projects, demonstrations and trials of low-carbon technologies promote learning in Finnish society, where the government has made a commitment to a culture of experimentation. We drew on a database of 100 pilot projects and experiments and 15 detailed case studies. We identified several types of learning, beyond the formal evaluation of “what works where and when”: pilot projects served to inspire, to create commitment and to develop networks. We also investigated how lessons learned are transferred to other sites and into societal knowledge. We contribute by conceptualizing different forms of learning and transfer—particularly situated and embodied forms—alongside more techno-scientific ones. While highlighting this form of learning, we also note that it is not particularly strong in acknowledging challenges faced in experimentation. We argue that there is scope for more systematic evaluation, alongside more situated forms of learning and sharing. We also pinpoint tensions between these two forms of learning that need to be addressed.
Article 1 Read 5 Citations Household-level transition methodology towards sustainable material footprints Senja Susanna Laakso, Michael Lettenmeier Published: 01 September 2016
Journal of Cleaner Production, doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.03.009
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Article 0 Reads 3 Citations Resource use of low-income households — Approach for defining a decent lifestyle? Michael Lettenmeier, Satu Lähteenoja, Tuuli Hirvilammi, Senj... Published: 01 May 2014
Science of The Total Environment, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.11.048
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Article 1 Read 4 Citations Studying Well-being and its Environmental Impacts: A Case Study of Minimum Income Receivers in Finland Tuuli Hirvilammi, Senja Susanna Laakso, Michael Lettenmeier,... Published: 01 February 2013
Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, doi: 10.1080/19452829.2012.747490
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Article 0 Reads 12 Citations Material Footprint of Low-Income Households in Finland—Consequences for the Sustainability Debate Michael Lettenmeier, Tuuli Hirvilammi, Senja Susanna Laakso,... Published: 29 June 2012
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su4071426
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The article assesses the material footprints of households living on a minimum amount of social benefits in Finland and discusses the consequences in terms of ecological and social sustainability. The data were collected using interviews and a questionnaire on the consumption patterns of 18 single households. The results are compared to a study on households with varying income levels, to average consumption patterns and to decent minimum reference budgets. The low-income households have lower material footprints than average and most of the material footprints are below the socially sustainable level of consumption, which is based on decent minimum reference budgets. However, the amount of resources used by most of the households studied here is still at least double that required for ecological sustainability. The simultaneous existence of both deprivation and overconsumption requires measures from both politicians and companies to make consumption sustainable. For example, both adequate housing and economic mobility need to be addressed. Measures to improve the social sustainability of low-income households should target reducing the material footprints of more affluent households. Furthermore, the concept of what constitutes a decent life should be understood more universally than on the basis of standards of material consumption.