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Senja Laakso   Dr.  Other 
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Senja Laakso published an article in January 2018.
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Kristiina Aalto

61 shared publications

Department of Pediatrics, Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland

Eva Heiskanen

8 shared publications

Organization and Management Department, Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, P.O. Box 1210, 00101 Helsinki, Finland

Gary Goggins

5 shared publications

School of Geography and Archaeology; National University of Ireland; Galway Ireland

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Article 1 Read 1 Citation Designing Real-World Laboratories for the Reduction of Residential Energy Use: Articulating Theories of Change Eva Heiskanen, Senja Laakso, Kaisa Matschoss, Julia Backhaus... Published: 01 January 2018
GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, doi: 10.14512/gaia.27.s1.13
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Real-world laboratories (RwLs) hold potential for transdisciplinary research that considers the context of changing households’ energy practices. Taking into account stakeholders’ understandings of what would work where, how and why helps to recognize the contextual conditions for the transferability of RwL results.Reducing residential energy use and carbon dioxide emissions is a policy concern across Europe. One of the approaches to address this problem, real-world laboratories (RwLs), has recently gained prominence as a means to generate both sustainability change and social knowledge. Yet RwLs are context-bound, and transferability is an issue for scaling up change. Drawing on Realistic Evaluation (RE) and Theories of Change (ToC), this paper analyses researchers’ and practitioners’ views on the role of contexts and change mechanisms in the outcomes of interventions targeting residential energy use. The results show that extracting the underlying logic of RwL designs could help to identify where and when these designs are likely to be transferrable. This contribution has implications for the design of future RwLs, given that RwLs have until now rarely articulated their ToC.
Article 0 Reads 1 Citation Giving up cars – The impact of a mobility experiment on carbon emissions and everyday routines Senja Laakso Published: 01 December 2017
Journal of Cleaner Production, doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.03.035
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Article 0 Reads 5 Citations Dynamics of experimental governance: A meta-study of functions and uses of climate governance experiments Senja Laakso, Annukka Berg, Mikko Annala Published: 01 December 2017
Journal of Cleaner Production, doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.04.140
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Article 0 Reads 1 Citation Creating New Food Practices: A Case Study on Leftover Lunch Service Senja Laakso Published: 19 May 2017
Food, Culture & Society, doi: 10.1080/15528014.2017.1324655
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Article 0 Reads 2 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 0 Reads 4 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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