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Paula Kivimaa

Senior Researcher

PhD (organisations and management)

Docent (sustainability management, Aalto University School of Business)

Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

Environmental Policy Centre, Governance Studies group



Tel. +358 (0)400 148849

Twitter @paulakivim


Research and project management focused on change in socio-technical systems (sustainability transitions)

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Research interests

Low carbon energy and mobility transitions
Policy analysis and evaluation linking to sustainability innovation and transitions
Role of intermediary organisations in transitions
Climate, energy, transport and innovation policy

Current projects

Start-up and co-creation communities as ecosystems for eco-innovations (SCINNO), 2014-2015 (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation Tekes)
COST Innovations in Climate Governance: Sources, Patterns and Effects (INOGOV), 2014-2018 (European Commission)
Renewal of manufacturing towards a sustainable circular bioeconomy and implications for innovation policy (RECIBI), 2015-2016 (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation Tekes)
Change in Business Ecosystems for Local Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency - Better Energy Services for Consumers (USE), 2015-2018 (Academy of Finland, New Energy Programme)

Recent projects

Future innovation and technology policy for sustainable system-level transitions: the case of transport (FIP-Trans), 2012-2014 (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation Tekes)


My publications in Google Scholar

Selected recent papers

Kivimaa, Paula (2014). Government-affiliated intermediary organisations as actors in system-level transitions. Research Policy, 43(8): 1370–1380.

Upham, Paul; Kivimaa, Paula; Mickwitz, Per; Åstrand Kerstin (2014). Climate policy innovation: a socio-technical transitions perspective. Environmental Politics, 23 (5), 774-794.

Huttunen, Suvi; Kivimaa, Paula; Virkamäki, Venla (2014). The need for policy coherence to trigger a transition to biogas production. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 12: 14-30.

Kivimaa, Paula; Virkamäki, Venla (2014). Policy Mixes, Policy Interplay and Low Carbon Transitions: The case of Passenger Transport in Finland. Environmental Policy and Governance, Volume 24, Issue 1, 28-41.

Published 2014-12-12 at 10:25, updated 2015-01-09 at 16:37