Helena Valve

PhD, Senior researcher


Docent in Environmental Policy and Technology Studies, University of Helsinki

Phone: +358-400148858

Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
System transformation
Postal address: Latokartanonkaari 11
FI-00790 Helsinki,

Dr Helena Valve is a social scientist with a long experience in environmental policy research. Her work draws from human geography, policy studies and science and technology studies (STS). In her recent papers, she analyzes critically circular economy and water protection policies and policymaking. She takes also actively part in generation of policy support and testing of new means of knowledge coproduction.

Research interests

  • Definition of liabilities in environmental governance
  • Practicing of power in environmental policy processes
  • Economization of waste and side-flows
  • Performativity of research methods

Key focus areas

  • Circular economy; nutrient recycling, economization of plastic waste
  • Water and marine protection
  • Agri-environmental policies

Recent scientific publications

Valve, H. & Salminen, J. 2022. ‘I don’t fertilise quite like that’: Mediating and distancing capacities of nutrient records at Finnish farms. Journal of Rural Studies 95: 58–66, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2022.07.026.

Valve, H., Lazarevic, D. & Pitzén S. 2022. The co-evolution of policy realities and environmental liabilities: Analysing the ontological work of policy documents. Geoforum 128: 68–77, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2021.12.005

Thorsøe, M.H., Andersen, M.S., Brady, M.V., Graversgaard, M., Kilis, E., Pedersen, A.B., Pitzén, S., & Valve, H. 2022. Promise and performance of agricultural nutrient management policy: Lessons from the Baltic Sea. Ambio, 51(1): 36–50, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-021-01549-3

Humalisto, N., Valve, H. & Åkerman, M. 2021. Making the circular economy online: a hyperlink analysis of the articulation of nutrient recycling in Finland, Environmental Politics 30 (5), 833-853. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09644016.2020.1817291 

Valve, H., Lazarevic, D., & Humalisto, N. 2021. When the circular economy diverges: The co-evolution of biogas business models and material circuits in Finland. Ecological Economics 185, 107025, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2021.107025.

Valve, H., Ekholm, P., & Luostarinen S. 2020. The circular nutrient economy: needs and potentials for nutrient recycling. In Handbook of the Circular Economy ed. by Brandão, M., Lazarevic, D., Finnveden, G. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. Pp. 358–368. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335389955_The_circular_nutrient_economy_needs_and_potentials_of_nutrient_recycling

Lazarevic, D. & Valve, H. 2020. Niche politics: Biogas, technological flexibility and the economisation of resource recovery. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 35: 45–59, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2020.01.016


Published 2013-05-07 at 14:14, updated 2022-08-23 at 10:25

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