Helena Valve

Leading researcher 

Docent in Environmental Policy and Technology Studies, University of Helsinki


Contact information

Phone: +358-40014885

Finnish Environment Institute (Syke) / 
Circular economy solutions
Postal address: Latonkartanonkaari 11  
FI-00790 Helsinki, Finland

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 co-production.

Research interests

  • Definition of liabilities in environmental governance
  • Practicing of power in environmental policy processes
  • Economization of waste and side-flows
  • Transition management and governance

Key focus areas

  • Nutrient recycling, reorganisation of fertiliser markets
  • Making of the new plastic economy
  • Ecosystem restoration 
  • Water and marine protection policies

Recent scientific publications

Valve, H., Lazarevic, D., Hyysalo, S., Lukkarinen, J., Marttila, T. 2023. The interrupting capacities of knowledge co-production experiments: A sociology of testing approach. Environmental Science & Policy 147: 255–264. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2023.06.019 

Iho A., Valve H., Ekholm P., Uusitalo R., Lehtoranta J., Soinne H., Salminen J. 2023. Efficient protection of the Baltic Sea needs a revision of phosphorus metric. Ambio 2: 1389–1399. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-023-01851-2

Andersen, M.S., Andersson, A., Brady, M., Graversgaard, M., Kilis, E., Pedersen, A.B., Hvarregaard Thorsøe, M., Valve, H. 2023. The Helsinki Convention’s agricultural nutrient governance: how domestic institutions matter, Journal of Baltic Studies, 54(3): 443–466. https://doi.org/10.1080/01629778.2022.2155202

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://doi.org/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 2023-10-01 at 14:04

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