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Iida-Maria Koskela

MA (Education)

Finnish Environment Institute, Environmental Policy Centre, 
Behavioral Change Unit 

E-mail: iida-maria.koskela@ymparisto.fi
Tel: +358295252081

LinkedIn: Iida-Maria Koskela
Twitter: @KoskelaIida

Research and interests

  • Social learning
  • Sustainability and environmental education
  • Societal engagement
  • Science-policy-society dialogue
  • Inter- and transdisciplinary research
  • Environmental health
  • Health and wellbeing impacts of nature

Current work and projects

Currently, I work in projects that explore and experiment scalable solutions for just transitions towards sustainability.

In URGENT project (2019-2023), I study the potential of action-oriented sustainability education to increase young people’s sustainability agency and competencies as well as the opportunities that collaboration between schools and urban and regional planners may provide for social learning.

I plan and conduct interdisciplinary research and stakeholder engagement activities in EU projects HERA (2019-2021), which supports building a European mid-term research and innovation agenda for environment, health and climate nexus, and EKLIPSE (2016-2020), which develops knowledge and learning mechanisms for biodiversity and ecosystem services.  

In Nature Step towards Wellbeing project (2018-2019), we co-created with early childhood educators, food catering personnel and an interdisciplinary research team an operating model that supports day-care centres in building a sustainable culture, which promotes children’s health and wellbeing, learning, positive relationship to nature and food, and environmental responsibility.


Varumo, L. et al. (2020). Perspectives on citizen engagement for the EU post-2020 biodiversity strategy: an empirical study. Sustainability, 12(4). 

Koskela, I.-M. & Aulake, M. (2019). Luontoaskel hyvinvointiin -toimintamalli varhaiskasvatukseen

Koskela, I.-M. (2019). Learning and Sustainable Development – A Conceptual Review of International Literature on Education for Sustainable Development. Reports of the Finnish Environment Institute 32/2019.

Paloniemi, R. et al. (2019). Luonnosta ratkaisuja kaupunkisuunnittelun haasteisiin. Policy Brief 16/2019, Finnish Government’s analysis, assessment and research activities.

Koskela, I.-M. & Paloniemi, R. (2019). Lähiluonto lasten oppimisympäristönä (Blog text).

Varumo, L. et al. (2019). Multiple Scales, Multiple Approaches: Towards Meaningful Engagement in Europe. Knowledge and Learning Mechanism on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (EKLIPSE) Brief.  

Koskela, I.-M. & Vesanen, S. (2018). Koulujen lähimetsät kaupunkisuunnittelussa. In Laine, A., Elonheimo, M. & Kettunen, A. (Eds.) Loikkaa ulkoloikkaan – Opas ulkona opettamiseen (76-77). Helsinki: Plusprint Ulvila.

Published 2019-12-20 at 16:44, updated 2020-04-24 at 14:18

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