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Paula Kivimaa

Senior Researcher


PhD, 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)

Policy analysis (energy policy, climate policy, innovation policy, transport policy)

Innovation studies (energy, mobility)


Research interests

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

Current projects

Intermediaries in the energy transition: The invisible work of creating markets for sustainable energy solutions (TRIPOD)

Eating and Energy Use Reconfigured (EE-TRANS)

Past 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)
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


Recent papers

Kivimaa, Paula, Boon, Wouter, Hyysalo, Sampsa and Klerkx, Laurens (2019) Towards a typology of intermediaries in sustainability transitions: a systematic review and a research agenda. Research Policy 48(4): 1062-1075.

Kivimaa, Paula, Hyysalo, Sampsa, Boon, Wouter, Klerkx, Laurens, Martiskainen, Mari and Schot, Johan (2019) Passing the baton: how intermediaries advance sustainability transitions in different phases. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions.

Hyysalo, Sampsa, Lukkarinen, Jani, Kivimaa, Paula, et al. (2019) Developing policy pathways: redesigning transition arenas for mid-range planning. Sustainability, 11 (3). 603 1-22.

Köhler, Jonathan, Geels, Frank W, Kern, Florian, et al. (2019) An agenda for sustainability transitions research: state of the art and future directions. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions.

Martiskainen, Mari and Kivimaa, Paula (2019) Role of knowledge and policies as drivers for low-energy housing: case studies from the United Kingdom. Journal of Cleaner Production, 215 (1). pp. 1402-141.

Heiskanen, Eva, Kivimaa, Paula and Lovio, Raimo (2019) Promoting sustainable energy: does institutional entrepreneurship help? Energy Research & Social Science, 50. pp. 179-190. ISSN 2214-6296

Brown, Donal, Sorrell, Steve and Kivimaa, Paula (2019) Worth the risk? An evaluation of alternative finance mechanisms for residential retrofit. Energy Policy, 128. pp. 418-430. ISSN 0301-4215

Published 2014-12-12 at 10:25, updated 2019-03-05 at 13:03