Paula Kivimaa

Research Professor, Climate and Society

PhD, Docent
Academy of Finland Research Fellow


Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
Climate Change Programme

Tel. +358 (0)400 148849
Twitter @paulakivim


Since August 2019, I have acted as a Research Professor in SYKE’s Climate Change Programme. The theme of the professorship is Climate and Society, and my aims are to make new research openings, develop novel approaches to research interaction between climate policy and societal developments, bring security and social justice perspectives into researching climate and energy transitions, and support the development of SYKE’s research expertise and international networking in this area. I am a sustainability transitions scholar, and have led many projects related to transport, building energy efficiency and energy transitions. A significant proportion of my working hours is currently spent on an Academy of Finland Fellowship Project IDEALE that explores the connections between energy and national security policies. In addition, I am a member of the Finnish Climate Panel, and an Associate Editor of Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions.


  • Research and project management focused on decarbonisation of socio-technical systems (sustainability transitions)
  • Policy analysis (climate policy, energy policy, innovation policy, transport policy, security policy)
  • Innovation studies (low-carbon innovations in energy and mobility)
  • Policy advice (interaction with policymakers and civil servants in Finland and internationally)

Research interests

  • Low/zero 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
  • Security and geopolitics in sustainability transitions

Current projects

Recent projects


My publications in Google Scholar

Recent papers

Published 2014-12-12 at 10:25, updated 2021-12-16 at 12:18