European Society for Ecological Economics Conference | ESEE2019

Summer School tutors

Georgina Guillen-Hanson

”If Ginnie’s background and experience were to be described in one word, that would be the prefix “multi”. Multidisciplinary as she has a bachelor on political economy, an MBA, a master in marketing and organizational change, a master in strategic leadership towards sustainability, and… she’s earned each of these degrees in four different countries. Multisectoral, her 20-year career in sustainability has been built in the non-for profit, academic and private (from being her own company to directing the sustainability and social communications unit of a +54K employee organization) sectors – and she’s implemented some projects for public offices too. Multicultural, not only because she’s a dual citizen but also because she enjoys diversity and exploring new environments. Multitasker, as she’s mother of a lively 1-year old girl, project manager at a think-do tank on sustainable consumption and production (the CSCP) and a university lecturer. Ginnie is known for her multitudinous ideas for applying creativity and inviting people to think out of the box, she’s been working with design thinking, gamification, backcasting and other innovative tools and methods, facilitating co-creative processes for different groups and purposes.”

”To me, co-creation is the way we grow as individuals and evolve as human beings. It is about enjoying diversity and generating change by exploring and respecting what makes everyone unique. No matter how complex the challenges are, co-creative processes will help to find simple solutions.”

Jasper Kenter

Jasper Kenter is Senior Lecturer in Deliberative Ecological Economics at the University of York. He is an interdisciplinary researcher in sustainable development, conservation and environmental management issues with a specialisation in ecological economics and public and stakeholder deliberation. His main current research interest is in people’s values around nature. He enjoys a broad view of the notion of value and values, looking through the lenses of economics, ecology, ethics, psychology and spiritual practice, and has a particular interest in how social processes shape values and in ways we can integrate economic and deliberative methodologies to better incorporate shared values of nature into decision-making. Jasper is a lead author of the IPBES values assessment (2018-2021) and was principal investigator on shared and cultural values for the second phase of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment. He is Associate Editor of the journal Ecosystem Services, a board member of the International and European Societies for Ecological Economics and ordained as minister by the One Spirit Interfaith Foundation. Before moving to the UK, Jasper worked as an environmental campaigner in the Netherlands, Iceland and elsewhere.

”Co-creation, deliberation and valuation are natural partners. In balancing different values and interests in how we manage environmental issues, the era of technocratic approaches is over. We need to create new democratic spaces where we bring together different voices to co-create shared values and solutions. These spaces that link research, practice and participation are an essential component of sustainability transformation.”

Heidi Lusenius

Heidi Lusenius is a Planner of maritime spatial planning (MSP) issues at the Regional Council of Southwest Finland, with experience of cross-border MSP projects in Baltic Sea Region. Currently working in Maritime Spatial Planning for Sustainable Blue Economies (Plan4Blue) Project that supports sustainable blue growth and cross-border cooperation in the Gulf of Finland and the Archipelago Sea areas.

”Co-creation for me is essential in order to eventually make shared visions and targets alive. Co-creation is also a way to increase understanding between people and increase understanding of many time complex issues and their linkages – like when discussing in the same time about marine areas and about maritime sectors. In maritime spatial planning, the participatory and co-creative process is in the core.”

Nina V. Nygren

Researcher Nina V. Nygren, Dr. Sc.(Admin.) (Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University) is specialized in conflicts, learning and policy changes especially in the fields of nature conservation and multispecies relationships. Currently she is leading a multidisciplinary international project on biodiversity offsetting funded by Kone foundation. The team is developing a card game on offsetting which will be played with diverse stakeholders. Her current side project is the multidisciplinary Helsinki Urban rats project. She is also the founding member, president of the board and project manager in the Tutkimusosuuskunta Tapaus research cooperative and an editor-in-chief of Alue ja Ympäristö journal, a Finnish scientific journal on regional studies and environmental social sciences. Nygren is specialised in collaborative and multidisciplinary research.

”Nonhumans – animals, plants, microbes, materials such as water, or technologies such as remote sensing – participate in the creation of our more-than-human worlds. The long tradition of collaborative practices and social learning eg. in research and conflict management (between different human stakeholders) needs to be combined with the critique provided by posthumanism. ”We have never been (only) human”, and we need to acknowledge our depedencies on our common multispecies environments and nonhumans’ participation and agency in the more-than-human worlds in which we live in, while also critically looking at the power imbalances in these relationships.”

Eija Pouta

Eija Pouta, research professor in Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), has her scientific background in applied economics. She has used a multidisciplinary approach by combining social psychology with environmental economics. She has extensive experience in valuation of public goods such as rural landscape, recreation and nature conservation benefits. Her work focuses also on landowners’ behavior and consumer and citizen preferences for food system and agricultural policies. She has published 65 peer reviewed articles in the main journals of environmental and natural resource economics and planning. Her work has supported the policymaking in environmental conservation including forest, peatland and Baltic Sea issues.

”In her current work, she emphasizes transdisciplinary research; co-operation with stakeholders to support the sustainable use of natural resources and associated management practices. Her interest is to integrate approaches from deliberative valuation in building local innovative social solutions.”

Matti  Salo

Dr. Matti Salo works as a research scientist in Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). In addition, he is adjunct professor of biodiversity and natural resources governance at the University of Turku. His research interests are all somehow related to the question of how to find ways to improve the human impacts on and relationships with the rest of nature, involving broadly all kinds of ecosystems and related human activities. Globally, he has a specific interest in Latin America where he has worked and/or spent periods of time annually since the late 1990s.

”In the context of policy-making, co-creation is an organic and deliberative process; it needs to have a bottom-up argumentative character. The exchange of ideas and contributions emerges among interested parties gathered as equals. Therefore co-creation not only works participatorily to define a set of means to achieve specific goals but also aims to legitimize the goals and the means under shared commitment.”