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Sustainable living environments and innovations

The study on sustainable living environments and innovations examines energy innovations, the sustainable life cycle of residential areas, citizens’ opportunities for involvement in decision-making, and the user friendliness of product development by companies.

Research methods are used to contribute to developing a sustainable living environment and technology. A user-oriented approach and the interaction and involvement of various actors within society steer the group’s research.

Creation of a sustainable living environment is supported by combining information on the connections between consumption and production. The research entity will increase knowledge on changes in service structures and the impacts of these changes on consumers’ everyday lives, while contributing to the development of user and customer oriented service models. Innovations and services are promoted within a national innovation policy: research know-how will be utilised in the user-oriented development of products and services on the one hand, and in developing the structural preconditions of consumption and their public steering on the other.

In 2012, the research group will implement the following projects:

Head of Research

Petteri Repo, Head of Research, tel. tel. +358 29 505 9025, +358 400737 968



Eva Heiskanen, Research Professor, tel. +358 29 505 9003, +358 50 321 0190
Kaarina Hyvönen, Senior Researcher, tel. +358 29 505 9005, +358 50 573 9176
Helka Kuusi, Researcher, tel. +358 29 505 9037, 050 302 8275
Hannu Kytö, Senior Researcher, tel. +358 29 505 9011, +358 50 574 4839
Kaisa Matschoss, Senior Researcher, tel. +358 29 505 9039, +358 400 871 597
Mikko Rask, Senior Researcher, tel. +358 29 505 9024, +358 50 322 2012

Mika Saastamoinen, Researcher, tel. +358 29 505 9027, +358 50 574 6122


Special Issue on Design-Use Relationships Sociotechnical Change
Sampsa Hyysalo, Mikael Johnson, and Eva Heiskanen, Guest Editors

Users' role in innovation processes in the sports equipment industry - experiences and lessons

Monitoring Policy and Research Activities on Science in Society in Europe (MASIS): National Report, Finland

Rask, Mikko (2011): October 2010. Denmark: COWI, 2011

Manufacturing leisure
Innovations in happiness, well-being and fun
Mika Pantzar & Elizabeth Shove (eds.) (2005)

Mobile Video (pdf)

Petteri Repo, Kaarina Hyvönen, Mika Pantzar, Päivi Timonen (2003)


Constructing innovative users and user-inclusive innovation communities
Eva Heiskanen, Sampsa Hyysalo, Tanja Kotro, Petteri Repo. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 2010; 22 (4): 495-511

Alternative regulatory cases challenging consumer policy
Petteri Repo, Päivi Timonen, Kim Zilliacus. Journal of Consumer Policy 2009; 32 (3): 289-301

Foresight — balancing between increasing variety and productive convergence
Mikko Rask

Low-Carbon Communities as a Context for Individual Change

Heiskanen, E., Johnson, M., Robinson, S., Vadovics, E. & Saastamoinen, M. (2010). Energy Policy 38 (12): 7586-7595

User-Producer Interaction in Housing Energy Innovations: Energy Innovation as a Communication Challenge

Heiskanen E & Lovio R (2010). Journal of Industrial Ecology, 14: 91-102.


Tulosta sivu


Make Energy Change Happen Toolkit


Publications & articles

Citizen Participation in Global Environmental Governance
Edited by Mikko Rask, Richard Worthington, Minna Lammi
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