Annukka Näyhä

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I have a PhD in corporate environmental management and a MSc degree in biology. I am currently on research leave from a university lecturer position at JSBE where I have taught courses on sustainability transition and sustainable business strategies and models while doing my research. My previous work experience includes working as a researcher in the School of Forest Sciences at the University of Eastern Finland as well as at the Finland Futures Research Centre at the University of Turku. I have been a visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley at Energy and Resources Group (2008–2009, 2011) and at the University of Graz at Department of Environmental System Sciences for several periods in 2017-2023. I also have an extensive teaching experience, with a previous career as a natural sciences teacher and a degree in adult education. 

My expertise lies in the area of innovations for sustainability, especially on change management and sustainable business models. In my work I draw on transdisciplinary theoretical premises, combining management approaches with research of systemic transitions. I have a specific knowledge in the field of shared value creation and collaborative business models. I have applied mixed methods approaches (combining quantitative and qualitative methods), but my methodological expertise lies in qualitative, future-oriented research approaches.

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I position myself as a sustainable business management scholar focusing on transition in renewable natural resources-based sectors, the forest-based sector in particular, and more recently in the agricultural and food value chains. In principle, my research examines what type of management and business models, and value networks are needed (in future) for supporting innovations for sustainability and, by extension, the sustainability transition.

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circular bioeconomy; innovations for sustainability; sustainable business models; shared value creation; forest- based sector; corporate foresight; future studies; sustainability transition

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