Professor, Dr. Helena Kahiluoto
(female) will lead the Finnish group formed by the two partners LUT and Luke. Her professorship is in Sustainability Science and she has adjunct professorship and PhD in Agroecology in University of Helsinki. She has 30 years’ experience in research, and research and education management in food systems sustainability. Her in-depth understanding of the ways ecology ties in with social and economic dimensions of sustainability across local to global agrifood systems, and extensive collaboration with economists, social scientists and practitioners in various cultures build a solid basis for co-creation in research. She has lead and contributed to numerous multinational and national research projects funded by the EU, the Academy of Finland, Tekes – Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, and enterprises, integrating theoretical analytical frameworks with state-of-the-art empirical qualitative and quantitative approaches. She has also initiated and led a research unit, and several national research programs, networks and a university education program in the field. Helena acted as Coordinating Lead Author (CLA, and LA) in the first global agricultural assessment, the International Assessment of Agricultural Science, Technology and Development (IAASTD).
(feamale), Anna’s doctoral dissertation focused on sustainability transitions of food systems, including closing the nitrogen and phosphorus loops, lock-ins and path-dependencies at all parts of food value chain, and failures to accelerate system innovation in the society. She focuses on interactions between institutions, civil society, environment and technology, and the way unsustainable regimes can be unlocked, particularly the role of agency in purposeful regime destabilization.