Eeva Houtbeckers

Eeva Houtbeckers
Aalto University · Department of Design

Dr. Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.)

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Introduction
I’m a postdoctoral researcher affiliated with Aalto University, Department of Design. My research (2017-) is an institutional ethnography on post-growth work and livelihood practices in the global North during global environmental and social challenges and injustices. Twitter, Instagram: @eevahoutbeckers Email: eeva.houtbeckers@aalto.fi Www: https://eevahoutbeckers.fi
Additional affiliations
January 2017 - September 2022
Aalto University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Research funded by Nessling foundation and Kone foundation
February 2012 - May 2016
Aalto University
Position
  • Project Researcher
Description
  • Project work (part-time, full-time) in three TEKES, one EU and one Aalto University project during 2012-2016.
February 2009 - November 2016
Aalto University
Position
  • PhD Student
Description
  • Part-time and full-time positions as a PhD candidate
Education
October 2013 - March 2014
Roskilde University
Field of study
  • Social entrepreneurship (Department of Psychology and Educational Studies)
August 2010 - December 2016
Aalto University
Field of study
  • Organizzation and management
August 2001 - June 2008
University of Turku
Field of study
  • International Business

Publications

Publications (26)
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to discuss researcher subjectivity in social entrepreneurship ethnographies. Previous research has highlighted a need for alternatives to the heroic representations of social entrepreneurship. Ethnographic methods have been mentioned as a relevant direction to create such emerging understandings. Design/methodo...
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Design for sustainability transitions is an emerging area of research and practice which integrates and expands theories of sustainability science, design and transition management. Recently sustainability transitions have been framed as design challenges with three main dimensions: creative, technical and political (Gaziulusoy & Ryan, 2017). With...
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Organising for post-growth society is called for to enable living on our finite planet. While previous research has suggested that social enterprise could be one form of post-growth organising (PGo), these suggestions might not rely on critical studies of social enterprise (SE) or studies exploring everyday practices of SE. This paper asks to what...
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This short essay is based on ongoing ethnographic fieldwork that focuses on post-growth work in the global North. Some of the people I have met during my fieldwork are in the process of altering their life according to their understanding of more affirmative ways of living. Here the focus is on households that strive for self-sufficiency in terms o...
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Valtavirtaista ajattelua taloudesta on kritisoitu siitä, että se sivuuttaa talouden ja materiaalisen todellisuuden välisen riippuvuussuhteen. Siksi tutkijat ja aktivistit ovat ehdottaneet uudenlaisen tiedon tuottamista taloudesta. Tässä tekstissä tutkimme mahdollisuuksia hyödyntää käytäntöteorioita taloutta koskevan tiedon tuottamisessa heikkoa teo...
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This position paper presents a prototype research agenda for design for sustainability transformations (DfST) in the (post-)pandemic context. COVID-19 has made visible vulnerabilities, structural dysfunctions, inequalities and injustices across health, environmental, social, economic, provisional and political systems. In response to the crisis, ra...
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Tarkastelemme artikkelissamme, miten työelämän ja ympäristökysymysten yhtymäpintoja on kuvattu Kansainvälisen työjärjestö ILO:n vihreän työn raporteissa. Esitämme, että raporteissa on käyttökelpoisia jäsennyksiä siitä, miten työelämän teemat ja ympäristökysymykset nivoutuvat yhteen. Listaamme ILO:n julkisesti verkossa saatavilla olevat vihreän työn...
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Tämä erikoisnumero luotaa uuden vuosituhannen kohtuuskeskustelua Suomessa. Kohtuullisen tulevaisuuden hahmottaminen on äärimmäisen ajankohtaista tänä aikana, jolloin merkit ihmisten aiheuttamista ekologisista kriiseistä ovat ilmeisiä ja lisääntyvät kiihtyvällä tahdilla. Kohtuutta siis tarvitaan nyt, jos koskaan.
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We have seen an emergence of transformative food studies as part of sustainability transitions. While some scholars have successfully opened up their experiences of pursuing transformation through scholar-activism, assumptions underlying researchers' choices and how scholars orient to and go about their work often remain implicit. In this article,...
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The crisis we face as a global community must be understood not only as a public health crisis, or as an economic crisis of the capitalist mode of production, but also, fundamentally, as a crisis of the reproduction of life. In this sense, it is a crisis of care: the work of caring for humans, non-humans, and the shared biosphere. The pandemic is a...
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Ajattelen usein sitä, miten tämä kaikki todennäköisesti päättyy: aaltoihin. Nouseva merenpinta tavoittaa meidät. He, joilla on varaa, yrittävät pelastautua. Ja silti muutos ei välttämättä ole niin äkillistä. Ennen kuin se on. Meillä voi olla toivoa. Edellisen lauseen perään voisi laittaa myös kysymysmerkin. Ehkä. Silti toimin pelosta huolimatta ja...
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Itsensätyöllistäminen sosio-ekologisten kriisien ratkaisemiseksi on osa laajempaa trendiä, jossa palkkatyö ja palkkatyöhön perustuva yhteiskunta ovat murroksessa. Seurasin tutkimuksessani kahta itsensätyöllistäjää ja yhtä osuuskuntaa vuosina 2009–2014. Heitä yhdisti huoli maailman tilasta, kuten kasvavasta vaatejätemäärästä ja voimakkaasta kaupungi...
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Yhteiskunnallinen yrittäjyys on laaja kattokäsite, joka vetää puoleensa toimijoita eri puolelta maailmaa ja eri toimialoilta. Tässä tekstissä esittelen tekemässäni laadullisessa tutkimuksessa esille tulleita havaintoja yhteiskunnallisten ja ympäristöhuolien takia itsensä työllistävien yhteiskunnallisten mikroyrittäjien arkipäivän työstä. Seuraamien...
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There is an increasing amount of practice-based entrepreneurship studies that advance the emerging field of entrepreneurship-as-practice (EAP). In this paper, we examine the practices of doing practice-based entrepreneurship studies by drawing from our own fieldwork experiences based on a framework developed for this study. Based on this, we make t...
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Sustainable entrepreneurship and social innovation are suggested as means to tackle complex global sustainability challenges. This study looks at the everyday experiences of one sustainable entrepreneur and examines how, over time, she created social innovation in the clothing sector. Generally, newcomers in entrepreneurship face a paradox of simul...
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This study brings the attention to the taken-for-granted assumptions of social entrepreneurship through studying how it is practiced. The overall aim of this study is to increase the understanding of social entrepreneurship by analysing the social entrepreneurship assumptions in academic discourse, which offer a formula for social change, and the m...
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Previous research highlights that ecopreneurship helps to live within planetary limits and influence existing practices. Yet, the tactics of ecopreneurs aiming to do this is rarely covered. This study follows three ecopreneurs in urban planning, food, and clothing sectors during four years while they tried to influence existing practices. Over the...
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Work is a fruitful site to reflect various responsibilities deriving from the notion of the Anthropocene. Previous research on labour studies has discussed both labour and employee agency as potentialities of worker activities in the current, interconnected capitalist system. We bring these conceptualisations with varying historical roots together...
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Ennen ensimmäistä väitöskirjani kenttätyöjaksoa ajattelin, että etnografiassa voi pysyä etäällä kentästä. Kuitenkin kenttätyön aikana ihmisten kohtaaminen oli paljon koskettavampaa ja liikuttavampaa kuin mitä osasin odottaa. Kenttätyön jälkeen ymmärsin, että olisin voinut olla vieläkin avoimempi.
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Yhteiskunnallisella yrittäjyydellä viitataan toimintaan, jossa liiketoiminnan keinoin edistetään yhteiskunnallista hyvää. Yhteiskunnallinen yrittäjyys ei ole ongelmaton käsite, mutta silti se herättää monissa toivoa nykyisten monimutkaisten globaalien ongelmien ratkaisemiseksi. Suomessa yhteiskunnallinen yrittäjyys laajana kattokäsitteenä pitää sis...
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As one prominent form of sustainable innovation, eco-efficient services have been promoted as a promising way towards more sustainable societies. However, they have not turned into reality as expected. This paper argues that one of the primary reasons for the slow market penetration of eco-efficient services is the mismatch between customers’ needs...
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The aim of this paper is to use a framework developed by Di Domenico et al. (2010) for analysing bricolage in one social entrepreneurship organisation, namely Hub Helsinki: In what ways is bricolage used and visible in the everyday organisational life of Hub Helsinki?

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Dear Julyan,
Would it be possible to get a full-text of "Low-impact development as a response to the neoliberal environmental agenda"?
Thank you for your time.
Best,
Eeva

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The aim of this research network is to discuss work, working life, and labour politics from the perspective of environment. Potential themes for inquiry: - The greening of work - The environmental impacts of “immaterial labour” - The experiences of natural and built environments at work - The work of non-human animals - Environmental agency in working life - Labour unions and environmental politics - The transition to sustainable economy from the perspective of labour - Theories of work in the Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plutocene or other notions - Rethinking work from indigenous perspectives
Archived project
In my doctoral studies I focused on social entrepreneurship in Finland. I followed four cases over time in sectors addressing sustainability challenges, namely up-cycle design, veganism, open data, and co-working. I defended my dissertation on 28 October, 2016. My dissertation 'Mundane social entrepreneurship - A practice perspective on the work of microentrepreneurs' is available as a open access PDF at https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/24394
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Critical Entrepreneurship Studies (CES) forms a diverse community united by the desire to think entrepreneurship differently, transgressing the boundaries imposed by dominant paradigms (Tedmanson et al., 2012). Specifically, CES questions hegemonic notions of entrepreneurship in academia as an epistemology of knowing/representing individuals and as the practice of particular social and economic activities. For instance, we have seen the shift from critique of enterprise discourse (du Gay, 2004) to the critique of the "dark side" of entrepreneurship (Jones & Spicer, 2009) and onto more affirmative critiques (Weiskopf & Steyaert, 2009). This critical shift requires not only a radical re-imagining of entrepreneurship theory and research but re-imagining entrepreneurship from communities that so far have been unable to contribute to these dialogues. Such conversations, we believe, may provide not only a voice but the radical alternatives required to re-shape the meaning of entrepreneurship. Henceforth, to this end, we ask the following bold questions, “Why should we use the concept of entrepreneurship?” and “Who benefits from its use and who is left out?” and “How do we re-imagine entrepreneurship?” For this purpose, we invite here radical papers that could, for example, try to renounce the idea of entrepreneurship – even to realize its usefulness. Equally, we promote ideas that are not configured within the epistemological western traditions but from other regions and cultures that challenge the perpetuation of entrepreneurship. We also encourage contributions that do not ‘frame’ entrepreneurship under our traditional academic language but add value through other meaningful communicative sources, such as short films, photography, and short stories. We also invite studies making use of various theoretical approaches, including but not limited to post-colonial and feminist perspectives and critiques. The persistence of the Critical Entrepreneurship Studies stream (since 2009) and most relevant the inequalities experienced currently around the world by various communities tells the urgent need for critical thinking on entrepreneurship. Hence and in line with the 10th Critical Management Studies conference’s aims, we would like to add a stream triggering revolutionary breakthroughs in our ontological, epistemological and methodological repository in critical entrepreneurship studies. The deadline for submitting the paper abstract is: 31st January 2017. Decision for acceptance to the stream will be communicated to the authors latest by 15th February 2017. Abstracts should be between 500-700 words (excluding references) and should be submitted to Banu Ozkazanc-Pan at banu.ozkazanc-pan@umb.edu and Piritta Parkkari at piritta.parkkari@ulapland.fi.