Riikka Paloniemi

Riikka Paloniemi
Finnish Environment Institute | ymparisto · Environmental Policy Centre

PhD, docent

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Introduction
working as a Head of Unit Behavioral Change in Finnish Environment Institute; interdisciplinary research related to environmental policy, biodiversity and learning through interdisciplinary communication and public participation.
Additional affiliations
November 2009 - present
Finnish Environment Institute
Position
  • Senior Researcher
May 2000 - October 2009
University of Helsinki
Position
  • Research Assistant

Publications

Publications (106)
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Climate change, urbanisation, chemical pollution and disruption of ecosystems, including biodiversity loss, affect our health and wellbeing. Research is crucial to be able to respond to the current and future challenges that are often complex and interconnected by nature. The HERA Agenda, summarised in this commentary, identifies six thematic resea...
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We examined the application of knowledge in land-use planning as epistemic governance and explored how actors wield institutional power while legitimising the use of knowledge. By applying a neo-institutionalist analytical framework of epistemic governance to discourse analysis, we investigated how actors invoke institutions of science and law whil...
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River networks are among Earth’s most threatened hot-spots of biodiversity and provide key ecosystem services (e.g., supply drinking water and food, climate regulation) essential to sustaining human well-being. Climate change and increased human water use are causing more rivers and streams to dry, with devastating impacts on biodiversity and ecosy...
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Diverse physical features of urban areas alongside socio-demographic characteristics affect car ownership, and hence the daily mobility choices. As a case of sustainable mobility, we explore how various urban environments and socio-demographics associate with the spatial and social distribution of household car ownership and carlessness in the Hels...
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Regional‐scale ecological processes, such as the spatial flows of material, energy, and organisms, are fundamental for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in river networks. Yet these processes remain largely overlooked in most river management practices and underlying policies. Here, we propose adoption of a meta‐system approach, wh...
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An approach that has been suggested as potentially addressing the challenges of science-policy-interfaces (SPIs) is the mobilization of existing networks through a ‘network-of-networks’ (NoN) approach. This paper shares empirical findings from a mixed-method study, combining qualitative and quantitative data, that critically evaluates the ‘network-...
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Ecological processes occurring at the regional scale, such as the dispersal of organisms, and spatial flows of material and energy are fundamental for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in river networks, yet they remain largely overlooked in most river management practices and underlying policies. We propose a meta-system approach...
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In order to maintain a habitable planet, relatively fast and large-scale transitions towards sustainable societies are needed especially regarding the production and consumption of energy. The transitions require people to change the ways they conduct their daily lives as well as agency (capacity to act) in bringing about the needed changes at diff...
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Societal debates are often constructed through dichotomies influenced by various factors such as cognitive capabilities of individuals, culturally shaped valuation processes, underlying societal struggles for power and prestige, economic competition, technological changes or lock-ins and operation logic of the media and social media. Debates over e...
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To support legitimate European Union (EU) biodiversity policy development, there is a growing momentum to engage society in these policy processes and build meaningful and inclusive dialogue between science, policy, and society in policy deliberation. So far, engagement efforts have been made to encourage citizen participation in knowledge producti...
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The outbreak of COVID-19 raised numerous questions on the interactions between the occurrence of new infections, the environment, climate and health. The European Union requested the H2020 HERA project which aims at setting priorities in research on environment, climate and health, to identify relevant research needs regarding Covid-19. The emergen...
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The concept of planetary health in the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission 1 is based on the understanding that human health and human civilisation depend on flourishing and balanced natural systems and the wise stewardship of those ecosystems. How to deploy the planetary health approach in the EU, particularly in relation to the new growth st...
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Tässä artikkelissa käsittelemme monipuolisesti lasten ilmastoahdistusta ja sen kohtaamiskeinoja. Kokoamme monitieteisen kirjoittajajoukon voimin yhteenvedon tutkitusta tiedosta ja teemme suosituksia ilmastokeskustelun kehittämiseksi ja lasten osallisuuden parantamiseksi. Keskitymme erityisesti ilmastoviestinnän, ympäristökasvatuksen ja psykologian...
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Policy processes to open digital forest data and information are driven by expectations of increased effectiveness and efficiency of forest management, greater transparency of forest decision making, development of new innovations, and transition to bioeconomy. We investigate how interlinkages between the governance of forest information and govern...
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This study explored individuals’ engagement in the sustainable energy transition in Finland. Using the attitude-behaviour-context model (Guagnano et al., 1995) and Stern’s (2000) typology of environmentally significant behaviours, this study tested the assumption that individuals’ engagement in transition is a combination of socio-psychological and...
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Luontopohjaiset ratkaisut ovat monihyötyisiä yhteiskunnallisten haasteiden ratkaisuja, jotka perustuvat luonnon prosessien luomiin mahdollisuuksiin ja ottavat mallia ekosysteemien toiminnasta. Ne vastaavat laaja-alaisiin, kytkeytyneisiin haasteisiin tarjoamalla tavanomaisille, teknistä näkökulmaa painottaville ratkaisuille vaihtoehdon, joka tähtää...
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Suomalaiset liikkuvat liian vähän. Esimerkiksi vain noin kolmasosa lapsista ja nuorista liikkuu riittävästi oman terveytensä näkökulmasta. Erityisesti arkiliikunta on vähentynyt, kun lyhyitäkin matkoja kuljetaan kävelyn tai polkupyöräilyn sijaan autoilla. Tämä johtaa myös suureen ympäristökuormitukseen. Katsauksemme perusväite on, että luontopohjai...
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Kaupunkilaisten hyvinvoinnin kannalta luontoympäristön laatu ja saavutettavuus ovat tulevaisuuden avainkysymyksiä. Artikkelissa analysoimme pääkaupunkiseudun kaupunkisuunnittelijoiden sekä viheralueiden hoidosta vastaavien viranomaisten oikeudenmukaisuuskäsityksiä. Suunnittelijanäkemyksistä etsimme vastauksia siihen, miten suunnittelijat ratkovat t...
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Achieving a sustainable energy transition is crucial for mitigating climate change. Citizens’ acceptance of the transition is important for it to succeed. We explored citizens’ images of the future energy forms and energy system in Finland, and the drivers of a sustainable energy transition. The data gathered with an online questionnaire targeting...
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Societies aiming for a sustainable future need more effective and legitimate planning and decision making practices, in which various actors together find pathways towards a sustainable transition. In this paper, we approach sustainability and environmental justice as epistemological (and ontological) challenges for land-use planning, and empirical...
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Peatlands that are close to a natural state are rich in biodiversity and are significant carbon storages. Simultaneously, peat resources are of interest to industry, which leads to competing interests and tensions regarding the use and management of peatlands. In this case study, we studied knowledge-management interactions through the development...
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In sustainable rural development, national and international policies are interpreted and implemented through local networks and involvement of local actors with various backgrounds, needs and objectives. We explored how forest owners' land management and biodiversity conservation objectives, as well as social capital embedded in their social netwo...
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Species protection legislation has been used as one of the main approaches in conservation – yet in many cases we know only little about the effectiveness and side-effects of such regulation. Noncompliance can limit effectiveness of legislative protection, and deliberate harmful actions by landowners have sometimes been reported as a response to re...
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Protecting biodiversity within separate set-aside conservation areas has not been effective enough to halt its loss. Thus, new approaches to conserve biodiversity alongside production are needed. The non-market values of a forest may play an essential role when the forest owner decides the use of their land. However, so far the service offerings ot...
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In this paper, we identify patterns of distributive environmental justice in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area (HMA) in terms of spatial proximity of urban waters, as a potential provider of a diverse set of environmental goods and well-being. Our focus is on the question how equally these benefits are distributed in HMA? To answer this we apply a GIS...
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Environmental justice sheds light on the distributive and procedural aspects of planning and decision-making. We examined the challenges arising from the perspective of environmental justice on multi-level and participatory environmental governance by exploring the governance of aquatic environments in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. We found three...
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The aim of EKLIPSE is to develop a mechanism to inform European-scale policy on biodiversity and related environmental challenges. This paper considers two fundamental aspects of the decisionsupport mechanism being developed by EKLIPSE: 1) the engagement of relevant actors from science, policy and society to jointly identify evidence for decision m...
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To shed light on fair blue urbanism, we studied the demands, obstacles and opportunities as well as knowledge needs of various citizen groups living in Helsinki Metropolitan Area. The perspectives were identified and explored by experts using an innovative ‘role chair’ method of opinion elicitation. The responses, aggregated as clusters, highlight...
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We examined how individuals perceive nuclear energy in the context of climate change mitigation and how their perceptions are associated with trust in different risk information sources. We analyzed the interrelationships between trust, perceived risk of nuclear power, climate change concern, perception of nuclear energy as an acceptable way to mit...
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Improving the effectiveness of voluntary biodiversity policies requires developing trans-disciplinary conservation plans that consider social constraints to achieving ecological objectives. We integrated data on landowners' willingness to participate in voluntary conservation efforts with ecological data on conservation values in a spatial prioriti...
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This paper targets the need for new legitimate and effective policy models to support the opening of natural resource data and digitalization in order to increase democratization and potential for new social and economic innovations in natural resource governance. We review key conceptual issues and complement it with findings from a case study on...
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Despite calls for evidence-based policies, the process of using evidence in forest conservation policy implementation has remained unclear. In this paper, we focus on voluntary conservation and investigate complex ways to use evidence in implementation of the Forest Biodiversity Programme METSO in Finland. Data were collected via nine focus group d...
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In Finland, there are almost 500,000 second homes and in some areas the number of second home owners exceeds that of permanent residents. Currently, second home owners are also spending more time in their second homes. If second home owners are not permanent residents, administration may exclude them from local institutions, and treat second home o...
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The gradually decreasing connectivity of habitats threatens biodiversity and ecological processes valuable to humans. Green infrastructure is promoted by the European Commission as a key instrument for the conservation of ecosystems in the EU biodiversity strategy to 2020. Green infrastructure has been defined as a network of natural and semi-natur...
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The novel articulations between the state, markets and civil society arising from the shift to networked environmental governance highlight the importance of creating equal participation opportunities. Relevant questions from an environmental justice perspective are not only who participates, but also with whom, in what, why and how. In this paper,...
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Pitkänen, K. Hiltunen, M., Adamiak, C., Furman, E., Hall, C.M., Hannonen, O., Kietäväinen, A., Paloniemi, R., Rinne, J., Strandell, A., Tuulentie, S., Vepsäläinen, M. & Åkelund, U. Kesämökkeily on osa suomalaista elämämtapaa ja kulttuuriperintöä. Lähes jokaisella on omakohtaisia kokemuksia lomanvietosta mökillä. On arvioitu, että yli puolet suomal...
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Applying system justification theory, we studied the role of attitudes toward science in pro-environmental consumption among the adult population of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden). We analyzed International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) data from 2010 using structural equation modeling (SEM). Attitudes toward...
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Peoples' housing practices are changing and their mobility is increasing in contemporary society. An increasing and more diverse use of second homes raises new governance challenges. We apply the concepts of policy integration and policy coherence to analyze the governance of second homes in Finland. We explore two case study areas rich with second...
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In this paper, we investigate how processes of rescaling biodiversity governance downwards, upwards and outwards are interlinked with the increased global and European trends toward the neoliberalization of nature conservation. We furthermore explore who wins and who loses from this interrelationship. We focus on the European Union and specifically...
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This paper summarises discussions in a workshop entitled “exploring uncertainties in biodiversity science, policy and management”. It draws together experiences gained by scientists and scholars when encountering and coping with different types of uncertainty in their work in the field of biodiversity protection. The discussion covers all main phas...
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This chapter provides an overview of concepts of “scale” as used throughout this book, looking first at usage in English and then drawing upon some other languages represented in the SCALES project. It shows how “scale” is used primarily in a spatial sense, referring to various relationships among things of differing sizes. There are scales of patt...
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In the context of daily food consumption, individuals have to evaluate their health and environmental risks based on information provided by the institutions governing food security. At the same time, they have to trust the institutions that both protect them and provide risk information. Study 1 examined how trust in EU policies that assure food s...
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Although the concepts of institutions in economics and institutional analysis have been integrated in recent writings about payments for ecosystem services (PES), their joint operationalization and testing have been limited. To tackle this integration challenge, we empirically explore how Finnish non-industrial private forest owners' perceptions ab...
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Agricultural intensification is a major driver of biodiversity decline throughout Europe. Agri-environment schemes governed by EU regulation are a significant tool in combating this decline but despite high spending, experiences of their effectiveness have been mixed. Their effectiveness might be improved by targeting them to locations with high bi...
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Second homes form an integral part of peoples' mobility and living patterns in today's society. Despite the noteworthy scale of the second-home phenomenon, the political rights of second-home tourists have been studied relatively little. This paper sheds light on the governance of second homes from the viewpoint of public participation. The issue i...
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Ecosystem services, voluntariness and mire conservation in Finland Ecosystem services and voluntariness are topical issues in Finnish nature conservation. We studied how these concepts are used and combined in discussions on mire conservation. We performed a qualitative analysis of the Finnish Government Resolution on the Sustainable Use and Protec...
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Etelä-Suomen metsien monimuotoisuusohjelma METSO edellyttää metsä- ja ympäristöalan toimijoiden yhteistyötä. Alueellisten ELY-keskusten ja Suomen metsäkeskuksen alueyksiköiden välinen yhteistyö on METSOn toteuttamisessa tiivistä ja pääosin sujuvaa. Metsäkeskusuudistus ja muutokset lainsäädännössä kuitenkin muuttavat vakiintuneita yhteistyösuhteita....
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In this article we explore the hidden gender order of the biodiversity policy and, in particular, the social and societal positions offered to male and female forest owners in voluntary conservation. Two studies were conducted in the region where the National Biodiversity Program for Southern Finland (“METSO”) has been implemented. Study 1 focused...
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This article analyzes the influence of the preexisting institutional basis on designing and implementing new biodiversity and ecosystem services policies. The way that regulative, normative, and cultural-cognitive institutions condition the currently popular payments for ecosystem services (PES) is analyzed by exploring the evolution of a champione...
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We studied environmental action and its predictors in a multi-scalar context of climate change politics. We asked how belief in climate change, post-materialist values, trust and knowledge predict people's engagement in environmental action by testing two alternative structural equation models (SEM). In one of these models all these factors directl...