Tuomas Kuhmonen

Tuomas Kuhmonen
University of Turku | UTU · Finland Futures Research Centre

PhD (Econ. & Bus. Adm.), MSc (Agr. Econ.)

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Introduction
Finnish citizen with the hands of a logger but soul of a scientist. Living in the middle of nowhere in Vesanto, Finland. Website: http://tuomaskuhmonen.fi

Publications

Publications (22)
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Megatrends (urbanization, digitalization, globalization, climate change, etc.) are mainstream developments that affect most economic activities. These megatrends have varying incidences and impacts on individual entrepreneurs and enterprises, also in farming sector. A farmer can either ignore or try to adapt to or benefit from megatrends. This reac...
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This chapter considers the evolution of policy for rural areas within the European Union since the 1950s. It does so largely within the context of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) but gives some consideration to the wider EU regional (including cohesion) policies as these have helped shape rural development policy under the CAP. National polici...
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Public policies address societal problems. The problems chased by the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union (EU) have been persistent. The institutional and political economy reasons for this setting have been discussed widely, but the role of the problems lack robust analysis. This study contributes to an explicit understanding of...
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This article conceptualises the common agricultural policy (CAP) of the European Union as a policy regime. Policy regimes are defined as meso‐level, problem‐related, dynamically stable, multidimensional governance arrangements consisting of substantive and institutional elements. Utilising the policy regime as the unit of analysis makes it possible...
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This study discusses flexibility of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) from various angles. The current flexibility does not create major conflicts with the objectives of the CAP. It makes decision-making more dispersed over the Member States, but also more effective. There may be small adverse effects on the level playing field. On the positive...
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This study aims at exposing the potential of futures images in anticipating and informing transitions of complex adaptive systems toward sustainability. Our case concerns the food system. The inherent properties of complex adaptive systems make the exact trajectories of these systems unforeseeable. However, since the systems unfold into a common di...
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Demographic trends do not give much hope for rural regions in developed economies. Many studies prescribe rural futures as manifestations of consumption of the countryside by an urban majority. However, many of these macro-images and typologies lack explicit micro-agency. This article illustrates what are the expectations from personal futures in r...
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Erilaiset vaihtoehtoiset ruokajärjestelmät haastavat hallitsevan ruokajärjestelmän. Monissa vaihtoehtoisissa järjestelmissä korostuvat tuottajan ja kuluttajan vuorovaikutus, sosiaaliset ja ympäristökysymykset sekä paikallisuus. Ruuan tuotantopaikat, tuottajat ja kuluttajat kytkeytyvät yhteen pitkään jatkuneen eriytymiskehityksen jälkeen uusilla, ny...
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Agriculture is the most extensively integrated industry and policy area in the European Union. The story of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) began in the 1960s and since then it has manifested responses to evolving and diversifying societal challenges. In the early years, the focus of the CAP was in food security and the livelihood of the farme...
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This study presents four possible images of rural futures in Finland: decentralized bio-economy, colonial countryside, museum countryside and rural business islets. They are distilled through literature reviews, futures workshops and futures tables. Alternative specifications of structures, contents and agencies result in highly divergent states of...
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Is our snow-man melting? Can we feed our world? Do we spoil our natural resources? Where are the safe harbours in crisis? Many global problems have essentially rural solutions. But rural regions have their own problems and challenges as well: urban sprawl, depopulation, valorisation of natural resources and loss of political power. In industrialise...
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Maaseutualueille luodaan neljä mahdollista tulevaisuuskuvaa kirjallisuuden ja tulevaisuusverstaiden aineistojen pohjalta tulevaisuustaulukkomenetelmää hyödyntäen. Tulevaisuuskuvat ovat hajautunut biotalous, siirtomaatalous, museomaaseutu ja saarekemaaseutu. Merkittävimpiä muutosvoimia kuvien taustalla ovat ympäristö ja kestävyys, keskittymisen ja h...
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This study analyses family business continuity from founder generation to the 2nd generation in terms of succession in the context of evolutionary economics. Two literature bases; family business succession and evolutionary thinking in organisational and economic change, are reviewed and combined to provide insights to understand the nature of fami...
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A comparative analysis of rural employment dynamics in leading and lagging rural regions in the EU member states during the last two decades is presented. A theoretical framework for the analysis of employment development in rural regions is discussed and a statistical analysis of socioeconomic characteristics of all EU regions is presented. Detail...
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A comparative analysis of rural employment dynamics in leading and lagging rural regions in the EU member states during the last two decades is presented. A theoretical framework for the analysis of employment development in rural regions is discussed and a statistical analysis of socioeconomic characteristics of all EU regions is presented. Detail...
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In this report it is examined whether rural regions in the EU with a relatively high (low) employment growth in the 1980s and early 1990s have some common socio-economic characterics, which can contribute to the explanation of their employment performance. We have grouped the socio-economic characterics around the headings "local resources", "econo...
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This article examines the changes in the mutual agro-food trade between the EC and Scandinavian countries Finland, Norway and Sweden in 1960—85 by using the concept of “Revealed Comparative Advantage”. The agricultural policy actions of the EC have weakened the mutual trading position of Scandinavia very strongly in basic temperate agricultural pro...
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This qualitative study attempts to understand what kinds of resources to change family businesses have when preparing for a family business succession. Evolutionary economics was adapted for this study in order to explain evolutionary change in family business succession. The aim of the interpretative analysis conducted in this study is to increase...

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Projects (6)
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Competitiveness of the food system is comprised of not only comparative cost advantages but also capacity of the system to fulfil its basic function – food supply – in many kinds of situations and circumstances. The study is focused on the interdependencies within the food system and their role as a source of vulnerability. Vulnerability is a systemic property of the modern food systems. Alleviation of vulnerability asks for analysis of the systemic properties to identify effective leverage points. Stability of the vulnerabilities is evaluated in three contrast scenarios. Actor network analysis reveals actions that reduce vulnerability of the food system in each scenario and also exposes the relocation and multiplicative effects of the vulnerabilities that arise as a consequence of the actions.
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Sustainability transition implies a transition from a fossil-based economy to a circular bioeconomy. Fossil-based energy and material sources are point-sources and their utilisation requires large capital base. Thus, a fossil-based economy is centralised by its very nature. On the contrary, renewable and recycled materials are everywhere, and their utilisation is possible with smaller capital base; thus, circular bioeconomy is decentralised by its very nature. The aim of this project is to explore the implications of the transition from a fossil-based economy to a circular bioeconomy in the centralisation-decentralisation continuum. If we want to foster a transition with a decentralised logic, what are the leverage points of such a transition?
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This project will compile five alternative future scenarios of Finnish livestock production around the year 2050. The arising socioeconomic impacts of the implementation of each scenario will be unfold in four dimensions: 1) the use of arable land and the production impacts, 2) environmental impacts, 3) regional economic effects, 4) foreign trade effects. https://www.luke.fi/en/projektit/kotietu/