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Sustainability in Business (SUB)

Our mission is to provide knowledge about innovative business models and transition paths that enhance sustainable development. As complex sustainability challenges call for multi-disciplinary knowledge and societally impactful research, we co-create solution proposals together with partners from different sectors of society.
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Research areas

Energy transitions

Renewable energy production and storage technologies change the way we produce and use energy, do business with it, and innovate.

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Innovation for poverty alleviation

Frugal innovations by businesses in resource-scarce environments are one promising approach to poverty alleviation.

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Innovation for sustainability

The innovation of new sustainable products, services, business models and forms of consumption can help tackle big problems like climate change and resource depletion.

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Circular economy

Circular economy keeps materials in use longer using strategies like reuse, remanufacture, recycling, and replacing ownership with rentals

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Corporate responsibility

Ethical issues are urgent in our globalized world where the public and civil governance of businesses is often underdeveloped and firms are located in different national regulatory systems.

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New economy

Broader descriptions of economy, work and money are being developed that can help our economy function better.

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Publications

The latest publications from SUB researchers

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Sustainability teaching

Sustainability course offerings in the School of Business

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SUB seminar series

The SUB lunchtime seminar series provides a monthly forum for all interested to discuss topical research in social and environmental issues in management.

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Upcoming seminars

Spring 2019

Friday 15.2, 12.00-13.30
Väre (Otaniementie 14), F101

Professor Jeremy Hall, Centre for Social Innovation Management, Surrey Business School. From the ‘Eroom’ Effect (Moore’s Law Backwards) to Borlaug’s Paradox: Emerging Challenges and Unintended Consequences of Sustainable Development Innovation.

Co-hosted by the Aalto Sustainability Hub.

Monday 18.2., 10.00-12.00
Väre (Otaniementie 14), L208

Dr. Stelvia Matos. Surrey Business School. Crafting papers for publication in the field of sustainable development innovation.

Friday 1.3. 12.00-13.00
Väre (Otaniemientie 14), M102

Prof. Myrto Chliova. Moving from small to big wins: Tensions in the evolution of participatory organizing within the context of a displacement crisis.

Friday 5.4. 12.30-13.30
Väre (Otaniementie 14), M102

Cecilia Bayas, Autonomous University of Madrid. Sustainable development in the Spanish universities campuses from a stakeholder approach.

Awards and highlights

Elizabeth Miller

Thesis "Trash to Treasure: A Multiple Case Study of Finnish Companies That Create Economic Value from Waste Materials" received award for top university master's thesis, Association for Environmental Management (Ymparistöjohtamisen yhdistys ry)

Samuli Patala and Minna Halme

Article "Polycentric Governance of Privately Owned Resources in Circular Economy Systems" received Carolyn Dexter Award for international papers, Academy of Management 2018

Jouni Juntunen, Minna Halme, Angelina Korsunova and Risto Rajala

Article "Powering sustainable innovations: Strategies for collaborating with deviant partners" won Best Academic Paper at R&D Management Conference 2016, University of Cambridge

Minna Halme, Sara Lindeman and Paula Linna

Article "Innovation for Inclusive Business: Intrapreneurial Bricolage in Multinational Corporations", Journal of Management Studies, 2012 received the Emerald Citations of Excellence for 2015

Events

Aalto EIT Services Javor
Other

Digitally Circular Meetup

A bi-monthly networking event to accelerate circular economy development by connecting circular economy professionals, digital experts and business decision makers to enable and encourage co-ideation and co-creation.
Aalto Sustainability Hub, © Creative Sustainability Heidi Konttinen
Lectures and seminars

ASH seminar series: Towards game changing sustainable impact: Awareness-based education and co-creation

Inner dimension of sustainability has a major role in transitioning towards life-positive futures. This means acknowledging the effect emotions and habits-of-mind have on learning and action, in order to catalyze rapid and large-scale systems change. Without recognizing and activating conscious human agency, all the detailed roadmaps, pathways and sustainability goals may just lead to a dead end. The seminar will look into this in context of education
Sustainability Science Days 2019
Conferences and workshops

SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE DAYS 2019: Mak­ing Use of Sustainability Science

The thematic focus is on sustainable production and consumption, which is the SDG # 12, where Finland’s performance needs to be considerably improved.
EIT RawMaterials Summit 2019
Lectures and seminars

Raw Materials Summit

Stay tuned for more updates! The registration and more details will follow soon.

News

The photo shows Professor Jeremy Hall and audiende from the guest lecture at Aalto Sustainability Hub. Photo: Roope Kivitanta / Aalto University
Research & Art Published:

Why do sustainable technologies often struggle to succeed commercially?

Success rates could improve if experts from different fields considered the bottlenecks of commercialization early.
EIT Climate-KIC Innvoation Ecosystem Call 2019
Research & Art Published:

EIT Climate-KIC: Open Call on Climate Innovation Ecosystem creation

Developing and supporting national and sub-national climate innovation ecosystems.
Kuva: Scratching the surface, literally (Kätlin K / Creative Sustainability / Flickr)
Studies, University Published:

The climate is changing - will education at Aalto change as well?

A discussion session was organised At Aalto to reflect on how university education could better respond to the challenges of climate change.
Way Out There - space junk
Research & Art Published:

Send it up, up and away? Maybe not, space junk is a problem!

Clearing up the world’s space junk can pave the way for better mobile infrastructure and other ways to move into space

Who we are

Minna Halme

Minna Halme

Department of Management Studies
Professor
Maria Joutsenvirta

Maria Joutsenvirta

Senior Research Fellow
Jouni Juntunen

Jouni Juntunen

Department of Management Studies
Dr.Sc. (Economics and Business Administration)
Galina Kallio

Galina Kallio

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ewald Kibler

Ewald Kibler

Department of Management Studies
Academy Research Fellow
Angelina Korsunova

Angelina Korsunova

Department of Management Studies
Project manager at EU-InnovatE Aalto
Leena Lankoski

Leena Lankoski

Department of Management Studies
Senior University Lecturer
Sara Lindeman

Sara Lindeman

Department of Management Studies
Researcher, Project Manager
Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller

Department of Management Studies
Project Employee
Heli Nissilä

Heli Nissilä

Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

Samuli Patala

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Riikka Poukka

School Services, BIZ
Tiina Ritvala

Tiina Ritvala

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor

Salvatore Ruggiero

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Olli Sahimaa

Olli Sahimaa

Department of Management Studies
Postdoctoral Researcher
Patrick Shulist

Patrick Shulist

Department of Management Studies
Assistant Professor
Armi Temmes

Armi Temmes

Department of Management Studies
Professor of Practice

Marleen Wierenga

Department of Management Studies
Doctoral Candidate

Get in touch

Address

Lapuankatu 2 (Arkadia building, 3rd floor)
00100 Helsinki

Contact

Elizabeth Miller
[email protected]