Innovation for sustainability
Pressing global problems like climate change, natural resource depletion, or poverty and inequality cannot be solved by tinkering around with business as usual. We study innovative solutions to material and energy challenges and to social issues like marginalization, exclusion, and inequality.
Our focus is on the innovation of new sustainable products, services, business models and forms of consumption. From circular economy and material efficiency to the sharing economy and collaborative consumption, we look at how new models can transform businesses and economies to increase the wellbeing of the planet and its inhabitants.
Due to the systemic nature of ecological and social challenges, sustainability-oriented innovating is increasingly collaborative. Our recent work therefore zooms into collaborative sustainability innovating of business firms and their stakeholders. As the world of business is not a vacuum, we also investigate transitions in institutional contexts that nurture or impede transitions to sustainable business models.
Innovation for poverty alleviation
Poverty is a dire social problem globally. Innovative solutions for poverty alleviation are needed at many levels. Frugal innovations by businesses in resource-scarce environments are one promising approach.
Frugal water, energy, food or shelter innovations can improve the lives of underserved communities. But developing sustainable, system-level solutions requires co-creation and an inclusive approach. When partners from poor communities, NGOs, academia and governments co-create innovations, they are more likely to stick and provide higher benefits for all. We study and participate in such co-creative endeavours, seeking to tackle poverty and increase wellbeing.
New Global was an interdisciplinary innovation and action research project aiming to find pathways to solve global sustainability challenges. The project learnings are available on the New Global website.
EU-InnovatE is an EU-funded research project that investigates the innovative and entrepreneurial roles of end users to shape a green EU-economy.
Film about the EU-InnovatE initiative
This publication aims at showcasing how citizen-led sustainability innovation is becoming an emerging reality in Europe.
This Cookbook is a hands-on practitioner guide to the complex process of co-creation for sustainability.
The RECIBI project assessed the potential of circular bioeconomy for the sustainable renewal of manufacturing by a careful analysis of selected frontrunner cases in forest based industries in Finland and in Sweden.
This work aimed to clarify how alternative and complementary socio-technical pathways could be progressed for Finland in the transport sector.
The Bees and Trees project explores the potential for cooperation between small and large companies in consumer cleantech.
The guide brings together a wide range of programmes, financiers and possible partners in order to initiate sustainable business in developing markets.
Oppaaseen on koottu yhteen ohjelmia, rahoittajia ja mahdollisia kumppaneita, joita suomalainen yritys voi hyödyntää rakentaessaan kestävää ja köyhyyttä vähentävää liiketoimintaa kehitysmaissa.