Vilma Christina Sandström

Vilma Christina Sandström

Postdoctoral Researcher
Postdoctoral Researcher
T213 Built Environment
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Built Environment

My research interests cover a wide range of topics related to (food systems) sustainability transformations. My backgound is in environmental science and policy, and in my PhD (University of Helsinki, 2018) I studied food trade and the displacement of environmental impacts through it.

Currently I work as a postdoctoral researcher in Water and development research group. I focus on studying the use of food systems by-products as a way to increase the more efficient and sustainable use of natural resources. I explore and map the material flows and resource competition between the different parts of the food system.

My work is part of the Sustainable food futures within safe operating spaces - SOS.aquaterra- project. The project aims to identify feasible solutions to meet future food demand globally while staying within local and global safe operating spaces (SOS), such as planetary boundaries. In the project, we will develop a novel integrated modelling system that captures interactions between the relevant planetary boundary processes and the global food system. We will also assess the social feasibility of different measures that would ease the pressure food production puts on the environment. Project is funded by a H2020 ERC CoG grant.

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Food systems, Sustainability, Natural resources, Food security, Environmental science, Systems thinking, 218 Environmental engineering, 999 Others, Environmental research

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  • Water and Environmental Eng., Postdoctoral Researcher


Agricultural input shocks affect crop yields more in the high-yielding areas of the world

Aino Ahvo, Matias Heino, Vilma Sandström, Daniel Chrisendo, Mika Jalava, Matti Kummu 2023 Nature food

Environmental communication for expert audiences - experimenting three approaches

Johanna Jämsä, Vilma Sandström, Jani Holopainen, Sirkku Juhola, Tuomo Kalliokoski, Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki, Veera Lyytikäinen, Osmo Mattila, Janna Pietikäinen, Katriina Soini 2023 Applied Environmental Education and Communication

Disparate history of transgressing planetary boundaries for nutrients

V. Sandström, J. Kaseva, M. Porkka, M. Kuisma, Y. Sakieh, H. Kahiluoto 2023 Global Environmental Change

Towards circular food systems in Europe

Vilma Sandström, Matti Kummu 2023 Nature food

Quantifying Earth system interactions for sustainable food production via expert elicitation

Anna Chrysafi, Vili Virkki, Mika Jalava, Vilma Sandström, Johannes Piipponen, Miina Porkka, Steven J. Lade, Kelsey La Mere, Lan Wang-Erlandsson, Laura Scherer, Lauren S. Andersen, Elena Bennett, Kate A. Brauman, Gregory S. Cooper, Adriana De Palma, Petra Doell, Andrea S. Downing, Timothy C. DuBois, Ingo Fetzer, Elizabeth A. Fulton, Dieter Gerten, Hadi Jaafar, Jonas Jägermeyr, Fernando Jaramillo, Martin Jung, Helena Kahiluoto, Luis Lassaletta, Anson W. Mackay, Daniel Mason-D'Croz, Mesfin M. Mekonnen, Kirsty L. Nash, Amandine Pastor, Navin Ramankutty, Brad Ridoutt, Stefan Siebert, Benno Simmons, Arie Staal, Zhongxiao Sun, Arne Tobian, Arkaitz Usubiaga-Liano, Ruud J. van der Ent, Arnout van Soesbergen, Peter H. Verburg, Yoshihide Wada, Sam Zipper, Matti Kummu 2022 Nature Sustainability

Crop Yield Loss Risk Is Modulated by Anthropogenic Factors

Pekka Kinnunen, Matias Heino, Vilma Sandström, Maija Taka, Deepak K. Ray, Matti Kummu 2022 Earth's Future

Food system by-products upcycled in livestock and aquaculture feeds can increase global food supply

Vilma Sandström, Anna Chrysafi, Marjukka Lamminen, Max Troell, Mika Jalava, Johannes Piipponen, Stefan Siebert, Ollie van Hal, Vili Virkki, Matti Kummu 2022 Nature food

GHH framework for understanding wicked environmental problems

Risto Willamo, Charlotta Holmström, Leena Helenius, Vilma Christina Sandström, Essi Toini Inkeri Huotari, Liisa Haapanen, A. Nuotiomäki, Laura Kalliokoski, Pihla Salminen, Katariina Kaarre, Ulla Värre, J. Happonen, Liisa Kolehmainen 2019

Forest resources of nations in relation to human well-being

Pekka E. Kauppi, Vilma Christina Sandström, Antti Lipponen 2018 PloS one