Heli Nissilä

Heli Nissilä

Academy Research Fellow
Academy Research Fellow
E706 Dept. Management Studies

I conduct research in organization and management and sustainable energy transitions with a focus on nascent sustainability-driven markets and fields. My studies have used theoretical lenses such as collective action, framing and temporality as a negotiated construction of time during market and field emergence as well as the creation of sustainable niches during the energy transition. I use different types of qualitative data to develop novel theoretical insight in a phenomenon-driven manner.

I am currently engaged with a four-year fellowship funded by the Research Council of Finland, where I study the emergence of social and environmental impact assessment and the nascent impact investing market as a site for creating societal and environmental outcomes – on top of economic objectives. Besides impact investing, my empirical topics have covered the emergence of new renewable energy sources, especially solar energy, in the North.

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Nascent fields and markets, Sustainability in business, institutional theory, Temporality, Impact Assessment, Impact investing, Solar energy, Energy transition, Collective Action, Framing


  • Sustainability in Business


Doing Qualitative Research on Emerging Fields and Industries

Nina Granqvist, Galina Kallio, Heli Nissilä 2017 Routledge Companion to Qualitative Research in Organization Studies

Promoting residential renewable energy via peer-to-peer learning

Eva Heiskanen, Heli Nissilä, Pasi Tainio 2017 Applied Environmental Education and Communication

Small streams, diverse sources: Who invests in renewable energy in Finland during the financial downturn?

Eva Heiskanen, Mikko Jalas, Jouni Juntunen, Heli Nissilä 2017 Energy Policy

Everyday experimentation in energy transition

Mikko Jalas, Sampsa Hyysalo, Eva Heiskanen, Raimo Lovio, Ari Nissinen, Maija Mattinen, Jenny Rinkinen, Jouni K. Juntunen, Pasi Tainio, Heli Nissilä 2017 Journal of Cleaner Production

Constructing expectations for solar technology over multiple field-configuring events: a narrative perspective

Heli Nissilä, Tea Lempiälä, Raimo Lovio 2014 Science and Technology Studies

Expectations Work at Field-Forming Events: Constructing Narratives for Furthering Solar Technology

Heli Nissilä, Tea Lempiälä, Raimo Lovio 2014 Science and Technology Studies