What Is an Eco-Welfare State -seminar – 21 January 2020

In the coming decade, societies need to adjust human activities within environmental limits while ensuring that the policies introduced are societally legitimate and fair. Welfare states such as Finland need to transform into eco-welfare states.

So far, not a single country has achieved a high level of well-being in an ecologically sustainable way. The current and emergent policy tools, governance models and prior research are fragmented and insufficient for reaching this goal.

This event brings together leading Finnish and international scholars and practitioners to discuss the topic:

  • How to approach transformations towards eco-welfare states?
  • What kind of research knowledge and practical mechanisms would help public authorities to effectively steer and facilitate the systemic change needed?
  • How to define and picture an eco-welfare state?
  • Time: 21 January 2020 at 15:00 – 18:00
  • Venue: Kaisa House, Kaisa Room (7th floor, room #7062), Fabianinkatu 30, Helsinki

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15.00 Opening words 

Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki, adjunct professor/research director (University of Helsinki/STN)

15.10 Eco-welfare state in the making: New research agenda 

Liisa Häikiö, Professor, Tampere University

Commentator: Marja Järvelä (Professor emerita, University of Jyväskylä)

15.40 When global challenges become operationalised, the political goals evolve to systemic transformations 

Eeva Furman, Professor, Finnish Environment Institute

Commentator: Annika Lindblom (Secretary General, National Commission on Sustainable Development)

16.10 Discussion and reflections

16.30 One transformation, or many? 

Peter Biegelbauer, Senior Scientist, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology  

Commentator: Jaakko Kuosmanen (Secretary of Academy, Science Advisory Initiative of Finland)

17.00 Innovative public procurement and grand challenges 

Matti Pihlajamaa, Senior Scientist, VTT Technical Research

Commentator: Anna Tonteri (Leading Specialist, Sitra)

17.30 Discussion and reflections

17.50 Closing remarks

The event is organized jointly by Towards Eco-Welfare State: Orchestrating for Systemic Impact (ORSI) project funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland and the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS).

For more information, please contact:

Tuuli Hirvilammi, tuuli.hirvilammi@tuni.fi
Annukka Berg, annukka.berg@ymparisto.fi
Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki, kaisa.korhonen@helsinki.fi  

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