Our multidisciplinary research related to the environment and natural resources produces information and solutions for tackling complex sustainability issues. In order to tackle the climate crisis, prevent the impoverishment of nature, and ensure the sufficiency of natural resources, our societies need to acquire the competence for systemic sustainable solutions and information on the effects and agents of change.
Our research combines natural, social, legal, business, forest, health, nutrition, and cultural sciences, creating a knowledge base for the bioeconomy, the circular economy, the energy revolution, more sustainable mineral economies and water supply use, sustainable development, and building a carbon-neutral society. Our research also addresses the contamination of air, water and soil, including the management of these three natural resources. Interdisciplinary in nature, our research seeks solutions to environmental challenges and decision-making problems that no agent or discipline can resolve on their own, faced with problems related to the relevance of information, various rights and values, and complex impact chains.
Our multidisciplinary research has produced information on the impact of aerosols on climate change, carbon sinks and sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and the governance of climate and energy solutions. We provide decision-makers with information on the adverse effects that air quality and anthropogenic emissions have on human health and the well-being of the environment. We have done research on topics such as the acceptance and local sustainability of the forest and mining industries, corporate social responsibility, and regulations. We produce both local and global information on multi-purpose forestry and forest use, biodiversity, and the challenges of the bioeconomy. We do research on the consumer markets for innovative forest-based products and services and the business models of companies operating in the bioeconomy, while promoting sustainable business development in the forest bioeconomy. Other focus areas of research are the adaptive control of water supplies and the usability of certain technical applications in the monitoring and purification of water. Our circular economy research creates technological, legal, social, and business solutions for the transition from linear to circular economy. In natural sciences, photonics is strongly involved and widely used in measuring, testing, and various sustainable solutions.