Social Scientific Biosociety Research Network (SOBIO)

Research group

Social Scientific Biosociety Research Network (SOBIO) is a social science focused, cross-sectoral and collaborative network to approach sustainable circular bioeconomy/society solutions.

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As a multidisciplinary research network SOBIO brings together researchers from several disciplines: environmental policy, human geography, forest sciences, social sciesces and business studies.
SOBIO constitutes one of the research networks of UEF Bioeconomy Research Networks and it is a vital part of the LYY network: The Institute for Natural Resources, Environment and Society (LYY).


Faculty of Science and Forestry

Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies

Group description

SOBIO network coordinator:

PhD scholar Daniela Nousiainen (School of Forest Sciences)

PhD scholar Kaisa Vainio (School of Forest Sciences; human relalationships with nature, multispecies communities, local perspectives, land-use planning)

SOBIO Scientific Board:

Professor Irmeli Mustalahti (environmental policy; responsive natural resources governance; participation)

Professor Teppo Hujala (School of Forest Sciences; forest bioeconomy foresight; family forest owners’ decision-making; co-design of new businesses)

Research Scientist Henna Konu (Natural Resources Institute Finland LUKE; tourism research and development projects, well-being and nature-based tourism)

Assistant Professor  Moritz Albrecht (bioeconomy assemblages, policy translation, relational environmental governance)

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