The confirmed Keynote lecturers are:

D.Sc. Anne Brunila is the Executive Vice President at Fortum Corporations and responsible of  Corporate Relations and Sustainability since 2009. She has served as the President and CEO of Finnish Forest Industries Federation and has had several positions at the Ministry of Finance, at The Bank of Finland and at European Commission.

She is currently also Member of the Boards of Kone Oyj, Sampo Oyj, Aalto University Foundation, The Research Institute of Finnish Economy ETLA, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA and Economic Information Office. Member of State ownership steering group, Member of Confederation of European Paper Industries CEPI, Member of the extended  executive group of Confederation of Finnish Industries EK, Member of International Council of Forest and Paper Associations ICFPA, Member of the Finnish Delegation of International Chamber of Commerce, Member of the high-level working group for forest sector and Chairman of  the working group for investments of the Finnish-Russian Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation and a Member of the Advisory Council of the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.

Prof. Richard Aspinall is Chief Executive of the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute. He has been Director of the Geography and Regional Science Program at the U.S. National Science Foundation, Professor of Geography at Arizona State University, Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences and Director of the Geographic Information and Analysis Centre at Montana State University.

His research concentrates on land use change at the interface of coupled natural and human systems, sustainable development, GIS, environmental modelling, and environmental geography. He has participated in many EU and US research projects. He is editor of the Journal of Land Use Science, editor of the environmental sciences section of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, and a member of the international Science Steering Committee of the IHDP/IGBP Global Land Project, as well as the UK Committee for the International Human Dimensions Programme.

Prof. Peter Nijkamp is a professor of Regional, Urban and Environmental Economics at the Free University, Amsterdam. He has been heavily involved in environmental research and environmental economics, both theoretically and empirically. His main research interests cover plan evaluation, multicriteria analysis, regional and urban planning, transport systems analysis, mathematical modelling, technological innovation, and resource management. In the past years he has focused his research in particular on quantitative methods for policy analysis, as well as on behavioural analysis of economic agents.

He has a broad expertise in the area of public policy, services planning, infrastructure management and environmental protection. In all these fields he has published many books and numerous articles. He is member of editorial boards of more than 20 journals. He has been visiting professor in many universities all over the world. He is past president of the European Regional Science Association and of the Regional Science Association International. He is also fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, and is immediate past vice-president of this organisation. Since June 2002 he serves as president of the governing board of the Netherlands Research Council (NWO).

Prof. Alan Warde is a professor of Sociology at University of Manchester and Co-Director of the ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition (CRIC). CRIC’s research projects have included the development of consumer theories with particular emphasis on food and economic sociology. Alan Warde is currently also a professor of the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, and addresses sustainable consumption at Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies. The Erkko professorship is intended in particular for research into social justice and the future of the welfare society.

Prof Warde’s current substantive work is concerned with: sustainable consumption; the sociology of consumption, especially the changing patterns of cultural consumption and the emergence of consumer culture in Europe; cultural omnivorousness; the sociology of food, particularly change in habits; consumer politics; social capital and political participation; social networks and their role in class formation and cultural consumption; social class analysis; professions; time-use; the market research industry; the analysis of social change; social and cultural elites in Europe.

We will also hear the State of Finland’s greetings from the Permanent Secretary, Ms. Hannele Pokka (Ministry of the Environment).

In addition, we will have an expert panel chaired by Prof. Markku Wilenius (Finland Futures Research Centre) and consisting among others of

  • Prof. Em. Pentti Malaska (Finland Futures Research Centre),
  • Prof. Mario Giampietro (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain),
  • Prof. Sergio Ulgiati (Parthenope University of Naples, Italy) and
  • Mr. Oras Tynkkynen (Member of the Finnish Parliament).