Mikko J. Virtanen (PI), DSocSci
Mikko Virtanen is an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the University of Helsinki and works as a Senior Lecturer in the discipline. He acts as the Principal Investigator of Climakedo and is also a core member of Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS). Mikko is interested in both general issues of social theory, social science methodology and qualitative research methods and topical phenomena related to environment and climate, health and ethics, and science and technology. In his recent work on infrastructures of climate knowledge, HPV vaccination and energy transportation, Mikko combines his theoretical scholarship and accurate multi-sited research to generate original outputs of both case studies and research design building.

Kamilla Karhunmaa, DSocSci
Kamilla Karhunmaa is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki. She defended her thesis “Imagining energy transitions: Carbon neutrality in Finland” in June 2021. Kamilla has a background in environmental policy and science and technology studies and has worked on climate and energy issues for the last ten years. Her research interests include the role of science in society, the politics of knowledge production and different modes of environmental governance. Kamilla currently lives in Belgium and is a visiting researcher at Spiral, University of Liège. Previously, Kamilla has been a visiting research fellow at the Science, Technology and Society Programme at Harvard University and worked at Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku.


Tapio Reinekoski, MSocSci
Tapio Reinekoski is a doctoral researcher in sociology at Tampere University. He studies crisis decision-making practices and the development of experimental policy tools for making do with knowledge and research, especially in efforts to take on climate and environmental change. Tapio works mainly with two Strategic Research Council (Academy of Finland) projects, WISE and LONGRISK.



Tomi Lehtimäki, DSocSci
Tomi Lehtimäki is a sociologist who focuses on environmental issues, food and agriculture, and pragmatic sociology. His doctoral thesis examines the development of organic agriculture in Finland from the perspective of public justification. Currently he is working in the Strategic Research Council’s (Academy of Finland) project Silent agents affected by legislation (SILE), where he focuses on topics related to animal welfare and how the interests of animals are accounted for in law.

Research Network

In the Climakedo project, we are collaborating with several national and international partners, including:

Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science

Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities

The Centre for Research on Environmental and Social Change (CRESC), University of Antwerp

The Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)

Spiral Centre, the University of Liège

The Academy of Finland funded WISE-project

The Academy of Finland funded LONGRISK-project