Publications and Presentations


Peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals

Isoaho, K. and Karhunmaa, K. (2019) A critical review of discursive approaches in energy transitions, Energy Policy, open access.

Karhunmaa, K (2018) Attaining carbon neutrality in Finnish parliamentary and city council debates, Futures, open access

Antal, M. and Karhunmaa, K. (2018) The German energy transition in the British, Finnish and Hungarian news media, Nature Energy, DOI 

Karhunmaa, K. (2016) Opening up storylines of co-benefits in voluntary carbon markets: An analysis of household energy technology projects in developing countries, Energy Research and Social Science 14, pp.71-79

Käkönen, M., Lebel, L., Karhunmaa, K., Dany, V., Try, T. (2014) Rendering Climate Change Governable in the Least Developed Countries: Policy Narratives and Expert Technologies in Cambodia, Forum for Development Studies 41 (3), pp. 351-376

Publications and Scientific Reports

Karhunmaa, K., Pitkänen, O., and Tuominen V. (2015) Assessing the co-benefits of household energy technology carbon offset projects. FFRC eBOOK 5/2015. Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku, 87p. ISBN 978-952-249-392-7.

Luukkanen, J. Kuria, P., Käkönen, M., Karhunmaa, K., Karjalainen, J., Warah, R., Msoka, C., Toroskainen, K. Development Futures in Kenya and Tanzania Beyond 2015, FFRC eBOOK 1/2015. Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku, 153p. ISBN 978-952-249-304-0

Pyhälä, A., Kuria, P., Käkönen, M., Karjalainen, J., Karhunmaa, K. Warah, R. Luukkanen, J., ’Post-2015 development (non-)debates: Perspectives from Kenya’, in New Challenges for Cooperation of European and Developing Countries, Proceedings from International EADI Conference, April 19 2013, Prague

Käkönen, M., Karhunmaa, K., Bruun, O., Kaisti, H., Tuominen, V., Thuon, T. & Luukkanen, J. Climate Mitigation in the Least Carbon Emitting Countries. Dilemmas of Co-benefits in Cambodia and Laos. FFRC eBOOK 3/2013. Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku. 121 p. ISBN 978-952-249-257-9.

Blog posts and popular media

Is the German energy transition a success or a failure?” at Behind the Paper, Nature Research Behavioural and Social Sciences

Why We Should Care About the Fate of Climate Science“, with Jens Marquardt at Harvard STS Vignettes


New roles, actors and strategies seeking to influence Finnish energy policies, European Association for Science and Technology Studies (EASST), 25-28 July 2018

A critical review of discursive approach in energy transitions, Energizing Futures – Sustainable Development and Energy in Transition, Tampere, 13-14 June 2018

Carbon neutrality and feasible futures in Finnish parliamentary and city council debates at Grappling with the Futures: Insights from History, Philosophy and Science and Technology Studies, Harvard University and Boston University, 29-30 April 2018

Navigating the gap: maintaining and modifying the science-policy gap in energy policy debates in Finland at 4S Annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science, Boston, 30 August – 2 September 2017

I) The role of actors in energy transitions in Finland II) The German energy transition in the media in the UK, Finland, and Hungary: what an example?! and III) How have framing and discourse approaches contributed to analyzing energy transitions? A critical review of empirical cases at Nordic Environmental Social Science conference, Tampere, 6-8 June 2017

Expectations for energy policy at local and national levels in Finland, Sociology days, Tampere, 23-24 March 2017

Disruptive knowledge brokerage: the case of an expert group on energy policy in Finland at 3rd Energy and Society conference, Leipzig, 12-14 September 2016

Exploring temporal politics in Finnish energy policy discussions at International Sustainability Transitions conference, Wuppertal, 6-9 September 2016

Unraveling contention in transition framings in Finnish energy discussions at 4S/EASST conference, Barcelona, 31 August – 3 September 2015

Exploring the temporal narratives of energy policy at Summer school ‘Technoscience societies: between myth formation and societal structure’, San Sebastian, 18-22 July 2016

How do experts influence energy policy debates? at Sociology days Jyväskylä, 17-18 March 2016

Gaps in current approaches assessing the co-benefits of carbon offset projects: the case of household energy technology at Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference, Trondheim, 9-11 June 2015

Small-scale carbon projects and sustainable development: Identifying storylines for monitoring development impacts at Sustainable Futures in a Changing Climate, Helsinki, 11-12 June 2014.

Mitigation initiatives in the Mekong Region: Measuring sustainable development impacts of carbon projects at Finland Futures Research Centre and Royal University of Phnom Penh workshop ‘Climate Change Policies in the Mekong Region and Cambodia: Identifying research gaps and needs’, 14 March 2013, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Climate mitigation in the least carbon emitting countries: What role for donors in Cambodia and Laos? Presentation at Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland seminar ‘Climate Change Responses in Finnish Development Policy: A seminar on the final reports of the research projects carried out by SYKE and University of Turku’, 9.11.2012, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Helsinki

Climate funding: setting the scene, Invited keynote at Nexus workshop “Fairness and Transparency in Climate Funding: Taking into account the needs of the poorest populations”, 11 May 2012, Bangkok, Thailand.