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Top Researchers in Environmental Management

Our student ambassadors have carefully curated lists of professionals who have made a significant impact on sustainability in their industry.

From Finnish CEOs to entrepreneurs from Sri Lanka, the professionals hand-picked on this list come from a variety of professions and countries.

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Top Researchers in Environmental Management

This list contains some of the top researchers in the field of environmental management. It includes high-class lecturers from Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands.

They have been selected based on the following criteria:

  • They are training students and lecturing at top universities in Finland, Denmark, and the Netherlands;
  • They have published different articles on environmental management;
  • They have given contributions towards achieving carbon reduction and ethical responsibility.

Risto Soukka

Risto Soukka is the current Head of the Environmental Technology Department at Lappeenranta – Lahti University of Technology LUT.

Risto Soukka is an expert in life cycle assessment, carbon handprint, and carbon footprint.

He has published over 150 researched articles in his field. 

Risto Soukka was the chairman of an MTT led project called Hierarchynet which was financed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

He is a member of the Academic Council in the School of Energy Systems at Lappeenranta University of Technology since January 2019.


Soukka, R, Kasurinen, H., Vatanen, S., Grönman, K., Pajula, T., Lakanen, L., and Salmela, O., 2019. “Carbon Handprint: Potential Climate Benefits of a Novel Liquid-Cooled Base Station with Waste Heat Reuse“, Energies, 12 (23), p. 4452.

Lassi Linnanen

Lassi Linnanen is a Professor of Environmental Management and Economics at Lappeenranta – Lahti University of Technology LUT.

Lassi Linnanen is the first Professor of Environmental Management in Finland.

He also wrote the first textbook of corporate environmental management in Finnish.

Lassi Linnanen’s research work covers a broad range of topical issues in sustainability science, such as circular economy, food and energy system transition, bioenergy, nutrient recovery, sustainable innovations, corporate responsibility strategies, and life cycle assessment.


Luhas, J., Mikkilä, M., Uusitalo, V. and Linnanen, L., 2019. “Product Diversification in Sustainability Transition: The Forest-Based Bioeconomy in Finland“. Sustainability, 11 (12), p. 3293.

Michael Hauschild

Michael Hauschild is a professor at the Department of Planning, Innovation and Management at the Technical University of Denmark.

He has worked there for over two decades and he is responsible for lecturing and conducting research activities focused on Life Cycle Engineering.

Michael’s skills include life cycle assessment, carbon footprint, environmental engineering, and life cycle thinking.

Michael Hauschild has won prizes for his work on Life Cycle Impact Assessment.


Leclerc, A., Hauschild, M., Wood, R. and Laurent, A., 2020. “Building national emission inventories for the energy sector: Implications for life cycle assessment and nations environmental footprinting“. Science of The Total Environment, 708, p. 135119.

Sanni Väisänen

Sanni Väisänen currently works at the Department of Sustainability Science in the research group of Life Cycle Management at LUT School of Energy Systems in Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT).

Sanni is specialized in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and carbon footprint, biofuels, land use GHG emissions, Life Cycle Costing (LCC), renewable energy systems, circular economy, and sustainability assessment.

She has published over 20 articles in her field of expertise.


Patala, S., Jalkala, A., Keränen, J., Väisänen, S., Tuominen, V. and Soukka, R., 2016. “Sustainable value propositions: Framework and implications for technology suppliers.Industrial Marketing Management, 59, pp. 144-156.

Mirja Mikkilä

Mirja Mikkilä works as Associate Professor at the Department of Sustainability Science at the Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology.

Mirja Mikkilä is an expert in sustainability, environmental economics, and sustainability transition.

One of her research focuses on the profitability and sustainability of renewable and non-renewable natural resource governance and utilization, as well as on sustainable transition within the forest-based bioeconomy.

Mirja Mikkilä has been working actively for over 15 years on four continents.


Toppinen, Anne, Mikkilä, Mirja, Lähtinen, Katja,2019. “ISO 26000 in Corporate Sustainability Practices: A Case Study of the Forest and Energy Companies in Bioeconomy: Practices, Cases and Controversies“. SN  – 978-3-319-92650-6

Katariina Koistinen

Katariina Koistinen is a postgraduate researcher at the University of Turku. She has been lecturing about environmental and sustainability at the university for over five years.

Katariina Koistinen has over twelve research publications in her name.


Koistinen, K., Teerikangas, S., Mikkilä, M. and Linnanen, L., 2019. “Active sustainability actors: A life course approach“. Sustainable Development, 28(1), pp.208-223.

Christian Breyer

Christian Breyer is a Professor of Solar Economy at LUT University, Finland.

His areas of expertise are renewable energy, energy transition, and solar energy.

Christian Breyer was the Managing Director and Scientific Director for systemic considerations of renewable energies at the Reiner Lemoine Institut GmbH (Berlin, Germany) between 07/2011 – 12/2013.

He also held the position of Senior Expert for Market Development (Sales Department), Q-Cells SE (now Hanwha Q.Cells GmbH), and Bitterfeld-Wolfen in Germany between 03/2009 – 06/2011.

Christian Breyer won the best paper award at the ‘Renewable Energy Mix and Economics – 6th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion’, held in Kyoto in November 2014.


Gulagi, A., Ram, M., Solomon, A., Khan, M. and Breyer, C., 2020. “Current energy policies and possible transition scenarios adopting renewable energy: A case study for Bangladesh“. Renewable Energy, 155, pp.899-920.

Alexis Laurent

Alexis Laurent is an Associate Professor in Quantitative Assessment and Interpretation of Environmental Sustainability. Alexis Laurent’s research interests are environmental sustainability assessment, the development of methods and indicators for assessing performances towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and life cycle impact assessment methods, including normalization aspects and Environmental footprinting of products and systems.


Laurent, A., Olsen, S. and Hauschild, M., 2012. “Limitations of Carbon Footprint as Indicator of Environmental Sustainability“. Environmental Science & Technology, 46(7), pp. 4100-4108.

Dr. Jeroen Guinée

Dr. Jeroen Guinée has been working at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) at Leiden University for over thirty years.

Jeroen Guinée’s research focuses on life cycle assessment (LCA) and substance flow analysis (SFA).

He lectures an advanced LCA course for Industrial Ecology.

Dr. Jeroen Guinée has written over 50 publications for international scientific journals and books. He was the coordinator of an inter-university project on metals for four years.


Blanco, C., Cucurachi, S., Guinée, J., Vijver, M., Peijnenburg, W., Trattnig, R. and Heijungs, R., 2020. “Assessing the sustainability of emerging technologies: A probabilistic LCA method applied to advanced photovoltaics“. Journal of Cleaner Production, 259, p.120968.

Laura Sokka

Laura Sokka is a Senior Scientist at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, where she has been working for over a decade.

Laura is an expert in life cycle assessment (LCA), carbon footprinting, and environmental impact assessment. Laura also has experience in the field of environmental policy decision-support.

Laura Sokka is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a contributing author for one of the IPCC reports.


Turunen, M.T., et. al., Ch. 6 “Impact Analysis and Consequences of Change” (2017)

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