Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

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Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
Latokartanonkaari 9
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Mikko Kurttila

PhD. Mikko Kurttila

Principal Researcher

His main research topic has been multi-objective forest management, especially in supporting private forest owners’ decision-making, recently also ecosystem services and NWFPs. He is familiar with research related to governance mechanisms that support forest biodiversity protection.

Harri Hänninen

M.Sc. (Agr. & For.) Harri Hänninen

Research scientist in Forest and Land use policy

He has extensive experience in the research of landowners, sample theories, survey methods and statistical analysis of survey data.


PhD. Jussi Leppänen

Research scientist in Forest and Agricultural Economics

His research interests include forest policy (legislation, public support and taxation), land ownership, rural development, roundwood markets and profitability of forestry.


PhD. Esa-Jussi Viitala

Senior Scientist in Natural Resource Economics with extensive experience in the fields of forest and natural resource economics and policy

He is especially interested in transdisciplinary research and has two MSc-degrees, in Economics and in Forest Ecology. His PhD is in Forest Economics. His research interests include landowner behaviour, forest conservation, environmental contracts, state aid, sustainability, natural capital and green financing.

Emmi Haltia

PhD. Emmi Haltia

Senior Scientist

Her research interests include landowner behaviour and decision making, behavioral economics, valuation of ecosystem services, survey methods including stated preference methods and statistical analysis of survey data. Her PhD is in Forest Economics.

Oili Tarvainen

PhD. Oili Tarvainen

Research Scientist
Katri Hamunen

PhD. Katri Hamunen

Research Scientist

Her research focuses on private forest owners’ communities and their decision making, forest related small-scale business in rural areas and the social aspects within these contexts.