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Who we are

We are a team of project developers and researchers working within the School of Forest Sciences of the University of Eastern Finland in areas related to bioenergy, societal aspects of forests, and forestry education. While the core group is currently formed by Dr. Sari Pitkänen, Dr. Javier Arevalo, Dr. Yohama Puentes, and Dr. Sabaheta Ramcilovik-Suominen, we collaborate (across disciplines and institutions) with researchers across the School of Forest Sciences, other units of the University of Eastern Finland, as well as our numerous international partners. For more information please click in the link Who we are.


Current projects related to bioenergy are:

  • BIODEV: Building Biocarbon and Rural Development in West Africa (2013-2016 project coordinated by the World Agroforestry Center)
  • Developing Bioenergy Governance (2011-2014 project led by Prof, Jarmo Kortelainen and funded under the Call for Innovative Research of the University of Eastern Finland)
  • Contested Bioenergy Governance (2012‐2015 project led by Prof, Jarmo Kortelainen and funded by the Academy of Finland)
  • Coordinating the project Hajautetut biojalostamot./ Decentralized biorefineries 2011-2014 (link in Solecris)

Current projects related to forestry education are:

Past projects include:


Other involvements

  • Board member in UniPID (Finnish University Partnership for International Development) since 2009
  • Participation in the Bioenergy Corridor Research Blog
  • Planning, coordinating and organizing a two year vocational education training "Current environmental law" (University of Joensuu, Adult Education) in 2003 - 2008
  • FTP Education Group, Chair in 2009 - 2012


A selection of our recent publications can be seen below. For a complete list, please click in the link Publications

  • Arevalo, J. Ochieng, R., Mola-Yudego, B. & Gritten, D. 2014. Understanding bioenergy conflicts: case of a jatropha project in Kenya's Tana Delta. Land Use Policy, 41, 138-148. DOI:10.1016/j.landusepol.2014.05.002 Available here

  • Arevalo, J., Halder, P., Kortelainen, J. & Mola-Yudego, B. 2014. Bioenergy: from local conflicts to global governance. OGEL Journal (in press) Advance copy here

  • Arevalo, J., Pitkänen, S. & Kirongo, B. 2014. Developing forestry curricula: experiences from a Kenyan-Finnish project. International Forestry Review, 16 (1) 78-86(9) Available here, HEI-ICI Kenya project
  • Halder, P., Arevalo, J., Tahvanainen, L. & Pelkonen, P. 2014. Challenges and opportunities associated with the development of forest-based bioenergy sector in India: Results from an expert survey. Challenges 5(1), 100-111 Available here

  • Arevalo, J., Mola-Yudego, B., Pelkonen, P., & Qu, M. 2012. Students’ views on forestry education: a cross-national comparison across three universities in Brazil, China and Finland. Forest Policy and Economics 25, 123-131 Available here
  • Leskinen, P., Kähkönen, T., Lähtinen, K., Pasanen, K., Pitkänen, S., Sironen, S., Myllyviita, T., Sikanen, L. & Asikainen, A. 2012. Moniulotteinen kestävyyden arviointikehikko puuenergian tuotannolle. Suomen ympäristö 9/2012
  • Qu, M., Pelkonen, P., Tahvanainen, L, Arevalo, J, & Gritten, D. 2012. Experts' assessment on the development of wood framed houses in China. Journal of Cleaner Production, 31, 100-105 Available here
  • Sikanen, L. and Pitkänen S. (eds). 2011. Joensuu Forestry Networking Week 2011 - Forests and Energy, Final Report. Forest Energy Observer
  • Arevalo, J., Pitkänen, S., Gritten, D. & Tahvanainen, L. 2010. Market-relevant competencies for professional foresters in European graduate education. International Forestry Review 12 (3) 200-208 Available here, IPFE