Heli Nissilä


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Artistic and research interests

I conduct research in organization and management and sustainable energy transitions with a focus on nascent sustainability-driven markets and fields. My studies have used theoretical lenses such as collective action, framing and temporality as a negotiated construction of time during market and field emergence as well as the creation of sustainable niches during the energy transition. I use different types of qualitative data to develop novel theoretical insight in a phenomenon-driven manner.

I am currently engaged with a four-year fellowship funded by the Research Council of Finland, where I study the emergence of social and environmental impact assessment and the nascent impact investing market as a site for creating societal and environmental outcomes – on top of economic objectives. Besides impact investing, my empirical topics have covered the emergence of new renewable energy sources, especially solar energy, in the North.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Dr.Sc.(Tech.), Aalto University School of Science

Award Date: 31 Mar 2020

Doctoral degree, Business and Economics, Aalto University

Award Date: 30 Mar 2020

Master's degree, Business and Economics, Helsinki School of Economics

Award Date: 27 Jun 2008


  • Nascent fields and markets
  • Sustainability in business
  • institutional theory
  • Temporality
  • Impact Assessment
  • Impact investing
  • Solar energy
  • Energy transition
  • Collective Action
  • Framing


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