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Paula Siitonen

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Artistic and research interests

Dr. Paula Siitonen is a scientist, educator, facilitator and entrepreneur, interested in enriching dynamics in complex environments. She helps individuals, groups and organizations to release diversity and hidden talents in us all, and co-create innovations, sustainability and wellbeing. Paula teaches creative cooperation, communication, facilitation, participation and dispute resolution at Aalto University Department of Design. Her research centers on the development and use of participatory decision and systems analytic approaches, creative cooperation, and species dynamics in complex environments. She has directed a broad range of research projects funded by industries, the Academy of Finland and other funding agencies. She has worked as a researcher in Systems Analysis Laboratory at Aalto University and for ten years as a scientist and senior scientist in Finnish Environment Institute. Paula holds visiting lectures, courses and executive trainings. She is a founder and a co-founder of two companies. In addition to Finland, she has worked in particular in Brazil, East Africa and West Balkans. She holds a Ph.D. in ecology and MSc in geography, and explores new ways to enhance creativity and sustainability on the edges of the art and science.


  • Creativity
  • Creative Cooperation
  • Systems Intlelligence
  • Systems Analysis
  • Participatory Methods
  • Facilitation
  • Mediation
  • Conflict resolution
  • Biodiversity
  • Sustainability
  • Innovation
  • Sustainable use of natural resources
  • Nature conservation
  • Communication
  • Ecosystems
  • MCDA

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Research Output

  • 3 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Working paper

Enriching dynamics for the sustainable conservation of Atlantic Forests in North-East Brazil

Siitonen, P., Tabarelli, M. & Santos, A., 2008, Research collaboration on responsible Natural Resource Management. Helsinki: University of Helsinki, p. 77-78 2 p. (Tropical Forestry Reports; no. 36).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionProfessional

Effects of Forest Edges on the Distribution, Abundance, and Regional Persistence of Wood-Rotting Fungi

Siitonen, P., Lehtinen, A. & Siitonen, M., 2005, In : Conservation Biology. 19, 1, p. 250-260

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

39 Citations (Scopus)

From Conflict Management to Systems Intelligence in Forest Conservation Decision Making

Hämäläinen, R. & Siitonen, P., 2004, Systems Intelligence: discovering a hidden competence in human action and organizational life. Espoo: Helsinki University of Technology, p. 199-214 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Open Access

Selecting forest reserves with a multiobjective spatial algorithm

Siitonen, P., Tanskanen, A. & Lehtinen, A., 2003, In : Environmental Science and Policy. 6, p. 301-309

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

21 Citations (Scopus)


Bäckström, T., Brummer, V., Kling, T. & Siitonen, P., 2003, Espoo: Helsinki University of Technology, 240 p. (Systems Analysis Laboratory Research Reports; no. B23).

Research output: Working paperProfessional

Open Access