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Artistic and research interests

My research interests cover a wide range of topics related to (food systems) sustainability transformations. My backgound is in environmental science and policy, and in my PhD (University of Helsinki, 2018) I studied food trade and the displacement of environmental impacts through it.

Currently I work as a postdoctoral researcher in Water and development research group. I focus on studying the use of food systems by-products as a way to increase the more efficient and sustainable use of natural resources. I explore and map the material flows and resource competition between the different parts of the food system.

My work is part of the Sustainable food futures within safe operating spaces - SOS.aquaterra- project. The project aims to identify feasible solutions to meet future food demand globally while staying within local and global safe operating spaces (SOS), such as planetary boundaries. In the project, we will develop a novel integrated modelling system that captures interactions between the relevant planetary boundary processes and the global food system. We will also assess the social feasibility of different measures that would ease the pressure food production puts on the environment. Project is funded by a H2020 ERC CoG grant.

Keywords

  • Food systems
  • Sustainability
  • Natural resources
  • Food security
  • Environmental science
  • Systems thinking

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Research Output

GHH framework for understanding wicked environmental problems

Willamo, R., Holmström, C., Helenius, L., Sandström, V. C., Huotari, E. T. I., Haapanen, L., Nuotiomäki, A., Kalliokoski, L., Salminen, P., Kaarre, K., Värre, U., Happonen, J. & Kolehmainen, L., 29 Aug 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterScientific

Forest resources of nations in relation to human well-being

Kauppi, P. E., Sandström, V. C. & Lipponen, A., 14 May 2018, In : PloS one.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 12 Citations (Scopus)

    Learning how to understand complexity and deal with sustainability challenges – A framework for a comprehensive approach and its application in university education

    Willamo, R., Helenius, L., Holmström, C., Haapanen, L., Sandström, V., Huotari, E., Kaarre, K., Värre, U., Nuotiomäki, A., Happonen, J. & Kolehmainen, L., 2018, In : Ecological Modelling. 370, p. 1-13

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    The role of trade in the greenhouse gas footprints of EU diets

    Sandström, V., Valin, H., Krisztin, T., Havlík, P., Herrero, M. & Kastner, T., Dec 2018, In : GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY. 19, p. 48-55

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 11 Citations (Scopus)

    Projects

    Press / Media

    Vegan Diets Better for Planet Than Eating Local Produce, Study Finds

    Vilma Sandström

    17/12/2018

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    Vegetarian Diet Beats Local in Lowering Climate Footprint

    Vilma Sandström

    19/11/2018

    3 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    How adopting a vegan diet will reduce your carbon footprint

    Vilma Sandström

    24/10/2018

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    Vegetarian Diet Beats Keeping it Local to Reduce Carbon Footprint

    Vilma Sandström

    24/10/2018

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    For a lower climate footprint, vegetarian diet beats local

    Vilma Sandström

    23/10/201824/10/2018

    5 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance