The Finnish Technological Sublime: Perceptions, imagination and self-representations of large-scale energy projects, 1928-2020

Project Details


Finland is facing the major socio-technical challenge of transitioning to a carbon-neutral society by 2035. In order to identify the requisite conditions for public acceptance of that change, we should consider how the first energy transition is remembered as we approach the second one. As such, this project's overarching research question is how does Finnish society view its relationship with technology and democratic agency, and what could this relationship imply about Finland's current socio-technical transition towards a carbon-neutral society? To answer this question, the research looks at three case studies of Finnish communities: Imatra, Loviisa, and Kemijärvi. Imatra and Kemijärvi have large hydropower plants, whilst Loviisa is the location of Finland's first nuclear power plant. By using interview evidence and archival sources, this research brings new insights into people's imaginations and mindsets.
AcronymSahrakorpi Tiia
Effective start/end date01/09/202131/08/2024

Collaborative partners

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 project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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