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Salla Rantala

Salla Rantala

Senior Researcher

PhD. (Forest Sciences)

Email: firstname.surname(at)
Tel. +358 2952 51257

Finnish Environment Institute, Environmental Policy Centre
Latokartanonkaari 11, 00790 Helsinki, Finland

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Research and expertise

  • Forest and climate governance
  • Knowledge governance
  • Interactive methods and knowledge co-production
  • Sustainable development and sustainability science
  • Development cooperation
  • Decentralized renewable energy systems


I have been working as a researcher and expert on environmental governance at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) since 2014. Previously, I have worked in research and development cooperation in the global South (Eastern and Southern Africa, Central America and South East Asia), focusing on forests, climate change and rural livelihoods. My PhD research concerned the local governance processes and social impacts of forest conservation in Tanzania. Questions of equity and legitimacy in forest and climate governance, for instance in the context of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), have also been central to my research, broadly covering the political and institutional dimensions of natural resource governance.

Current work

My current major research interest is the governance of knowledge about natural resources in the age of digitalization. The GODICO project (Governing Digital Commons: Governance Frameworks for the Opening and Sharing of Natural Resource Knowledge) addresses the question of how to open knowledge on natural resources, focusing on forests and wetlands, in ways that are legitimate to various stakeholders and effective in terms of facilitating new innovations.  

I am also involved in a number of other projects, including supporting the drafting of the Global Sustainable Development Report 2019, coordinator of a SYKE-Luke review of emerging critical issues in global forest policy, and researcher in the FutWend project on decentralized energy systems. 

Published 2017-11-24 at 15:18, updated 2018-12-21 at 12:58

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