Häyhä’s research interests include exploring challenges of human development and global environmental sustainability. Her current research focuses on developing approaches for operationalising the planetary boundaries framework at sub-global scales and for different sectors.
Recently, she worked in a project commissioned by the European Environment Agency and the Environment Knowledge Community to improve understanding of planetary boundaries and a safe operating space at the European Union level.
In collaboration with Ellen MacArthur Foundation, she studies how circular economy can help deal with global environmental issues, with a particular focus on textile industry.
Her other research activities, together with PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, investigates global energy pathways in the context of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The project assesses quantitatively the role of the energy sector in a broad set of global environmental change and human development issues.
Häyhä holds a PhD in Environment, Resources, and Sustainable Development from Parthenope University of Naples, Italy. She has a background in environmental and ecological economics, environmental assessment, energy, and ecosystem services.
She is involved in a number of international networks, including Planetary Boundaries Research Network (PB.net), Future Earth Fellows, and IIASA Alumni Association.
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Research news | 2017-04-04
Stockholm Resilience Centre collaborates with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Swedish clothing retailer H&M group on how the textile industry can operate within planetary boundaries
Research news | 2017-01-09
Study presents application of planetary boundaries framework at national decision-making scales
Research news | 2016-09-01
New study categorises key questions and evaluates what analysis tools to bet on in the race towards sustainability
2018 - Report
This study has made an initial disaggregation, allocation and benchmarking analysis to the EU-28 level, for the planetary boundaries for climate change, biosphere integrity, land systems change, freshwater use, biogeochemical flows (nitrogen and phosphorus), and novel entities (chemical pollution). The following overarching insights relate to all PBs: Based on equal-per capita allocation of the global safe operating space, ...
2017 - Journal / article
Realising the aspirations of the “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) to reduce inequality, limit ecological damage, and secure resilient livelihoods is a grand challenge for sustainability science, civil society and government. We identify three key governance challenges that are central for implementing the SDGs: (i) cultivating collective action by creating inclusive decision spaces for stakeholder interaction across mult...
2016 - Journal / article
The planetary boundaries framework proposes quantitative global limits to the anthropogenic perturbation of crucial Earth system processes, and thus marks out a planetary safe operating space for human activities. Yet, decisions regarding resource use and emissions are mostly made at less aggregated scales, by national and sub-national governments, businesses, and other local actors. To operationalize the planetary boundaries ...