SERSD student 2021-2023




Profile summary

  • Knowledge systems
  • Complexities
  • Systems thinking
  • Resilience
  • Sustainability education

Reetta Rossi wants to be a part of creating a more resilient society through facilitating co-operation between different actors and knowledge systems

Rossi joined the Master’s program at the SRC to deepen her skills in systems thinking for sustainability. She’s intrigued by complexity of social-ecological systems and seeks insight on how to implement the social-ecological resilience perspective in environmental governance. She’s especially interested in two things contributing to resilience: a) acknowledging and dealing with uncertainty regarding environmental problems, and b) bringing together multiple knowledge systems to develop resilience across groups of actors.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of Helsinki. In the degree, she focused on gaining an interdisciplinary perspective to environmental issues ranging from environmental chemistry to indigenous studies, with the goal to gain skills in communicating between different viewpoints in sustainability. In her Bachelor’s thesis, she explored contradicting knowledge in environmental protection.

During the program, she was active in developing sustainability education at and outside the university. She was a member of the steering group of her Bachelor’s program, reworked an introductory course in the program called “Global environmental problems and their solutions” to be suitable for high school students, and participated in writing learning materials on complexity and systems thinking for a university-wide sustainability course. Furthermore, she has been involved in writing a 1-year folk high school curriculum for environmental studies.

Rossi is a board member of Kudelma, a network for comprehensive and sustainable systemic change at the University of Helsinki. In Kudelma, she has developed a passion for working towards human-environmental relationships where we see ourselves as inherently part of nature instead of something outside of it.

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