- Global sustainability
- Planetary boundaries
- Sustainable Development Goals
- Environmental assessment
- Energy and environment
- Ecosystem services
- Science-policy interface
Tiina Häyhä's research focuses on developing approaches for operationalising the planetary boundaries framework for different sectors
Häyhä is a researcher within the Planetary Boundaries Research Lab, working with global sustainability issues. Her 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 Future Earth Fellows, and the IIASA Alumni Association.
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News articles with Hayha, Tiina
Research news | 2022-02-07
For change to happen, large companies need help from interest groups around them
The clothing industry is dominated by a clutch of powerful companies, but interest groups around it are crucial in efforts to make it more sustainable
Research news | 2021-05-12
Want to make fashion green? Listen to the consumers
The fashion and textiles industry is too focused on the material ‘stuff’. It should start thinking more about the consumers’ needs and desires
Research news | 2021-04-12
Six targets for a sustainable textile industry
Combining circular economy and planetary boundaries can pave the way for a sustainable transformation of the fashion industry
Research news | 2020-02-09
Colombian wetlands used as showcase for how to use the water planetary boundary
A new study harmonizes the water planetary boundary with local boundaries for the La Cienega wetlands in Colombia
Publications by Hayha, Tiina
Making Resilient Decisions for Sustainable Circularity of Fashion
Journal / article | 2021
The fashion and textiles industry, and policymakers at all levels, are showing an increased interest in the concept of circular economy as a way to decrease business risks and negative environmental impacts. However, focus is placed mainly on the material ‘stuff’ of textile fashion and its biophysical harms. The current material focus has several shortcomings, because fashion is a social-ecological system and cannot be underst...
A sustainable and resilient circular fashion and textiles industry
Policy brief or report | 2021
This report links circular economy principles with the planetary boundaries framework, helping to set business decision making within its globally interconnected social and environmental context. It describes how the planetary boundaries can be translated to baselines of global responsibility for resource use and negative externalities. It outlines the planetary priorities for setting science based targets at the necessary le...
Keystone actors do not act alone: A business ecosystem perspective on sustainability in the global clothing industry
Journal / article | 2020
Global industries are typically dominated by a few disproportionately large and influential transnational corporations, or keystone actors. While concentration of economic production is not a new phenomenon, in an increasingly interconnected and globalized world, the scale of the impacts of keystone actors on diverse social-ecological systems continues to grow. In this article, we investigate how keystone actors in the global ...
Integrating the Water Planetary Boundary With Water Management From Local to Global Scales
Journal / article | 2020
The planetary boundaries framework defines the “safe operating space for humanity” represented by nine global processes that can destabilize the Earth System if perturbed. The water planetary boundary attempts to provide a global limit to anthropogenic water cycle modifications, but it has been challenging to translate and apply it to the regional and local scales at which water problems and management typically occur. We dev...