School of Earth and Environment

Pasi Heikkurinen Dr Pasi Heikkurinen

Lecturer in Business & Sustainable Change

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 39631
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Room: 10.118

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


I work as a Lecturer in 'Business and Sustainable Change' at the University of Leeds, Sustainability Research Institute (SRI). This academic year I will be contributing to the delivery of the following modules:

  • Business, Environment and Sustainability (SOEE50501M);
  • Business and Sustainable Development (SOEE3270); and
  • Research in the Environmental Social Sciences (SOEE2570).

Before joining the School of Earth and Environment and SRI, I worked as an:

  • Assistant Professor in 'Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development' in the Department of Environment and Development at the UN-mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica);
  • University Teacher in 'Philosophy of Management' in the Department of Management and International Business at Aalto University School of Business (Finland); and
  • Research Scientist in the Economics Unit at MTT Agrifood Research Finland.


  • Doctor of Science (D.Sc. in Econ. & Bus. Adm.), Aalto University School of Business, Department of Management and International Business, 20 December 2013.
  • Master of Science (M.Sc. in Econ. & Bus. Adm.), University of Vaasa, Department of Marketing, Finland, 17 June 2009.
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. in Econ. & Bus. Adm.), University of Vaasa, Department of Marketing, 19 December 2008.

Research Interests

I Business and sustainability

The first line of investigation examines the sustainability of economic structures, practices and actors, with a particular focus on corporations. I am interested in the potential and pitfalls of increasing environmental and social responsibilities of business organisations. Important questions for my study include: What kind of economic structures, practices and actors support/corrupt sustainability, as well as how to reach the sustainable modes of organisation? To arrive at answers, I employ multiple theoretical perspectives ranging from critical and ethico-political to integrative (see e.g. Heikkurinen and Mäkinen, 2016).

II Technology and eco-phenomenology

The second investigation line scrutinises the role of technology for sustainable organisation. The question of technology in relation to sustainability has key relevance for societies and organisations, as more and more hopes and expectations are placed on technological solutions. Building mainly on ecophilosophy and phenomenology, I study technology as a mode of being that bounds thinking and steers practice (see Heikkurinen, 2016; Heikkurinen, 2017).

The forthcoming edited book Sustainability and Peaceful Coexistence for the Anthropocene (Heikkurinen, 2017) is an attempt to bring these two thematic areas together to meet the challenges of the new geological epoch. I am currently also co-editing a book titled Strongly Sustainable Socities: Organising Human Activities on a Hot and Full Earth where the themes of economy and technology have the centre stage.

Teaching Interests

In both research and teaching, I emphasise transdisciplinary and holistic approaches, as well as perspectivism, as important means to gaining understanding of the prevailing unsustainability, and the urgently needed, alternative pathways to organising human activities.

  • SOEE5051M Business, Environment and Sustainability (Module Leader)
  • SOEE3270 Business and Sustainable Development (Module Leader)
  • SOEE2570 Research in the Environmental Social Sciences
  • BA Environment & Business project supervision
  • MSc Sustainability project supervision

I am currently looking for PhD students. I am particularly keen on working together with students who are intrinsically motivated to contribute to sustainable change. For PhD supervision, my special fields of interest are:

  • degrowth and post-growth societies
  • sustainability of organisations
  • corporate social and environmental responsibility
  • business ethics and philosophy of management
  • critique of technology

If you are interested in a PhD project related to these thematic areas, please contact me via email.


  • Researcher, Technology for Sustainability: Case Studies in Agriculture (TECHSUS), funded by the European Union, MSCA-IF-EF-RI, 2017-2019.
  • Subtask Leader, Sustainable Organic and Low-Input Dairy Production (SOLID), funded by the European Union, FP7-KBBE-2010-4, 2011-2016.
  • Principal Investigator / Project Leader, Elintarvikeketjun vastuullisuuden konseptointi liiketoimintamahdollisuudeksi [Developing Food Chain Responsibility into Business Opportunities] (FOODCHAINCR), funded by Tekes [The Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation], Tuotantokonseptit, 2009-2012.



  • Heikkurinen, Pasi (ed.) (2017). Sustainability and Peaceful Coexistence for the Anthropocene. Routledge: London and New York.
  • Heikkurinen, Pasi (2013). Reframing Strategic Corporate Responsibility: From Economic Instrumentalism and Stakeholder Thinking to Awareness and Sustainable Development. Doctoral Dissertation. Aalto University: Helsinki.

Articles in Scholarly Periodicals

  • Heikkurinen, Pasi (2017). The relevance of von Wright’s humanism to contemporary ecological thought. Acta Philosophica Fennica, 93: n/a.
  • Gold, Stefan and Heikkurinen, Pasi (2017). Transparency fallacy: Unintended consequences of stakeholder claims on responsibility in supply chains. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, doi: 10.1108/AAAJ-06-2015-2088.
  • Heikkurinen, Pasi (2016). Degrowth by means of technology? A treatise for an ethos of releasement. Journal of Cleaner Production, doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.07.070.
  • Heikkurinen, Pasi and Mäkinen, Jukka (2016). Synthesising corporate responsibility on organisational and societal levels of analysis: An integrative perspective. Journal of Business Ethics, doi: 10.1007/s10551-016-3094-x.
  • Heikkurinen, Pasi; Rinkinen, Jenny; Järvensivu, Timo; Wilén, Kristoffer; and Ruuska, Toni (2016). Organising in the Anthropocene: An Ontological Outline for Ecocentric Theorising. Journal of Cleaner Production, 113: 705-714.
  • Heikkurinen, Pasi (2014). Kestävyyden käsitteen ulottuvuudet [Dimensions of the sustainability concept]. Tieteessä tapahtuu, 32(4): 10-16.
  • Heikkurinen, Pasi (2013). Awareness and sustainability in business organisations: Leaving economic instrumentalism and stakeholder thinking behind. The Finnish Journal of Business Economics, 14 (3/4): 237-241.
  • Heikkurinen, Pasi and Bonnedahl, Karl Johan (2013). Corporate responsibility for sustainable development: A review and conceptual comparison of market- and stakeholder-oriented strategies. Journal of Cleaner Production, 43: 191-198.
  • Uusi-Rauva, Christa and Heikkurinen, Pasi (2013). Overcoming barriers to successful environmental advocacy campaigns in the organizational context. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 7(4): 475-492.
  • Gold, Stefan and Heikkurinen, Pasi (2013). Corporate responsibility, supply chain management and strategy: In search of new perspectives for sustainable food production. Journal of Global Responsibility, 4(2): 276-291.
  • Heikkurinen, Pasi and Ketola, Tarja (2012). Corporate responsibility and identity: from a stakeholder to an awareness approach. Business Strategy and the Environment, 21(5): 327-337.
  • Heikkurinen, Pasi and Forsman-Hugg, Sari (2011). Strategic corporate responsibility in the food chain. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 18(5): 306-316.
  • Heikkurinen, Pasi and Ketola, Tarja (2010). Editorial (special issue on corporate responsibility innovations for sustainability). International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 5(1): 1-3.
  • Heikkurinen, Pasi (2010). Image differentiation with corporate environmental responsibility, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 17(3): 142-152.

Chapters in Edited Books

  • Heikkurinen, Pasi (2017). On the Emergence of Peaceful Coexistence. In Heikkurinen, Pasi (ed.), Sustainability and Peaceful Coexistence for the Anthropocene. Routledge: London and New York.
  • Heikkurinen, Pasi (2017). Management approach: The virtuous corporation as a moral agent for sustainable development. In Sison, Alejo, José, G. (ed.), Springer Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business and Management. Springer: Heidelberg.
  • Ruuska, Toni and Heikkurinen, Pasi (2016). Kapitalistinen markkinatalous vai kestävä hyvinvointi? [Capitalistic market economy or sustainable wellbeing?]. In Joutsenvirta, Maria; Hirvilammi, Tuuli; Ulvila, Marko; Wilén, Kristoffer (eds.), Talous kasvun jälkeen [Economy after growth]. Gaudeamus: Helsinki.
  • Heikkurinen, Pasi (2015). Heikko vai vahva kestävyys? [Weak or strong sustainability?] In Hetemäki, I., Raento, P., Sariola, H., Seppä, T. (eds.), Kaikkea sattuu [Everything happens]. Gaudeamus: Helsinki.
  • Heikkurinen, Pasi (2014). Johdanto kestävyyteen [Introduction to sustainability]. In Joensuu, K., Järvinen, M., Sinkko, T. (eds.), Biotalousketjujen ekologinen, sosiaalinen ja taloudellinen kestävyys [Ecological, social and economic sustainability in bio-economy chains]. MTT: Jokioinen.
  • Heikkurinen, Pasi (2012). Matka konferenssiin ja takaisin: Lentämisen moraalinen ongelma akateemisessa työssä [To the conference and back: The moral problem of flying in academic work]. In Räsänen, Keijo (ed.). Tutkijat keskustelevat - esseitä ja kirjeitä akateemisesta työstä [Researchers in conversations - essays and letters on academic work]. Aalto University: Helsinki.
  • Heikkurinen, Pasi (2011). Environmental strategy and sustainability. In Idowu, Samuel, O.; Louche, Celine (eds.), Theory and Practice of Corporate Social Responsibility. Springer: Heidelberg.

Reports and Popular Writing

  • Heikkurinen, Pasi and Ruuska, Toni (2015). Kapitalismin hinta on kova [The price of capitalism is high]. Aamulehti, 14 January 2015.
  • Heikkurinen, Pasi and Ruuska, Toni (2014). Kestävän kehityksen arkkiviholliset [The archenemies of sustainable development]. Elonkehä: Syväekologinen kulttuurilehti, 3: 60-65.
  • Heikkurinen, Pasi and Ruuska, Toni (2014). Maailma tarvitsee kestävän elämän manifestin [The world needs a sustainable life manifesto]. Talouselämä: Debatti, 20 November 2014.
  • Heikkurinen, Pasi; Jalkanen, Lotta; Järvelä, Katja; Järvinen, Maija; Katajajuuri, Juha-Matti; Koistinen, Laura; Kotro, Jaana; Mäkelä, Johanna; Pesonen, Hanna-Leena; Riipi, Inkeri; Ulvila, Kukka-Maaria; Forsman-Hugg, Sari (2012). Vastuullisuus ruokaketjussa: Eväitä johtamiseen, mittaamiseen ja viestintään [Responsibility in the food supply chain: Means for management, measurement, and communication]. MTT: Jokioinen.
  • Riipi, Inkeri; Järvelä, Katja; and Heikkurinen, Pasi (2012). Vastuullisuuden työkaluja ruokaketjun yrityksille [Responsibility tools for companies in the food supply chain]. Elintarvike ja terveys, 26(5): 58-62.