Pesonen Hanna, Professor / Professori

Dean, Head of Corporate Environmental Management
Pesonen Hanna, Professor / Professori
Corporate Environmental Management


Hanna-Leena Pesonen has Ph.D. in environmental management and M.Sc. degree in marketing, and holds her current position since 2001. Her areas of expertise include corporate environmental strategies and marketing, material flow management, and environmental management systems. Lately most of her research has focused on developing sustainable business and bioeconomy. Pesonen has participated in the work of several international research groups with partners from research institutions, public sector, and business. She has published articles in several international journals. She is co-author of SETAC’s code of practice for environmental life cycle costing (LCC), and member of the editorial board of International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. Beside academic research, she has actively worked with sustainability challenges of business through consulting and executive education both in Finland and abroad. She has experience from several sectors, especially in real estate and housing, trade, and tourism. Pesonen’s current positions of trust include board membership at insurance and financial company LocalTapiola Central Finland.

Why is My Research Important and to Whom

Pesonen’s research supports businesses in defining their sustainability challenges, goals and strategies, and offers tools for assessment of product sustainability.

Areas of Interest

Corporate Environmental Strategies and Marketing, Material Flow Management, Environmental Management Systems

Research Areas

Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility, Corporate Environmental Management, Life Cycle Sustainability, Bioeconomy

Recent Publications

  • Hämäläinen, S. & Pesonen, H-L., Business Opportunities for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Biorefinery Networks, Journal of Science & Technology for Forest Products and Processes, Vol. 4, No. 5, 6-11, 2015
  • Patala, S., Hämäläinen, S., Jalkala, A. & Pesonen H-L., Towards a Broader Perspective on the Forms of Eco-Industrial Networks, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 22, No. 82, 166-178, 2014
  • Pesonen, H-L. & Horn, S., Evaluating the Climate SWOT as a Tool for Defining Climate Strategies for Business, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 22, No. 64, 562-571, 2014
  • Näyhä, A. & Pesonen, H-L., Strategic Change in the Forest Industry Towards the Biorefining Business, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 81, No. 1, 259-271, 2014
  • Pesonen, H-L. & Benoit, C., Parallel Life Cycle Methods, Chapter 16 in Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (eds. Schenck, R. & White, P.), ACLCA, Vashon Island, WA, 2014
  • Zamagni, A., Pesonen, H-L. & Swarr. T.E., From LCA to Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment: concept, practice and future directions, Editorial, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Vol. 18, No. 9, 1637-1641, 2013
  • Pesonen, H-L. & Horn, S., Evaluating the Sustainability SWOT as a Streamlined Tool for Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Vol. 18, No. 9, 1780-1792, 2013
  • Pesonen, H-L., Josko, E. & Hämäläinen, S., Improving eco-efficiency of a swimming hall through customer involvement, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 21, No. 39, 294-302, 2013
  • Näyhä, A. & Pesonen, H-L., Diffusion of Forest Biorefineries in Scandinavia and North America, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 79, Issue 6, 1111-1120, 2012
  • Heikkurinen, P., Jalkanen, L., Järvelä, K., Järvinen, M., Katajajuuri, J., Koistinen, L., Kotro, J., Mäkelä, J., Pesonen, H-L., Riipi, I., Ulvila, K., & Forsman-Hugg, S., Corporate Responsibility in the Food Chain: The Criteria and Indicators, Proceedings In Food System Dynamics, ISSN: 2194-511X, 2012
  • Hämäläinen, S., Näyhä, A. & Pesonen, H-L., Forest Biorefineries – Business opportunity for Finnish forest cluster, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 19, No. 16, 2011
  • Swarr. T.E., Hunkeler, D., Klöpffer, W., Pesonen, H-L., Ciroth, A., Brent, A.C. & Pagan, R., Environmental life-cycle costing: a code of practice, Editorial, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Vol. 16, No. 5, 2011
  • Swarr T.E., Hunkeler, D., Klöppfer, W., Pesonen H-L., Ciroth, A., Brent, A.C. & Pagan, R. Environmental Life-Cycle Costing: A Code of Practice, SETAC Publications, Pensacola, 2011

    Teaching (list of courses)

    • CEMS230 Managing a Green Organisation
    • Supervision of Master’s Thesis
    • Supervision of PhD Thesis