Ruggiero Salvatore, Doctoral Student / Tohtorikoulutettava

Ruggiero Salvatore, Doctoral Student / Tohtorikoulutettava
Corporate Environmental Management


Salvatore Ruggiero holds a B.Sc. Hons in Business Administration from Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope” (Italy) and a M.Sc. in Corporate Environmental Management from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland). In addition, he has work experience in the metallurgical and chemical industry.

His PhD thesis deals with the rise of civil society engagement in local renewable energy production. This phenomenon is often referred to as "community energy". The research is set against the backdrop of the ongoing transition to clean energy sources and aims to identifying the key actors, barriers and drivers, policy models, and opportunities for scaling up community energy innovations in decentralized energy provision. The theoretical background of the thesis draws on Strategic Niche Management (SNM), Stakeholder Theory and the Multi-Level Perspective (MLP) on socio-technical transitions. His thesis consists of four scientific publications complemented by an introductory essay.

During his doctoral studies he has been involved in several research projects, among others: SECRE and DESY. The first initiative was aimed at evaluating the role of social entrepreneurism in community renewable energy projects in seven Nordic countries. The second, instead, looked into the challenges and future scenarios for distributed renewable energy production in Finland. He also coordinates for Finland the research tasks of G.O.L.DE.N (Global Organizational Learning and Development Network), a research program led by Bocconi University aiming at studying how large companies are evolving towards sustainability.

Areas of Interest

Social and environmental sustainability, Sustainable energy production

Research Areas

Renewable energy development, Community power, Distributed energy

Recent Publications

  • Ruggiero, S., Martiskainen, M., Onkila, T., 2018. Understanding the Scaling-Up of Community Energy Niches through Strategic Niche Management Theory: Insights from Finland. Journal of Cleaner Production 170, 581-590.

  • Ruggiero, S., 2017. People power: The role of civil society in renewable energy production. PhD thesis, University of Jyväskylä (accepted).

  • Ruggiero, S., Lehkonen, H., 2017. Renewable energy growth and the financial performance of electric utilities: A panel data study. Journal of Cleaner Production 142, 3676-3688.

  • Ruggiero, S., Varho, V., Rikkonen, P., 2015. Transition to distributed energy generation in Finland: Prospects and barriers. Energy Policy, 86, 433-443

  • VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland), 2015. Distributed Energy Systems, DESY. VTT Technology 224. Utgivare publisher, Espoo.
  • Ruggiero, S., Onkila, T., Kuittinen, V., 2014. Realizing the social acceptance of community renewable energy: A process-outcome analysis of stakeholder influence. Energy Research & Social Science 4, 53-63.

Teaching (list of courses)

  • CEMS2110 Sustainability Transitions and Business: lectures and conducts seminar workshops
  • TTKS911 Sustainability reports coding: course responsible
  • CEMS 270 Climate Business: lectured business opportunities related to renewable energy deployment
  • CEMA150 Business, Society and the Environment: conducted seminars and group works