Head of the board
- Jean Monnet Professor, International Relations (specifically European integration and Regional Cooperation)
- Faculty of Management and Business
- Tampere University
Pami Aalto works at the interface of European integration, international relations and political economy, specialising on energy policy issues. His main interest is in interdisciplinary work on energy transitions and energy issues in general, as well as international environmental governance, where alongside scholarly work he also seeks to engage with the business, public administration and NGO sectors.
Head of the Politics Unit, Faculty of Management and Business
Professor in Charge of the International Relations specialisation option of the Politics programme
PI, Research platform on Climate Neutral Energy Systems and Society CNESS, https://research.tuni.fi/cness/.
Field of expertise
European integration, northern Europe, the Arctic, Russia, EU-Russia relations, East Asia, energy, international political economy, international environmental governance, borders, interdisciplinarity
Energy transition (USA, EU, the Nordic countries including Finland, Germany, Japan, East Asia); Russian and Arctic energy policies, geopolitics of hydrogen, black carbon governance
International Relations, international political economy, policy research
Professor Aalto has worked as a visiting researcher in Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Japan, Russia, and as a doctoral student, in the UK.
Aalto develops new approaches to energy policy research such as the structuration approach, contributes to institutionalist literature and seeks to build paths for an interdisciplinary synthesis in the field of energy research, in order to find solutions applicable to the ongoing energy transition.
Aalto, P. (2021, ed.) Electrification: Accelerating the Energy Transition. Amsterdam: Academic Press/Elsevier.
Kotilainen, K., Aalto, P., Rautiainen, A., Kojo, M., Valta, J., Sovacool, B. (2019) ’From national lock-in to policy mixes for Nordic electric mobility: What can we learn to accelerate future transitions?’, Policy Sciences 52: 573-600. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11077-019-09361-3
Kilpeläinen, S., Aalto, P., Lehtonen, P., Toivanen, P. and Holttinen, H. (2019) ’How to Achieve a More Resource Efficient and Climate Neutral Electric Energy System by 2030: Views of Nordic Experts’, Review of Policy Research. DOI: 10.1111/ropr.12347
Pääkkönen, A., Aro, K., Aalto, P., Konttinen, J., Kojo, M. (2019) ’The potential of biomethane in replacing fossil fuels in heavy transport – A case study on Finland’, Sustainability 11 (17), 4750, 1-19. doi.org/10.3390/su11174750.
Aalto, P., Nyyssönen, H., Kojo, M. and Pal, P. (2017) ‘Russian nuclear energy diplomacy in Finland and Hungary’, Eurasian Geography and Economics 58(4): 386-417 (doi: 10.1080/15387216.2017.1396905)
Lehtonen, P., Aalto, P. (2017) ‘Smart and Secure Borders through Automated Border Control Systems in the EU? The Views of Political Stakeholders in the Member States’, European Security 26(2): 207-25. (doi: 10.1080/09662839.2016.1276057).
Aalto, P. (2016) ‘Modernisation of the Russian Energy Sector: Constraints to Utilising Arctic Offshore Oil Resources’, Europe-Asia Studies 68(1): 38-63. (doi: 10.1080/09668136.2015.1113509).
Aalto, P. (2014) ‘Institutions in European and Asian Energy Markets: A Methodological Overview’, Energy Policy 74: 4-15 (doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2014.08.022)
Aalto, P. (2014) ‘Energy Market Integration and Regional Institutions in East Asia’, Energy Policy 74: 91-100 (doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2014.08.021)
Aalto, P., Dusseault, D., Kennedy, M.D. and Kivinen, M. (2014) ‘Russia’s Energy Relations in the East and West: Towards a Social Structurationist Approach to Energy Policy Formation’, Journal of International Relations and Development 17(1): 1-29 (doi:10.1057/jird.2012.29).
Aalto, P., Korkmaz Temel, D. (2014) ‘European Energy Security: Natural Gas and the Integration Process’, Journal of Common Market Studies 52(4): 758-74 (doi: 10.1111/jcms.12108).
Aalto, P., Harle, V. and Moisio, S. (2011, eds.) International Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Aalto, P. (2006) European Union and the Making of a Wider Northern Europe. London: Routledge.
Aalto, P. (2003) Constructing Post-Soviet Geopolitics in Estonia. London: Frank Cass/Routledge.
I am interested in the global system, especially in the global travel of ideas and in governance through epistemic means both in national and global contexts. I have also had a long-term interest in social research methodology, especially qualitative research.
I am professor of sociology and research director of the Tampere Centre for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (TaSTI). Within TaSTI, I lead the Tampere Research Group for Cultural and Political Sociology (TCuPS), an energetic group of scholars who share my interest in world society, national policymaking, global circulation of ideas, epistemic governance, and sociology of knowledge.
Field of expertise
My areas of specialization are global studies, social and cultural theory, and methodology of social research.
Tampere Research Group for Cultural and Political Sociology (TCuPS)
See more about my research interests in our research team's home page: Tampere Research Group for Cultural and Political Sociology (TCuPS)
2016-2020 Academy of Finland, Epistemic capital in the synchronization of national policies; large scale research project
2014-2018 Epistemic governance in policymaking; large scale research project
2014-2016 Kone Foundation: Synchronization of national policies; small scale research project
2009-2013 Academy of Finland, The Moderns; large scale research project
2009-2012 Academy of Finland, Domestication of Ubiquitous Communication
2006-2009 Academy of Finland, Knowledge Production, Power, and Global Social Change
2000-2004 Tekes, Alma Media & Stora Enso, Media and Everyday Life
2001-2002 Academy of Finland, The Cultural Unconscious
1996-2002 Academy of Finland, The Habitus Research Project
1997-1999 Sitra, National Culture and Identity; part of Sitra’s Globalization, Welfare and Employment project
Chair of the board of the Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies
Recent select publications
Ulybina, Olga, Laia Pi Ferrer & Pertti Alasuutari: “Intergovernmental organizations in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic: Organizational behaviour in crises and under uncertainty”. International Sociology 37(4), 2022, 415–438. DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/02685809221094687
Qadir, Ali & Pertti Alasuutari: ”The Discursive Side of Sociological Institutionalism in the Study of Religion”. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 2022: 1-23, DOI https://doi.org/10.1163/15700682-bja10075
Alasuutari, Pertti & Ali Qadir: Epistemic Governance: Social change in the modern world . London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2019.
Alasuutari, Pertti & Valtteri Vähä-Savo: Owning worldwide principles: The case of American exceptionalism. Social Science Information 57 (4), 2018, 533–552.
Pi Ferrer, Laia, Pertti Alasuutari & Leena Tervonen-Gonçalves: Looking at others in national policy-making: the construction of reference groups in Portugal and Spain from 2008 to 2013. European Politics and Society 20 (3), 2018, 333–347.
Alasuutari, Pertti, Marjaana Rautalin & Jukka Tyrkkö: The rise of the idea of model in policymaking: The case of the British parliament, 1803–2005. European Journal of Sociology 59 (3), 2018, 341-363.
Alasuutari, Pertti: Authority as epistemic capital. Journal of Political Power 11 (2), 2018, 165-190.
Wang, Li & Pertti Alasuutari: Co-construction of the tourist experience in social networking sites: Two forms of authenticity intertwined. Tourist Studies 17 (4), 2017, 388–405.
Alasuutari, Pertti: The Synchronization of National Policies: Ethnography of the Global Tribe of Moderns. London: Routledge 2016.
Alasuutari, Pertti & Ali Qadir: Imageries of the social world in epistemic governance. International Sociology 31 (6), 2016, 633-652.
Alasuutari, Pertti: The Discursive Side of New Institutionalism. Cultural Sociology 9 (2) 2015, 162–184.
Alasuutari, Pertti: Following the Example of Other Countries? Policy Analysis of New Legislation in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice 16 (3) 2014, 266-279.
Alasuutari, Pertti and Ali Qadir: Epistemic governance: an approach to the politics of policy-making. European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology 1, 2014, 67–84.
Supervising BSc theses.
Supervising MSc theses.
Course Software Design (COMP.SE.110)
Project INTEMO (Intelligent Methods for Motivated Software Development)
Project VISDOM activities.
Studying social interactions in GSD.
My research interests fall generally under using intelligent methods for
software engineering problems, and include topics such as:
Data-driven software development
Artificial intelligence and its applications in the context of software engineering
Human factors and the social aspects of software development
Data analysis techniques to support software engineering tasks
Global software development (GSD)
Software architecture design
Software project management
Meta-heuristics (genetic algorithms, swarm intelligence, etc.)
Computing Sciences, Software Process team
Software development, software engineering, computer science
Assistant professor, 2014-
- Since 10/2014 I've held the position of Assistant professor (tenure track). I've done research in the contex of project GloFuMe, and since 2019 in the ITEA3/Business Finland funded project VISDOM (lead by prof. Systä), researching visualizations in software process improvement. In spring 2021 I will start project INTEMO (Intelligent Methods for Motivated Software Development), funded by the Ulla Tuominen foundation.
Post-doctoral researcher (Academy of Finland), 2014- 2018.
- Starting 09/2014 until 09/2018 I worked as a post-doctoral researcher with personal project funding from the Academy of Finland for project GloFuMe. In this project I researched software architectures in the context of global software developmen. My goal was to find methods to co-optimize the software architecture and project management via architecture based task allocation. This project included close collaboration with Lero - The Irish Software Research Centre (Limerick, Ireland).
Teaching associate, 2011-2014.
- After a few years concentrating mainly on teaching, from the beginning year 2014 I worked in the Need4Speed project, where I was involved in studying software process data mining, modeling, analysis and visualizations. Within this project I also investigated software architecture refactoring and evaluation. The project was funded by DIMECC and lead by profs Tommi Mikkonen and Kari Systä.
Researcher, project Darwin 2009-2011.
- Project Darwin investigated using meta-heuristics to automatically design and optimize software architectures. Within this project I completed my PhD thesis "Genetic Algorithms in Software Architecture Synthesis" approved with distinction (Nov. 2011). The project was funded by Academy of Finland and lead by prof. Kai Koskimies.
I strive to create methods and tools for intelligent data-driven software engineering. This entails combining data and views from different stakeholders for more comprehensive, automated, optimized software engineering. Further, I seek synergies between software engineering and other disciplines to improve sw engineering and to create new innovations.
The Finnish Society for Computer Science, member of board 1.1.2018 onwards, chairman of board 1.1.2021 onwards.
Vice member of the faculty council for Faculty of Computing and Electrical Engineering (at TUT), 2014-2015 and 2017-2018.
O. Sievi-Korte, F. Fagerholm, K. Systä, and T. Mikkonen, Dimensions of Consistency in GSD: Social Factors, Structures and Interactions, In: Morisio M., Torchiano M., Jedlitschka A. (eds) Product-Focused Software Process Improvement. PROFES 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12562. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-64148-1_10.
T. Aho, O. Sievi-Korte, T. Kilamo, S. Yaman, and T. Mikkonen, Demystifying Data Science Projects: a Look on the People and Process of Data Science Today, In: Morisio M., Torchiano M., Jedlitschka A. (eds) Product-Focused Software Process Improvement. PROFES 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12562. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-64148-1_20
O. Sievi-Korte, I. Richardson, and S. Beecham, Software Architecture Design in Global Software Development: An Empirical Study, The Journal of Systems and Software 158, December 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2019.110400.
O. Sievi-Korte, S. Beecham, and I. Richardson, Challenges and Recommended Practices for Software Architecting in Global Software Development, Information and Software Technology 106, February 2019, 234-253. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infsof.2018.10.008
S. Suonsyrjä, O. Sievi-Korte, K. Systä, T. Kilamo, T. Mikkonen, Objectives and Challenges of the Utilization of User-Interaction Data in Software Development, In: Proceedings of the Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA) 2018, IEEE, 357-361.
A.-L. Mattila, K. Systä, O. Sievi-Korte, M. Leppänen and T. Mikkonen, Discovering Software Process Deviations Using Visualizations, In: Proceedings of XP'17, 2017, Springer LNBIP 283, pp. 259-266.
M. Leppänen, S. Mäkinen, S. Lahtinen, O. Sievi-Korte, A-P. Tuovinen, and T. Männistö, Refactoring - a Shot in the Dark?, IEEE Software 32 (6), November/December 2015, 62-70.
O. Räihä, A Survey on Search-Based Software Design, Computer Science Review 4 (4), 2010, 203-249.
O. Räihä, K. Koskimies and E. Mäkinen, Genetic Synthesis of Software Architecture, In: Proc. of the 7th International Conference on Simulated Evolution and Learning (SEAL'08), Melbourne, Australia. December 2008, Springer LNCS 5361, 565-574.
I am a professor of aerosol physics and a leader of the research group which focuses on experimental research related to particle emissions and air quality. By means of our research, we aim at understanding of the formation of particle emissions, their transformation in the atmosphere, and their effects on air quality, human health and climate. We see that this information and knowledge is crucial when minimizing the anthropogenic air quality and climate effects.
I am professor in control engineering. My research area is industrial processes and operational processes related to them. My research is based on control theory and application of it in my research area. The methods I apply are:
- modelling of dynamic processes, more specifically, creating mathematical models on the basis of first principles and using measurement knowledge,
- the methods of controltheory for estimating the states and parameters of controlled processes using measurement data from processes, and
- methods of control and optimization theories for designing and implementing control solutions using measurement data and state estimates.
I am the head of the Automation and Mechanical Engineering Unit.