Expert Panel for Sustainable Development

The Finnish expert panel for sustainable development is an independent body which supports the Commission for Sustainable Development in order for it to have an impact on decision-making and public discussion by bringing evidence based understanding. The panel also further advances linking complicated questions for fitting environmental, economic and social aspects together.

The panel was coordinated by Sitra for five years and from January 2019 onwards, the panel has three hosts; Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science of University of Helsinki (HELSUS), Natural Recourses Center (LUKE) and the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE).

The Panel has a wide variety of expertise from sustainable development

Suggestions for panelist were asked from Finnish universities, research institutes, science institutes Tand ministries. From a vast number of suggestions, the directors of the host organizations called ten professors, who represent many aspects of sustainable development. The panel’s term is three years.

The Panel is chaired by Professor Eeva Furman from the Finnish Environment Institute and is coordinated by Eeva-Lotta Apajalahti (HELSUS), Katariina Soini (LUKE) and Jari Lyytimäki (SYKE).


Director of the Environmental Policy Centre, professor Eeva Furman (chair)

Professor of Sustainability Management Minna Halme, Aalto-University

Professor of Public Health Jouni Jaakkola, University of Oulu

Professor of Environmental Management and Economics Lassi Linnanen, LUT-University

Professor of Natural Resources and Environment Mikko Mönkkönen, University of Jyväskylä

Professor of Health and Social Politics Juho Saari, University of Tampere

Professor of Social Pedagogy Arto O. Salonen, University of Eastern Finland

Tulevaisuuden tutkimuksen dosentti, Katariina Siivonen, Turun yliopisto, paneelin varapuheenjohtaja


Tenure track Professor for Geoinformatics Tuuli Toivonen, University of Helsinki

Professor of Forest Ecology Anne Tolvanen, Natural Recourse Center