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Director & Professor at 

The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University


Twitter: @PMickwitz 

Present and past work


  • In October 2018 I was appointed as the new director of the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University for 2019-2021.
  • Between 1997 and 2018 I worked at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) as Research Director (2012-2018), Research Professor (2009-2010), Seniopr Researcher (1999-2009), Researcher (1997-1999).
  • During 2011 I worked as acting Professor (Environmental Policy) at the Tampere University School of Management.
  • Between 1991 and 1997 I worked as researcher at the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute.  


Some special tasks


  • Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency (2016-2022)
  • Chair of the Finnish Strategic Research Council (2014-2018)
  • The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (2013-2015)




I became Doctor of Administrative Sciences in 2006. I received my doctoral degree from the Faculty of Economics and Administration at the University of Tampere. The tile of my doctoral thesis in environmental policy is "Environmental Policy Evaluation: Concepts and Practice".

I received a master's degree in economics in 1989 from the University of Helsinki.


My own research


Some years ago the focus of my research shifted to energy and climate policy issues. In particular to issues related to stability and change in energy systems and the role of innovation and climate policies for these processes. Since the end of the 1990s much of my work has focused on the theory and practice of environmental policy evaluation and the role of policy evaluation in reflexive governance.

Based on my research I have published several monographs and numerous articles in academic journals. With Matt Binbaum I edited the issue "Environmental Program and Policy Evaluation: Addressing Methodological Challenges" of the journal New Directions for Evaluation that is published in 2009. With Mikael Hildén, Jyri Seppälä and Matti Melanen I edited the special issue “Promoting Transformation towards Sustainable Consumption and Production in a Resource and Energy Intensive Economy – the Case of Finland” which was published in the Journal of Cleaner Production in 2011.







From January 2019

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