About SISU

SISU is a research project that started in autumn 2023. It is part of the Strategic Research Council’s six-year JUST TRANSITION program. 

SISU seeks to harness the untapped potential of sufficiency solutions. The main aim is to ensure that the green transition and basic welfare state promises can be realized even in conditions where the economy does not grow. Specific elements of the project include:

  • The development of a new ecological macro-economic model to simulate resilient green transition and sufficiency scenarios.
  • Examining the attitudes to the future of vulnerable groups using register data and interviews. 
  • Identifying ways to maintain citizens’ trust in societal institutions during a green transition with comparative analysis and Delphi workshops. 
  • Understanding prevailing and co-creating new anticipatory beliefs to drive sufficiency through novel Heritage Futures Workshops.
  • Engaging key societal stakeholders in Finland in a discussion of sufficiency solutions through transition arenas.

The SISU consortium consists of research teams from the University of Eastern Finland, Demos Helsinki, LUT University, University of Turku and XAMK (South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences). The consortium is led by professor Arto O. Salonen from the University of Eastern Finland.

The Strategic Research Council granted the project three-year funding starting on October 1, 2023.

For more information about the project, contact Aleksi Neuvonen, the project’s interaction director
(, +358 50 534 4241).

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