Esa Ruuskanen

Esa Ruuskanen

Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow
Environmental History, Environmental Humanities

Biography

I am an environmental historian focusing on the Anthropocene in the Arctic and beyond. My current research interests lie in energy histories, environmental history of peatlands, technology-environment interaction, and transition studies. In addition, I co-lead, together with Dr. Roger Norum, Environmental Humanities Programme at UOULU. 

Research interests

  • Environmental History of Peatlands, Energy Histories, History of Consumption, STS, Transition Studies

Coordination & Teaching

Person responsible for the minor subject in Environmental Humanities

Lecture courses: Intoduction to Environmental Humanities (5 ECTS), Environment and Health in History (5 ECTS)

E-exams: Energy and the Environment (5 ECTS), History of Environmental Sciences (5 ECTS)

Research Communities

Transformation and Social Innovations for Sustainable Arctic Communities (TRANSARCT, funded by Eudaimonia Institute)

Resource Extraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities - REXSAC (Nordic Centre of Excellence, funded by NordForsk)

Social media

Scientific merits

Professional and community activities

  • Member of the Board of The Finnish Society for Environmental Social Science, 2018-20
  • Member of the Board of The Historical Association of Northern Finland, 2020

Selected publications

  • Ruuskanen, Esa; Niemelä, Juho (2019) References to Iconic Landscapes in the Debate Surrounding the Founding of Finland’s National Parks, circa 1880-1910. - International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity 7, 741-764 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Ruuskanen, Esa (2019) The emergence of Baltic Moorkultur : visions of scientific-technological mastery of peatlands in the age of great social change, 1850–1914. - History and technology 34 (3-4), 213-234 . [Original]
  • Ruuskanen Esa (2019) Energian tuotannon, kulutuksen ja sääntelyn murros. Vaurastumisen vuodet: Suomen taloushistoria teollistumisen jälkeen. Laine Jaana, Fellman Susanna, Hannikainen Matti ja Ojala Jari. - Ei sarjaa/No series. Helsinki. 246-273
  • Ruuskanen, Esa (2018) Framing, valuing, and assessing the environment: August Wilhelm Hupel’s perceptions of Baltic nature and settings for human activities. - Journal of Baltic studies 49 (2), 199-214 . [Original]
  • Ruuskanen, Esa (2018) Encroaching Irish bogland frontiers: science, policy and aspirations from the 1770s to the 1840s. Histories of Technology, the Environment and Modern Britain. Agar, Jon; Ward, Jacob. - Ei sarjaa/No series. London. 22-40. [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Ruuskanen, Esa; Väyrynen, Kari (2017) Theory and prospects of environmental history. - Rethinking history 21 (4), 456-473 . [Original]
  • Ruuskanen, Esa (2017) "Energiemix" versus "Energiewende" : competing conceptualisations of nuclear energy policy in the German parliamentary debates of 1991–2001. - Scandinavian economic history review 65 (1), 109-110 . [Original]
  • Ruuskanen, Esa (2017) Napa-alueet suomenkielisissä aikakausi- ja sanomalehdissä 1870-1910 : rajaseudun haltuunotto, havainnollistaminen ja hyöty. The Barents and the Baltic sea region : contacts, influences and social change. Alenius, Kari; Enbuske, Matti. - Studia Historica Septentrionalia 77. Rovaniemi. 325-345
  • Ruuskanen, Esa (2017) Onko humanistinen tutkimus muuttunut ylellisyydeksi?. - Kaleva 08.01.2017
  • Ruuskanen, Esa (2016) Valuing wetlands and peatlands : mires in the natural resource and land use policies in the Nordic Countries from the late Eighteenth Century to the present day. Trading environments : frontiers, commercial knowledge, and environmental transformation, 1750-1990. Winder, Gordon; Dix, Andreas. - Ei sarjaa/No series. New York. 118-137, 6
  • Ruuskanen, Esa; Väyrynen, Kari (2016) Ympäristöhistorian historiakäsityksestä. Historian teoria : lingvistisestä käänteestä mahdolliseen historiaan. Väyrynen, Kari; Pulkkinen, Jarmo. - Ei sarjaa/No series. Tampere. 332-365
  • Park, Seung-Joon; Ruuskanen, Esa (2014) Energy supply and regulation. Comparing post war Japanese and Finnish economies and societies : longitudinal perspectives. Tanaka, Yasushi; Tamaki, Toshiaki; Ojala, Jari; Eloranta, Jari. - Routledge studies in the modern world economy 135. London. 132-154
  • Ruuskanen, Esa (2014) Suoluonnon uudelleen määrittely Turun Akatemiassa 1750-1780-luvuilla. Keskus ja periferia muuttuvassa maailmassa -symposiumi 29.11.-30.11.2012, Oulun yliopisto, historiatieteet. Alenius, Kari; Fält, Olavi K.. - Studia Historica Septentrionalia 70. Rovaniemi. 133-151

Thesis supervisions

PhD Thesis Supervisions
  • Tanja Riekkinen, Edistystarinoista uhkakuviin: Sosiotekniset visiot öljystä Suomessa 1950–1973 (funded by Kerttu Saalasti Foundation, Otto A. Malm Foundation and Kone Foundation)

     

  • Outi Korhonen: Tyrskyn, tuulen ja kohoavan maan väkeä: Hailuotolaisten muuttuva ympäristösuhde 1740—1900 (Funded by Otto A. Malm Foundation and Alfred Kordelin Foundation)

Research visits

  • Visiting Scholar
    18.5.2015 to 7.7.2015

    University of Birmingham, UK, School of History and Cultures (funded by the Academy of Finland)

  • Leibniz Graduate Fellow
    14.5.2013 to 31.7.2013

    Leibniz Graduate School, Marburg, Germany (funded by Leibniz Graduate School)

  • Short-term Research Visit
    27.10.2010 to 3.11.2010

    Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan (funded by the Academy of Finland)

Projects

Transformation and Social Innovation for Sustainable Arctic Communities

Strategic research project of the University of OuluFocus institute: EudaimoniaFaculty: Humanities