Prof. Eva Pongrácz

Eva Pongracz

D.Sc.(Tech.), Dr.Univ., Lic.Sc.(Tech.), M.Sc.(Tech.)

Energy systems and environmental engineering

60 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 891 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 86 citations. The author has a h-index of 18.00. (Scopus)


Prof. Eva Pongrácz is head of the Energy and Environmental Engineering research unit at the Faculty of Technology. She is an environmental engineer with a keen understanding of sustainable development. Her research focus is in energy transition and circular economy, with a special attention on arctic issues. She is also leading research into smart energy systems, renewable energy, decarbonization and critical material recycling. She has an extensive collaboration network and project experience across the Northern Periphery and Arctic region, promoting environmental protection, decentralized energy solutions and sustainable regional development.

Research interests

  • Smart and sustainable energy systems
  • Circular economy
  • Decentralized energy solutions for the North
  • Waste management
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Sustainable regional development

Research groups

  • Head of Research Unit, Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Unit
  • Head of Research Community, LUMINOUS Research Community

Thesis supervisions

Jenni Ylä-Mella: Strengths and challenges in the Finnish waste electrical and electronic equipment recovery system in Finland. Consumers’ perceptions and participation. Doctoral dissertation. Acta Universitatis Ouluensis, Series C Technica 548
  • The national implementation of the WEEE Directive and the development of WEEE recovery infrastructure in Finland were studied

  • Consumers’ awareness and perceptions toward the WEEE recovery system were assessed through a survey conducted in Oulu

  • The role of consumer behaviour in storing electronics at home and its impact were considered.

  • Available on-line

Jean-Nicolas Louis: Dynamic environmental indicators for smart homes. Assessing the role of home energy management systems in achieving decarbonisation goals in the residential sector. Doctoral dissertation. Acta UO, C 599.
  • This thesis evaluates the impact of home automation for electricity management in residential sector using environmental and economic indicators.

  • To this end, a life cyclevassessment was performed to evaluate the impacts of the manufacturing, use and disposal phases.

  • Dynamic environmental indicators using the ReCiPe model were also developed

  • Available on-line


Circular Economy

Transition Pathways to Circular Economy

Transition to a circular economy is seen as an essential condition to respond to the challenge of the sustainable use of natural resources in the f