Päivi Lujala

Päivi Lujala


Professor, Academy of Finland Research Fellow
Human geography


I am both a human geographer and economist by background and feel at home somewhere between the two disciplines.

My research focuses on two broad topics: i) management of valuable natural resources in the Global South and ii) Adaption to climate (change) related natural hazards.

My recent research on natural resources has focused on citizen engagement, transparency and accountability in natural resource revenue management. My aim is to find out how and to what extent disclosing information to citizens about natural resource revenue flows and spending can promote more egalitarian and effective natural resource revenue spending in poorer but resource-rich countries. Further, I would like to contribute to research that seeks to increase citizen engagement in natural resource governance.  

My current climate change related research seeks to find ways how integration of climate migrates can be improved in countries and communities that are likely to host people displaced by climate change.

For more information about my research interests and publications as well for my CV, please visit my homepage

Research interests

  • Natural resource governance in the Global South
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Environmental peacebuilding

Recent publications (2017-2020)

Lujala, Päivi and Haakon Lein 2020. The role of personal experiences in Norwegian perceptions of climate change. Norwegian Journal of Geography (forthcoming). 

Lujala, Päivi and John Narh 2019. Ghana’s Minerals Development Fund Act: Addressing the Needs of Mining Communities. Journal of Energy & Natural Resources LawDownload (journal); Download (free access from May 19, 2021)

Scherzer, Sabrina, Päivi Lujala and Jan Ketil Rød 2019. A Community Resilience Index for Norway: an Adaptation of the Baseline Resilience Indicators for Communities (BRIC). International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 36: 101107. Download 

Brunnschweiler, Christa and Päivi Lujala 2019. Economic Backwardness and Social Tension. Scandinavian Journal of Economics 121(2): 482-516. 10.1111/sjoe.12281. Download; Online Appendix

Kasimba, Sam and Päivi Lujala 2019. There is no one amongst us with them! Transparency and participation in local natural resource revenue management. Extractive Industries and Society 6(1): 198-205. Download

Lujala, Päivi, Christa Brunnschweiler and Ishmael Edjekumhene 2019. Transparent for whom? Dissemination of information on Ghana’s petroleum and mining revenue management. Policy Brief. Download

Christa Brunnschweiler, Ishmael Edjekumhene, Päivi Lujala and Marten Voors 2019. Transparency and accountability in Ghana’s petroleum revenue management: evidence from a field experiment. Policy Brief. Download

Edjekumhene, I, Voors, M, Lujala, P, Brunnschweiler, C, Owusu, CK and Nyamekye, A, 2019. Impacts of key provisions in Ghana’s Petroleum Revenue Management Act. 3ie Impact Evaluation Report 94. New Delhi: International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). Download

Lujala, Päivi 2018. An analysis of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative implementation process. World Development  107(July): 358–381. Download (Open Access); Replication Data

Wardhani, Indah and Päivi Lujala 2018. Beyond Transparency in Extractive Sectors: Transparency for whom? RegINA Blog. Link 

Brunnschweiler, Christa and Päivi Lujala 2017. Income and armed civil conflict: An instrumental variables approach. Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy 23(4). https://doi.org/10.1515/peps-2017-0024. Download

Rustad, Siri A., Philippe Le Billon and Päivi Lujala 2017. Has the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative been a success? Identifying and evaluating EITI goals. Resources Policy 51(1): 151-162. Download

Lujala, Päivi and Levon Epremian 2017. Transparency and natural resource revenue management: Empowering the public with information? In Corruption, Natural Resources and Development, Aled Williams and Philippe Le Billon (eds.). Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar Publishing.  

Lujala, Päivi, Siri Aas Rustad and Philippe Le Billon 2017. Has the EITI been successful? Reviewing evaluations of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. CMI U4 Policy BriefDownloadAppendix

See my Webpage for more publications. 

Selected project leadership (ongoing)

Academy of Finland Research Project (2019-2023): TraReMa: Transparency in High-Value Natural Resource Management. Project leader. 

Academy of Finland Research Fellow (2017-2022): TIGRe: Transparency, Identity, and Governance of High-Value Natural Resources. Funded by the Academy of Finland. Project leader. Also selected as Eudaimonia Emerging Project (2018-2022) at the University of Oulu.

The Research Council of Norway, NORGLOBAL programme (2018-2021): Creating a political and social climate for climate change adaptation. €1.0 mill. Project leader. 

See my Webpage  for other project leadership and other projects.