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 journal publications (2018-2020)

Lujala, Päivi, Sosina Bezu, Ivar Kolstad, Minhaj Mahmud and Arne Wiig 2020. How do host–migrant proximities shape attitudes toward internal climate migrants? Global Environmental Change. Open accessReplication data.

Le Billon, Philippe and Päivi Lujala 2020. Environmental and land defenders: Global patterns and determinants of repression. Global Environmental Change. Download (journal); Replication data

Lujala, Päivi, and Christa Brunnschweiler and Ishmael Edjekumhene 2020. Transparent for whom? Dissemination of information on Ghana’s petroleum and mining revenue management. Journal of Development Studies 56(12): 2135-2153. Open accessReplication data.

Lujala, Päivi and John Narh 2020. Ghana’s Minerals Development Fund Act: Addressing the Needs of Mining Communities. Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law 38(2):183-200. Download (journal); Download (from May 19, 2021)

Lujala, Päivi and Haakon Lein 2020. The role of personal experiences in Norwegian perceptions of climate change. Norwegian Journal of Geography 74(3): 138-151.  Download (journal); Download (from August 29, 2021); Replication data

Kasimba, Sam and Päivi Lujala 2020. Examining Host Communities’ Perceptions on Trust Funds as Corporate Strategies for Community Development in Ghana. Journal of Asian and African Studies. Open access

Opach, Tomasz, Sabrina Scherzer, Päivi Lujala and Jan Rød 2020. Seeking commonalities of community resilience to natural hazards: A cluster analysis approach. Norwegian Journal of Geography 74(3): 181-199. Open access

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

See my Webpage for more publications. 

Other recent publications (2018-2020)

Lujala, Päivi 2020. Ilmastosiirtolaisuus on kasvava uhka kehittyvien maiden yhteiskuntarauhalle [Climate migration is a growing threat to social peace in developing countries]. Kaleva October 7.  Download

Le Billon, Philippe, Päivi Lujala and Siri Aas Rustad 2020. A Theory of Change for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative: Designing resource governance pathways to improve developmental outcomes. U4 Issue 2020:11. Download

​Lujala, Päivi and John Narh 2020. Ghana’s mining communities are still not getting their just dues. The Conversation. January 8. Read

Setten, Gunhild and Päivi Lujala 2020. Climate change and natural hazards – the geography of community resilience. Norwegian Journal of Geography 74(3): 133-134, DOI: 10.1080/00291951.2020.1778782 (Introduction to the special issue). 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, 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

Scherzer, Sabrina, Gunhild Setten, Haakon Lein, Päivi Lujala and Jan Ketil Rød 2019. Climate Change and Natural Hazards: The Geography of Community Resilience in Norway. Final Report. Download

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

Kurniawan, Nanang, Primi Putri, Indah Wardhani, Päivi Lujala and Ståle Rye 2018. Penge lolaan Tambang minyak rakyat di Wonocolo, Bojonegoro [The Governance of Traditional Oil Production in Wonocolo, Bojonegoro]. Policy Brief 1421/PB: POLGOV/VIII/2018

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 (2018-2022): 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.