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Dr Mari Martiskainen

Post:Senior Research Fellow (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
Other posts:Research Fellow (The Sussex Energy Group)

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 876715
International:+44 1273 876715

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I am a social scientist with a specific interest in the transition to a more fair, clean and sustainable energy world. My research centres around energy policy, with specific focus on the issues of just low carbon transitions, developing low carbon innovations such as low-energy housing, addressing energy poverty and promoting renewable energy. I have worked with a range of conceptual approaches, including sustainability transitions, grassroots innovation, innovation intermediation, user innovation, and energy justice.

My research has been published in several peer reviewed journals such as Energy Research & Social Science; Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions; Environment and Planning A; Journal of Cleaner Production; Local Environment; and Research Policy. I have also written several book chapters, conference proceedings and invited blog posts. You can also find me on Google Scholar and ResearchGate.

I have worked with a range of stakeholders and partners, including community groups, not-for-profit organisations, businesses and consultants. I also have experience from various communication channels, ranging from TV and radio to social, print and online media.

Prior to joining the University of Sussex, I worked for RenewableUK (formerly the British Wind Energy Association), concentrating on small-scale wind energy systems and engaging widely with industry and stakeholders. My previous experience includes a post as an Editor at, where I conducted research in the global marine fuels sector and sustainable shipping fuels. You can also read more details about my career at Sussex at Spotlight on Dr Mari Martiskainen.

I was awarded the University of Sussex Business School Research Excellence Award for Emerging Scholars in February 2019. 



I am a Senior Research Fellow based at the Sussex Energy Group and the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex. I am also a theme leader for CREDS challenge 'Fuel and transport poverty in the UK’s energy transition (FAIR)'. 

Community and Business

I have been invited to provide advice for the following initiatives: