Tuukka is interested in sustainability transitions, and especially in how varied resources of established industries are used in development of cleantech industries, and the implications of this for environmental innovation. More specifically, he is interested in how existing knowledge bases, practices, capital and technologies from other industrial sectors are transferred to emerging cleantech industries e.g. through means of firm diversification.
With such research interests, Tuukka seeks to elaborate on how industrialized countries can make use of their existing industrial experience in developing new more sustainable businesses and green jobs. Such understanding is important for recognizing the characteristics, possibilities and pitfalls of an industrial transformation towards sustainability in industrialized countries.
In his PhD project, Tuukka investigates how the Norwegian oil and gas industry has influenced the development of an offshore wind power industry in the country. By applying theoretical insights from innovation studies (e.g. technological innovation systems) and strategic management (e.g. related firm diversification), he analyzes the characteristics of this influence, the processes of resource transfer and redeployment, and how changes in the environment of oil and gas industry has shaped their engagement in offshore wind power. He also proposes new analytical approaches to investigating how old industries shape cleantech industries.
Through this project, Tuukka seeks to contribute to discussions surrounding sustainability transitions and industrial transformations regarding the role of inter-industry relations for innovation.
Tuukka has a master degree in Human Geography in University of Helsinki, Finland, from 2010, and in Environmental Management and Sustainability Sciences in Aalborg University, Denmark, from 2013. Prior to arriving in TIK Centre, Tuukka worked as University Assistant in RCE Vienna and Institute for the Environment and Regional Development in Vienna University of Economics and Business. Before his academic career, Tuukka worked as a Geographic Analyst in NAVTEQ B.V. in Helsinki.
- Mäkitie, Tuukka, Andersen, Allan Dahl, Hanson, Jens, Normann, Håkon Endresen and Taran Mari Thune (2018) "Established sectors expediting clean technology industries? The Norwegian oil and gas sector's influence on offshore wind power", Journal of Cleaner Production; Volume 177. p. 813-823
Mäkitie, Tuukka, Hanson, Jens and Allan Dahl Andersen: "Under which conditions established sectors accelerate emerging clean-tech industries. Relatedness in innovation systems perspective", Conference paper, 8th International Sustainability Transitions Conference, 18-21.6.2017
Mäkitie, Tuukka, Normann, Håkon Endresen, Gonzalez, Jakoba Sraml and Taran Mari Thune: "The green flings. The role of market volatility in incumbent firms’ engagement in sustainability transitions", Conference paper, 8th International Sustainability Transitions Conference; 18-21.6.2017