Ella Tolonen

Project Researcher

MSc Industrial Ecology
School of Technology and Innovations, Industrial Management
+358 29 449 8671

Ella is a doctoral researcher in Industrial Management. Her research focuses on low-carbon transition and sustainability from the organizational perspective. In her dissertation, Ella studies incumbent organizations' activities in the unstable operating environment posed by decarbonization. Her topics include energy communities, degrowth, sustainable and circular business models, transition risks, and just transition.

She holds an MSc in Industrial Ecology from the Technical University of Delft (2018). Before her position at the university, Ella worked three years in sustainability consultancy at Deloitte, where she, for example, worked on multiple circular economy -related studies and supported organizations in their corporate sustainability work.


  • Tolonen, E., Shakeel, S.R., Juntunen, J.K. (2023). Promoting Just Transition or Enhancing Inequalities? Reflection on Different Energy Community Business Models in Terms of Energy Justice. In: Shafie-khah, M., Gazafroudi, A.S. (eds) Trading in Local Energy Markets and Energy Communities. Lecture Notes in Energy, vol 93. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-21402-8_6
  • Dagevos, H., Tolonen, E., & Quist, J. (2019). Building a Market for New Meat Alternatives: Business Activity and Consumer Appetite in the Netherlands. In D. Bogueva, D. Marinova, T. Raphaely, & K. Schmidinger (Eds.), Environmental, Health, and Business Opportunities in the New Meat Alternatives Market (pp. 183-201). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-7350-0.ch010

Work in progress:

  • Tolonen, E. Keeping up with the Decarbonization - A repertoire of incumbent organizations' responses to transition risks as societies go low-carbon.
  • Peixoto, I., Tolonen, E., Juntunen, J.K. Transition Risks in Low-Carbon Transitions – A Review and Research Agenda
  • Autio, J. & Tolonen, E. Fostering a post-growth paradigm shift - How can organizations contribute to the transition towards a degrowth economy?

Current research projects: