Niina Kautto has over seven years of experience in the interface of science, technology and policy-making. She holds an MSc in environmental sciences and renewable energy from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), and has worked for four years on bioenergy policy and data reporting at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy.
After completing her PhD on sound biomass-to-energy planning and policy in late 2011 at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University in Sweden, Niina has worked on issues related to sustainable urban development and actions that speed up the transition to a low carbon and resilient future both in Europe and Australia.
As an RMIT Research Associate, Niina Kautto has worked on projects related to climate change adaptation and local-level resilience within the Climate Change Adaptation Program. She recently assisted the development of the RMIT Climate Adaptation Plan; reviewed mechanisms and approaches to assess urban resilience; and, alongside Cities Programme Chair Michael Nolan, examined the opportunities that enhance public-private partnerships and address extreme heat in the Melbourne CBD.
Niina is a Research Associate with the Cities Programme, recently providing research-based guidance for Rotorua’s Leading City Action Plan in various areas related to urban sustainability and liveability.