I am a researcher in Urban Analytics and Transitions (UrbanT) research group where I am working on the Formas-funded project "Connect to Transform: Enabling transitions via quadruple helix co-creation". In this transdisciplinary research project, I collaborate with Viable Cities Transition Lab to advance a novel portfolio approach as part of Transformative Innovation Policy.
My research interests are at the intersection of sustainability transitions, system-oriented design, future studies and complex systems theory. I'm particularly interested in developing approaches for catalysing and steering urban sustainability transitions, including modular participatory backcasting (mPB) and portfolio approaches. Another area of interest for me is interlinkages between micro- (individual), meso- (organisational), and macro- (system) level in transition processes. I'm also curious to explore collaborative sensemaking and learning in participatory processes, including how we can create supportive environments and facilitation techniques that would foster collaborations and reflexivity.
I have an interdisciplinary background with a PhD in Industrial Ecology (KTH Royal Institute of Technology – Sweden), a Master’s Degree in Social Informatics (IASA, National Technical University of Ukraine “KPI” – Ukraine) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics (IASA, National Technical University of Ukraine “KPI” – Ukraine). I also gained extensive project management experience when I have co-founded and successfully developed for 10 years a multidisciplinary international summer school AACIMP (during 2006-2015).
I have defended my PhD thesis “Steering sustainability transitions? Modular participatory backcasting for strategic planning in the heating and cooling sector” in April 2019. My PhD study was based on two full-scale participatory backcasting projects implemented in the cities of Ukraine (Bila Tserkva) and Serbia (Niš) and aimed at fostering sustainability transitions of heating and cooling systems by the year 2050.
Since 2016 I am developing and teaching AL2115 "Transdisciplinary Approaches for System Innovations" course for interested students from across KTH and for students of KIC InnoEnergy master program "Energy for Smart Cities". I also contribute to MJ2673 "Research Methodology and Theory of Science" course with a lecture about transdisciplinary research design and a seminar about scenario analysis. Being interested in innovative pedagogic approaches which could foster a transformative mindset and collaborative learning in both physical and digital spaces, since 2020 I'm co-editing a series of publications on Medium "Meaningful collaborations for system transformations".