Hyysalo et al. (2017) The diffusion of consumer innovation in sustainable energy technologies

Consumers support the proliferation of sustainable energy technology in contexts where institutions and technology characteristics are not yet fully developed for the wide proliferation. We investigated how consumer created technology solutions diffused. We found that a over one third of projects were part of “innovative peer diffusion” adaptations and further modifications carried out among peers.

Heiskanen et al. (2017) Small streams, diverse sources: Who invests in renewable energy…

We address the investment gap in renewable energy sources. Examining the case of Finland, which introduced policy measures to diversify its renewable energy portfolio, we analyse the development of investments in renewable heat and power in response to new policy measures and contextual factors during the downturn period 2009–2013. In spite of a severe financial recession, we find an emergence of new sources of investment.

Usenyuk, Hyysalo & Whalen (2016) Proximal design: Users as designers of mobility in the Russian North

By examining mobility in remote Arctic areas, we analyze how challenging environmental conditions, while affecting technology performance, evoke people’s creativity and efforts as technology users. Based on historical materials and ethnographic observations of user inventiveness in the transport sector in the Russian North, we define and document a phenomenon of “proximal design” in three different modes.

Hyysalo et al. (2016) Diversity and change of user driven innovation

User driven innovation (UDI) is a popular term in policy and corporate circles. However, it is not clear exactly what UDI means and how such practices are used across the spectrum of companies and over the innovation life cycle. We compared 58 UDI showcases in Finnish companies to analyse the diversity of UDI practices and their evolution over time. In almost half of the examined cases, the dominant mode of UDI changes at least once, and in some cases, up to three times.