Hyysalo & Juntunen (2018) User innovation and peer assistance in renewable energy technologies-We review innovation by citizen users in the early phases of small-scale renewable energy technologies (S-RET) development and examine user innovation and peer assistance in the later phases of S-RET diffusion. Further, we assess research user motivations, diffusion pathways, and peer intermediation while paying particular attention to how the forms of innovative citizen energy communities are changing.
Hyysalo & Hyysalo (2018) Mundane and strategic work in collaborative design-We address the design issue of mundane and strategic work in collaborative design through an examination of a series of participatory design activities in building a flagship library of the future. Both strategic and mundane work are found to permeate the processes, results, and further uptake of collaborative design outcomes.
Mok & Hyysalo (2018) Designing for energy transition through Value Sensitive Design-Sustainability transitions research presents a new kind of context for strategic design engagements. We explore this in the context of advancing solar photovoltaics in heritage. Value Sensitive Design framework is used to illustrate how a working compromise can be found among the seemingly conflicting values involved in advancing solar in culturally sensitive ways.
Hyysalo et al. (2018) Catalysing pathway creation for transition governance.-Finnish energy and climate policy already features wide experimentation, visioning and long-term roadmaps. Yet transition arenas could help connect these existing instruments, particularly if redesigned for a mid-range timescale. We improved the path creation toolsets and procedures to create more detailed pathways and analyses of pathway step interrelations.
Jalas et al. (2017) Everyday experimentation in energy transition: A practice-theoretical view-In this paper we elaborate on how practice theories can inform the discussion of experimentation, report specific modes of experimentation and innovation, and derive suggestions for effective policy interventions. We also bring forward a set of generic suggestions for more sensitive, appreciative and effective public policies on sustainability transitions and cast experimentation in a particular and partial role in such policies.
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.
Hyysalo et al. (2016) The New Production of Users-The New Production of Users traces the history of designer-user relations from the era of mass production to the present days. Its focus lies in elaborating the currently emerging strategies and approaches to user involvement in business and citizen contexts. It analyses the challenges in the practical collaborations between designers and users, and it investigates a number of cases, where groups of users collectively took charge of innovation.
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.
Helminen et al. (2015) Designing user innovation toolkits-The aim of this paper was to explore the interrelation of the module library and the solution space by using a user innovation toolkit in the context of shopping center design. This preliminary exploration suggests that in order to ensure that users communicate their own individual needs, both the solution space and the module library should be opened up.
Jalas & Juntunen (2015) Energy intensive lifestyles-In this paper, we use time use data to model the direct and indirect energy use of households. From this, we present a decomposition analysis of the changes in the embedded and direct energy consumption of Finnish households from 1987 to 2009. We examine the relevant questions that arise from our analysis and suggest that time use approaches require a more explicit theorization of time.
Juntunen & Hyysalo (2015) Renewable micro-generation of heat and electricity-Science and technology studies (STS) have revealed a wide variety of different “configurations” of renewable energy technologies and the elements of social organization involved in their deployment. In this article we review current academic literature complemented with up to date documents to reveal existing socio-technical configurations of renewable micro-generation technologies.
Hyysalo & Usenyuk (2015) The user dominated technology era-Users invent new products and product categories, but the assumption has been that manufacturers will supplant users if their innovation is of value to many. The current paper examines Russian all terrain vehicles “karakats” to discuss a case of an era of extended user dominated technology and the related dynamics of dispersed peer-innovation.
Hyysalo & Hakkarainen (2014) What difference does a living lab make?-This paper reports on a rare opportunity to compare two unusually similar innovation projects, one of which relied on a living lab and the other that did not. Contrary to what one might have predicted, the living lab collaboration did not make the development paths very different, and the key challenges regarding design collaboration remained closely similar.
Hyysalo et al. (2014) Collaborative futuring with and by makers-By drawing elements from both lead-user workshops and participatory design, we conducted a futuring workshop, which allowed us to engage the local maker communities in identifying the issues relevant for a public maker space in 2020. Particularly the information about future solutions was of high relevance, as was the opportunity to trial and elaborate activities on a rolling basis in the prototype space.
Juntunen (2014) Prosuming Energy-Jouni K. Juntunen's PhD thesis examines renewable micro-generation and active energy prosumers activities in technology domestication, user innovation and online peer to peer support.
Johnson et al. (2014) The managed prosumer-This article compares the development of, at the outset, two very different information infrastructures: a social media service and an enterprise resource planning system. Despite the differences, we found similarities in how vendors managed their service development and customer base.
Juntunen (2014) Domestication pathways of small-scale renewable energy technologies-This study examines sociotechnical change and processes through which renewable micro-generation technologies become integrated as inseparable parts of everyday life. The analysis follows the domestication framework and asks what kinds of domestication processes are involved with resi- dential renewable energy production and use?
Hakkarainen & Hyysalo (2013) How Do We Keep the Living Laboratory Alive?-Living lab environments are often promoted as a way to engage private companies, citizens, researchers, and public organizations in mutually beneficial learning. Based on an in-depth case study of a four-year living lab collaboration in gerontechnology, we agree that successful living lab development hinges on learning between the parties, yet its emergence cannot be presumed or taken for granted.
Johnson & Hyysalo (2012) Lessons for participatory designers of social media-In this paper we distil lessons for participatory designers from an in-depth case study of an over decade-long service development in industry, Habbo Hotel by Sulake Corporation. We argue that the range of core issues that shape user participation in social media can be captured by three interrelated issues: 1) shifts in developer--user social distance, 2) cumulated user knowledge beyond one project, and 3) user-generated content and user-owned services.