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Mira Käkönen

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Tampere Institute for Advanced Study
Tampere University
phone number+358504431550
City Centre Campus

Research topics

Environmental governance, climate change, rivers and deltas, hydrosocial relations, vulnerability, politics of knowledge, expertise and infrastructure, co-production of resources and power formations, large dams, green economy, carbon markets

Research areas: Southeast Asia, Mekong Region, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam

Research fields

Political ecology, global development studies, power analytics, social studies of infrastructure, political geography

Selected publications

Käkönen, M. (2022) Resurgent dams: shifting power formations, persistent harms, and obscured responsibilities Globalizations.

Käkönen, M. (2020) Fixing the fluid: Making Resources and ordering hydrosocial relations in the Mekong Region . Doctoral dissertation. Helsinki: University of Helsinki. 

Käkönen, M. and Thuon, T. (2019) Overlapping zones of exclusion: carbon markets, corporate hydropower enclaves and timber extraction in Cambodia. The Journal of Peasant Studies 46(6), 1192-1218. 

Käkönen, M. (2019) Ympäristökysymykset ja valtasuhteet Mekongin alueella [Environmental power relations in the Mekong Region]. In E. Kettunen (Ed.) Kaakkois-Aasia: Talous, ympäristö ja yhteiskunta [Southeast Asia: Economy, environment and society]. Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 144-166.

Lebel, L., Käkönen, M., Dany, V., Lebel, P., Try, T. & Voladet, S. (2018) The framing and governance of climate change adaptation projects in Lao PDR and Cambodia. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 18:3, 429–446.  

Räsänen, A., Juhola, S., Monge, A., Käkönen, M., Kanninen, M. and Nygren, A. (2017) Identifying mismatches between institutional perceptions of water-related risk drivers and water management strategies in three river basin areas. Journal of Hydrology 550, 704-715  

Räsänen, A., Juhola, S., Nygren, A., Käkönen, M., Monge Monge A. and Kanninen M. (2016) Climate change, multiple stressors and human vulnerability: a systematic review. Regional Environmental Change 16, 2291–2302. 

Nygren, A., M. Käkönen and J. Ylhäisi, J. S. (2016) Kehitysmaiden maaseudut [Changing rural lives]. In Koponen, J. M., Lanki, J., Sato, M. and Kervinen, A. (Eds) Kehityksen tutkimus: Johdatus perusteisiin. [Introduction to Development Studies] Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 207-229. 

Nygren, A., Koponen, J., Ylhäisi, J. and Käkönen, M. (2016) Ympäristö ja kehitys. [Environment and Development] In Kehityksen tutkimus: Johdatus perusteisiin. [Introduction to Development Studies]. In Koponen, J. M., Lanki, J., Sato, M. and Kervinen, A. (Eds). Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 283-309.

Käkönen, M., Lebel, L., Karhunmaa, K., Dany, V. and Try, T. (2014) Rendering Climate Change Governable in the Least-Developed Countries: Policy Narratives and Expert Technologies in Cambodia. Forum for Development Studies 41(3), 1–25. 

Kaisti, H. and Käkönen, M. (2012) Actors, Interests and Forces Shaping the Energyscape of the Mekong Region. Forum for Development Studies 39(2), 147-158. 

Käkönen, M. and Kaisti, H. (2012) The World Bank, Laos and Renewable Energy Revolution in the Making: Challenges in Alleviating Poverty and Mitigating Climate Change. Forum for Development Studies, 39(2), 159–184.  

Keskinen, M., Kummu, M., Käkönen, M. and Varis, O. (2012) Mekong at the Crossroads: Next Steps for Impact Assessment of Large Dams , Ambio 41(3), 319–324. 

Käkönen, M. and Hirsch, P. (2009) The Anti-Politics of Mekong Knowledge Production. In Francois Molle, Tira Foran and Mira Käkönen (eds.), Contested Waterscapes in the Mekong Region: Hydropower, Livelihoods and Governance. London: Earthscan, pp. 333-365.

Käkönen, M. (2008) Mekong Delta at crossroads: More adaptation or control?. Ambio 37(3), 205–212. 

Keskinen, M., Käkönen, M., Tola, P. and Varis, O. (2007) The Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia; water-related conflicts with abundance of water . The Economics of Peace and Security Journal 2(2), 49–59.