Johanna Kentala-Lehtonen

Biography: 

Johanna Kentala-Lehtonen is a visiting researcher from the University of Tampere, Finland, where she is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the School of Management since 2009. Her PhD dissertation focuses on different practices that big business actors use in order to influence the pace and direction of the climate policy at the EU and international levels.

Her research interests include:
- International climate change politics
- Private actors in climate politics
- Political strategies of business actors
- Global environmental governance

Kentala-Lehtonen studied political science in the University of Jyväskylä and Université de Lausanne, and geography in the University of Oulu. She holds a Masters degree in Social Sciences from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

In 2007 and 2008 she was working with climate change related research as a Researcher in Hellenberg.com in Finland and as a Research Assistant in Nordregio - Nordic Center for Spatial Development in Stockholm. Previously she has also worked in the European Parliament as an assistant to a MEP, and done two internships in the Permanent Missions of Finland to the United Nations in New York and in Geneva.

Kentala-Lehtonen has also held several positions of trust, including the membership in the board of the United Nations Association of Finland for ten years (2003-2012), from which as a vice-chairman during the years of 2009 and 2012.

Currently she is a member of the Earth System Governance Project Research Fellow group and a coordinator for the group in North Europe.