Markku Lehtonen

Universitat Pompeu Fabra


Markku Lehtonen is associate researcher at the Groupe de Sociologie Pragmatique et Réflexive (GSPR), l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, and Associate Faculty at the SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit) of the University of Sussex, where he worked as research fellow from 2005 to 2015. From 2012 to 2014 he was researcher at IFRIS (Institute for Innovation and Research in Society) at the Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée. Markku holds a PhD in environmental economics (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, 2005) and an MSc in environmental studies (University of Helsinki, 1994).

Markku’s research focuses on energy and environmental policies, with special emphasis on nuclear energy, radioactive waste management, and biofuels. The main themes of his research include the role of expertise (especially indicators and evaluations); the evaluation of megaprojects; deliberative democracy; and public controversies over questions of energy and the environment.

Within HoNESt, Markku contributes to the research on the history of nuclear power in France, and to the coordination between the efforts of historians and social scientists.

Relevant Publications

Lehtonen, M., Joly, P.-B. & Aparicio, L. (eds.). 2017. Socioeconomic evaluation of megaprojects: Dealing with uncertainties. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.

Lehtonen, M. & Martiskainen, M. 2015. Nuclear power after Fukushima: prospects and implications. In: Ekins, P., Bradshaw, M., Watson, J (eds.) Global Energy: Issues, Potentials, and Policy Implications. Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press. Pp. 306-330.

Lehtonen, M. 2014. Evaluating megaprojects: from the “iron triangle” to network mapping. Evaluation 20(3): 278-295.

Teräväinen, T., Lehtonen, M. & Martiskainen, M. 2011. Climate change, energy security and risk – Debating new nuclear build in Finland, France and the UK. Energy Policy 39(6): 3434–3442.

Lehtonen, M. 2010. Deliberative decision-making on radioactive waste management in Finland, France and the UK: Influence of mixed forms of deliberation in the macro discursive context. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences 7(3): 175-196.