- Steffen Farny
I am a post-doctoral researcher at the entrepreneurship research group, part of the Department of Management Studies at Aalto University School of Business in Helsinki, Finland. In my research, I mainly focus on sustainability and entrepreneurship, the role of emotions, and post-disaster recovery. I apply predominantly qualitative research methods to study practices, affect and institutional processes. As part of an EU-FP7 project, I investigated the entrepreneurship journey of community-based enterprises. My interest on post-disaster recovery has motivated me to do ethnographic field research in Haiti after the major 2010-earthquake, in a community in Southern Chile after a volcano eruption, and most recently on several islands in the Caribbean affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. In addition to that I try to research and engage in the development of challenge-based entrepreneurship education.
My principle current research topics at the moment:
• Entrepreneurial practices and disaster recovery
• Developing methods to capture emotion elicitation in communities
• Collective emotions in entrepreneurship and institutional processes
My educational background is in business studies and entrepreneurship, with a minor in environmental sciences: I did my Bachelor’s studies at the University of Groningen, and a double-degree program for my Master’s at the University of Cologne and Helsinki School of Economics. In 2016 I finalized my PhD dissertation entitled “Revisiting the Nexus of Entrepreneurship and Sustainability: Towards an Affective and Interactive Framework for the Sustainability Entrepreneurship Journey”. After working as a project researcher for University of Vaasa in the Tekes project “Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose”, I have returned to my alma mater, the entrepreneurship research group at Aalto.