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Suvi Kokko

Suvi Kokko
Suvi Kokko is a PhD student at the Department of Economics. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration from the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Finland.


Suvi is interested in sustainable development and improvment of people's well-being in both urban and rural settings. Her previous and current work and research have taken her to various countries in East and West Africa, with latest fieldwork conducted in Nairobi, Kenya.

Keywords: social entrepreneurship, social innovation, social value, sustainable development 



Suvi supervises course projects in marketing and environmental management as well as Bachelor level theses. She also gives a lecture in Social Entrepreneurship.



Suvi’s PhD research project focuses on social entrepreneurship and social value. With innovative products and services, social entrepreneurs can be significant providers of solutions for sustainable development and poverty alleviation.

The aim of this project is to examine what constitutes social value and how social entrepreneurs create social value. The first half of the research project has focused on quantitative methods to rank and investigate how and why beneficiaries of social innovations perceive created value. The second half of the research project takes a more qualitative approach in studying social value creation, investigating how social entrepreneurs create value in interplay with their specific contexts.  Empirically, this project is investigating a Swedish social innovation, the Peepoo-bag, in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya.

This research is of multidisciplinary nature, bringing together three distinct fields of study: methods for quantitatively measuring social values; the contextualization of social entrepreneurial development; and the empirical social value of improved sanitation.

Suvi is also part a team evaluating the restauration of Hornborgasjön, a lake restaured in the 1990s and which has become one of Europe's most important wetlands. The evaluation focuses on understanding the effects the restauration has had on the neighbouring farmers and their farming activities.

Selected publications

Published Journal Articles

Kokko, S. & Lagerkvist, C-J. 2016. Using Zaltman Metaphor Elicitation Technique to Map Beneficiaries’ Experiences and Values: A Case Example from the Sanitation Sector. American Journal of Evaluation, Published online before print May 19, 2016, doi: 10.1177/1098214016649054.


Kokko, S., Lukkarinen, J. and Mark-Herbert, C. 2014. Public-private partnerships and social performance in the forest industry, Social Business 4(1): 15-31.


Lagerkvist, C-J., Kokko, S. and Karanja, N. 2014. Health in perspective: framing motivational factors for personal sanitation in urban slums in Nairobi, Kenya, using anchored best-worst scaling, Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development 4(1): 108-119.



Popular Science Reports

Westholm, L. and Kokko, S. 2011. Prospects for REDD+ - a study of local forest management in Burkina Faso,


Conference papers

Ferguson, R. Astner, H., Kokko, S., Roos, A. & Tunberg, M. 2015. The Importance of Place in Rural Entrepreneurship: Conceptualizing Rural Context. Presented at 8th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development ICEIRD, 18-19 June, 2015, Sheffield.


Kokko, S. & Mark-Herbert, C. 2009. Public-Private Partnerships in Corporate Management – A case study of Stora Enso. Presented at Vaasa University, 7 - 9 September 2009. Corporate Responsibility Research (CRR) Conference.



Kokko, S. 2010. Local Forest Governance and Benefit Sharing from Reduced Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) – A case study from Burkina Faso,, Master’s degree thesis in Environmental Science.

Kokko, S 2004 ‘Guideline to Planning the Implementation of an On-Line Self-Booking Tool in Stora Enso’, Bachelor’s degree thesis in International Business

Researcher at the Department of Economics; Decision-making and Managerial Behavior
Postal address:
Institutionen för ekonomi, Box 7013
75007 Uppsala
Visiting address: Ulls hus, Ulls väg 27, 756 51 Ultuna, Uppsala