Farid Karimi

WebsiteFarid O. Karimi is a senior researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Bioeconomy.


Farid is an environmental social scientist. His main research interests are in the social sciences, with a particular focus on issues related to the energy transition, climate change, energy security and energy politics. Furthermore, Farid has taught courses on global environmental challenges, environment and culture and cross-cultural risk governance, among others.

Farid has several years of international work experience in various interdisciplinary fields, both in and outside academia. He has worked at the University of Greifswald in Germany; at Aalto University and the University of Helsinki in Finland; as a visiting fellow at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria; and in the European Patent Office in the Netherlands. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki and an MSc. in Sustainable Energy Technology from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. During his PhD studies, he visited the University of Essex, UK and the University of Texas at Austin, USA. His PhD dissertation aimed to demonstrate the impacts of cultural orientations in risk perceptions of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and their policy implications.



(Feel free to get in touch for the supervision of and topics for bachelor/master theses and PhD dissertations)

Personal website: www.faridkarimi.eu


Currently, I teach the following courses:

  • Environmental outreach (CM18LR02-3003)
  • Participatory Processes and Conflict Management (NRM19LC03-3002)
  •  Bioeconomy Innovation (CM16BI04-3003)


Selected Publications & Research Output


  • Karimi, F. (2021). Stakeholders’ Risk Perceptions of Decarbonised Energy System: Insights into Patterns of Behaviour. Energies 14 (21), 7205.
  • Karimi, F., Rodi, M. (2021). Energy-transition challenges in the Baltic Sea Region: an overview of socio-political and legal gaps, in Mišík., M; Oravcová, V. From economic to energy transition: Three decades of transitions in Central and Eastern Europe. Palgrave.
  • Ivandic, M., Shogenova, A., Karimi, F., Wójcicki, A., Shogenov, K. (2021) Routing Deployment of CCUS in the Baltic Sea Region. SINTEF Proceedings 7.
  • Karimi, F., Toikka, A. (2018). General Public Reactions to CCS: does culture matter? International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 70, 193-201.
  • Karimi, F. (2017). Timescapes and CCS projects: Is deferring projects and policies just kicking the can down the road? Energy Procedia 14, 7317–7325.
  • Karimi, F., Komendantova, N. (2017). Understanding experts' views and risk perceptions on carbon capture and storage in three European countries. GeoJournal 82, 185-200.
  • Karimi, F., Toikka, A. & Hukkinen, J. I. (2016). Comparative Socio-Cultural Analysis of Risk Perception of Carbon Capture and Storage in the European Union. Energy Research & Social Science 21, 114-122.
  • Karimi, F., Toikka, A. (2014). The relation of cultural structures and risk perception: How does social acceptance of carbon capture and storage emerge? Energy Procedia 63, 7087–7095.
  •  Karimi, F., Goulas, A., Barzmehri, M. M., & Anggana Putri, M. (2012). CCS potential in Norway - Exploring the role of flagship projects: The Mongstad and Kårstø case studies. International Journal of Sustainable Water and Environmental Systems 4, 23-34.


  • Karimi, F., Rodi, M. (forthcoming). Energy Transition in the Baltic Sea Region: Understanding Stakeholder Engagement and Community Acceptance. Routledge Studies in Energy Transitions.


  •  Karimi, F. (2017). Socio-cultural factors in risk perceptions of Carbon Capture and Storage. PhD dissertation, Faculty of Social Sciences. Helsinki: University of Helsinki.


  • Karimi, F. (2020). Stepping stones to an integrated electricity market in the Baltic Sea Region. Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research.
  • https://phil.uni-greifswald.de/en/departments/facilities-organisations/ifzo/research-groups/energy/energy-detailview/n/stepping-stones-to-an-integrated-electricity-market-in-the-baltic-sea-region-78719/
  • Karimi, F. (2020). Sassnitz, Washington, Brussels and Berlin: the development of controversial Nord Stream 2. Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research.
  • https://phil.uni-greifswald.de/en/departments/facilities-organisations/ifzo/research-groups/energy/energy-detailview/n/sassnitz-washington-bruessel-und-berlin-die-entwicklung-der-kontroverse-um-nord-stream-2-71287/
  • Karimi, F. (2018). How culture affects perceptions of climate change related technology. Nexus.
  • https://blog.iiasa.ac.at/2018/12/21/how-culture-affects-perceptions-of-climate-change-related-technology/


  • Karimi et al. (2018). Better Policies Accelerate Clean Energy Transition- Focus on energy system flexibility. Policy brief. Nordic Energy Research and Nordic Council of Ministers (Flex4RES project) http://www.nordicenergy.org/article/better-policies-accelerate-clean-energy-transition/


  • Svenska Yle: https://svenska.yle.fi/artikel/2021/02/14/nord-stream-2-delar-europas-politik-forskare-polariseringen-ar-ett-misslyckande?utm_source=twitter-share&utm_medium=social
  • Moritz Magazine (GER): https://webmoritz.de/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/mm145_web_v131-1.pdf.pdf


  • FIN: https://www2.helsinki.fi/fi/uutiset/kestava-kehitys/tarvitsemme-lisaa-hiilivarastoja-mista-muusta-kuin-metsista-on-nieluiksi 
  • ENG: https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/news/sustainability-news/how-saving-forests-soil-and-peatlands-could-help-save-the-planet 



Routing Deployment of CCUS in the Baltic Sea Region

  • Project Partners: Uppsala University, BASRECCS, Tallinn University of Technology, Polish Geological Institute-National Research Institute, Novia University of Applied Sciences, Åland University of Applied Sciences.
  • Funder: Swedish Institute
  • Status: ongoing
  • https://bcforum.net/projects.php
  •  https://si.se/en/projects-granted-funding/routeccs-routing-deployment-of-carbon-capture-use-and-storage-in-the-baltic-sea-region/