e2 consists of four doctors: Jussi, Karina, Kaisa and Ville. We generate social scientific knowledge for the needs of organisations, businesses, the media and political decision-making.


oes Finland have poor decision-makers and unpredictable people? Is the world chaotic and full of problems? The knowledge generated by e2 provides understanding about which elements of phenomena are fundamental and which demand a response. Succinctly said, e2 is professional research, clear presentation and fast processes all in one package.

The Chairman of the Board of the new e2 is Dr Ilkka Herlin. Among organisations supporting its operation are Keskitien tukisäätiö, the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners, MTK and Svenska Folkskolans Vänner. e2 is a member of the European Liberal Forum.

Quotations on e2

”Solving problems demands concrete scientific knowledge, which is where e2 comes in. The environment, democracy and social change are the leading topics.”

Ilkka Herlin, Chairman of the e2 Board


“A healthy society requires new, fresh thinking and a vision of a radical period of change, through which we will transition to a genuinely sustainable economy. Bioeconomy and new technology will play a major role in the change.”

Juha Marttila, Chairman of MTK, representative of a e2 funder

”The resolution of big problems requires international and national cooperation, expertise, and scientific knowledge in a number of fields.”

Tuija Talvitie, Deputy Chairman of the e2 Board and Executive Director

”A think tank can further the social impact of scientific knowledge by producing and delivering research results in a crystallised form. Knowledge on increasingly complex phenomena is required for decision-makers and public debate.”

Ilkka Ruostetsaari, e2 Board Member, Professor


The Doctors

D.Soc.Sc. KARINA JUTILA has worked as a researcher, columnist, trainer as well as in political back office positions, including in the Parliament. She has years of experience in generating knowledge for decision-makers. Jutila has studied political processes, the use of political power, civic engagement and attitudes. In recent years, she has also immersed herself in the issues of global responsibility and the bioeconomy.


D. Agriculture Sc. KAISA KARTTUNEN’s career includes approximately 10 years of work in several African countries and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Additionally, she has had various assignments related to food, agriculture, climate change, food security and international development in Finland. She is also an active writer and lecturer on food security topics.

D.Pol.Sc. VILLE PITKÄNEN worked previously at the Centre for Parliamentary Studies, University of Turku. He has studied, among other things, science communication, political communication and election campaigns. His recent publications have dealt with the attitudes and values of Finnish people. He is an experienced lecturer and expert regularly used by the media.

D.Pol.Sc. JUSSI WESTINEN is an expert in research on values, attitudes and voting behaviour, as well as statistical analyses. Westinen was one of the authors of the 2015 National Election Study. His doctoral thesis from Åbo Akademi University concerns cleavages and party-voter ties in Finland in the 21st century. Westinen is an active lecturer and he been involved as an expert in various media.