Pirkko Kasanen’s activities

Pirkko Kasanen

Getting prepared for liberty

Pirkko has written a book called Getting Prepared for Liberty. A Workbook for a New Retiree, in Finnish: Valmistaudu vapauteen. Aloittelevan eläkeläisen työkirja (Otava 2021). She writes, coaches and speaks on the subject, see Puhujatori for speaking engagements.

Women’s Bank

Pirkko works as a volunteer for Women’s Bank, since 2021 as the chairperson of the local association in Helsinki.


Pirkko is a member of the board of Tyrsky Consulting.

Pirkko Kasanen serves as an evaluator of project proposals in EU programmes since 2010.


VAPET – Leisure Living and Eco-Efficiency

The project, belonging to the Environmental Cluster Research Programme of the Ministry of the Environment, was built on research proposals by seven research organisations through a common pre-study and negotiations. The group had to agree on how to clarify the common goal and how to focus the study and allocate tasks, given the limited budget. Pirkko Kasanen managed the pre-study and the start of the project, co-ordination of the activities of the first year and the communication activities during that time. (2006-2007)

ELDERATHOME – The Prerequisites of the Elderly for Living at Home

Pirkko Kasanen invited five research organisations from four countries to participate in this research project in the 5th Framework Programme of the EU. Kasanen also managed a group of about 20 Finnish companies and other organisations that represented the users of the research results. This co-ordination task included preparing the proposal based on the material supplied by the partners, contract negotiations with the Commission, organising and chairing the project meetings, midterm reports, workshops with stakeholders, final report and communication acitivities. (2001-2004)

LINKKI 2 – Research Programme on Energy Conservation Decisions and Behaviour

The programme, mostly funded by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, consisted of 26 research projects. The goals were set and the co-ordination was carried out in close co-operation with the users of the results who were represented in the executive committee and thematic steering groups. Kasanen prepared the annual application rounds for funding, followed the progress of the projects, organised the communication among research and stakeholders, edited the publication series and the final report, and organised the annual seminars. An article by Kasanen analysing the working methods of the programme was awarded the Swiss Transdisciplinarity Award in 2000 at the International Transdisciplinarity Conference. (1997-2001)