Timo Myllyntaus

Membership:  2012

Member Bio

Timo Myllyntaus works as a professor of Finnish history at the University of Turku, where he teaches modern history and historical research methodology. He gained his M.Soc.Sc. and Licentiate (post-graduate qualification) at the University of Helsinki and PhD from the London School of Economics. The emphasis of his research has been on the economic, environmental, and technological history of the energy sector. However, his most recent edited volume, Thinking through the Environment: Green Approaches to Global History (White Horse Press, 2011), focuses on methodologies in environmental history. He has also co-edited books on the economic history of small countries, such as Pathbreakers: Small European Countries Responding to Globalisation and De-Globalisation, which was published by Peter Lang in 2008. In addition, he has published more than 100 scientific articles and chaired the local organizing committee that hosted the Sixth ESEH Conference in summer 2011 in Turku, Finland.


  • “Methods in Environmental History.” In Thinking through the Environment: Green Approaches to Global History, edited by Timo Myllyntaus, 1-14. Cambridge: White Horse Press, 2011.
  • “Farewell to Self-Sufficiency: Finland and the Globalization of Fossil Fuels.” In Energy, Policy, and the Environment: Modeling Sustainable Development for the North, edited by Marja Järvelä and Sirkku Juhola, Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation vol. 6, 31-44. New York: Springer Science + Business Media, 2011.
  • “Changing Forests, Moving Targets in Finland.” In Restoration and History: The Search for a Usable Environmental Past, edited by Marcus Hall, Routledge Studies in Modern History vol. 8, 46-57. London: Routledge, 2010.
  • “Anxiety and Technological Change—Explaining the Inverted U-curve of Sulphur Dioxide Emis¬sions in Late 20th Century Finland.” In Ecological Economics 69, no 7 (2010): 1587-1593. With Jan Kunnas.
  • “Summer Frost: A Natural Hazard with Fatal Consequences in Pre-industrial Finland.” In Natural Disasters and Cultural Responses: Case Studies toward a Global En