Leonie Paul

Junior Researcher
Business Studies
LUT Business School
LUT Focus Areas
Business and society - Sustainable renewal of business, industry and society


Leonie is a junior researcher in management and business studies, with a specific research interest in sustainable development and the necessary cognitive shifts required to implement sustainability in corporate settings. Her doctoral position runs under the REDI program which received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Further Leonie is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie scholar.

Leonie is pursuing her doctoral degree with a focus on the micro-foundations of sustainability. Her research links cognitive processes with hands-on sustainable decision-making and actions while exploring opportunities to overcome knowledge-behavior gaps in sustainable development. Further areas of interest are regenerative business development, radical transformations, post-growth and well-being.

Before joining the doctoral program, Leonie worked as a junior educator aiming for transformative learning experiences for her students, especially in the area of sustainable development. She has presented on several occasions alternative and innovative teaching approaches and developed pedagogic course materials for University students, e.g. dealing with climate anxiety; sustainable entrepreneurship; Design Thinking for Sustainable Development, etc. She will continue this work throughout her doctoral journey and beyond.




Cognitive frames and framing
Sustainability in and beyond organizations
Regenerative Organizations
Inner and outer transformations

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