Our highlight this week: Arnas Palaima

Sustainable Urban Systems

Arnas Palaima is a Marie Curie Fellow in Ecological Economics at University of Cambridge. Currently Arnas’s key research interest is eco-innovation, ecological economics and ecosystem-based management (EBM) of coastal/marine social-ecological systems. More specifically Arnas seeks to quantify mathematical relationships among key economic and ecosystem structural/functional variables in the Baltic social-ecological system. Results of Arnas’s research are expected to contribute to the building of foundation for mainstreaming natural capital into decisions for numerous coastal/marine social-ecological systems in Europe and worldwide by providing evidence based, quantitative basis to make informative decisions in optimizing economic development and sustainability goals.


Arnas’s main research interest areas:

  • Circular economy
  • Eco-Innovation
  • Education
  • Ecosystem-based management
  • Mainstreaming natural capital into decisions


Arnas’s favorite cities and why:

Vilnius (Lithuania)


Arnas’s collaboration interests:

One of Arnas’ current broad-impact projects is Eco-Innovator. Eco-Innovator is a sustainability-focused social enterprise seeking to empower global students to make the world more sustainable. More specifically, it is creating a Web-based Accredited Program in Eco-innovation and Sustainability for global students. The program would enable students to solve REAL-WORLD sustainability challenges provided by industry, cities, research and other organizations that are looking for solutions to reduce environmental footprint and make a transit to the green economy. The program would be powered by SOLVE software platform currently being developed by Eco-Innovator. SOLVE would integrate three key technologies: (1) Virtual Innovation Lab Technology that facilitates and automates student innovation process; (2) Performance Assessment Algorithm Technology that translates innovation data to standardized student innovation metrics/score; and (3) AI/Deep Learning-enabled Technology that speeds up eco-innovation process. At the moment Eco-Innovator is being developed at University of Cambridge. Eco-Innovator is seeking for potential strategic partners with major global research universities, industry and cities.