Urbanising Society (URBAN)

Urbanisation has advanced at great pace in Finland. Even so, we continue to lag behind other Western European countries. Finland has the advantage of coming from behind. We can look at how urbanisation has advanced in other countries and put this information to good use in our own processes of urbanisation. Research under this theme needs to solve questions such as how cities can respond to residents’ needs, what adds to the appeal and competiveness of cities, how cities support innovations, and how functional labour markets are created in cities. It is also important to find ways in which the strengthening of cities can contribute to enhancing the vitality of surrounding regions.

Research under this theme will be aimed at increasing understanding of urbanisation and its impacts on the interaction between cities and regions and on the vitality of regions. The research approaches include, for example, digitalisation and resource efficiency. Information and solutions are needed about how to promote health and wellbeing, and about how urbanisation is affected by community planning, planning and land use policy, housing policy, taxation and industrial and commercial policy. Research can shed light on the impacts of urbanisation on how and where people will live in the future, on where the various functions of society should be located, on how mobility and transport should be arranged, on how social and health problems and opportunities will change, on how energy will be produced, on what kinds of resources will be available (e.g. quality of air, access to clean water, and food), and so on. Research is needed to explore the characteristics of centralised and decentralised community structures from different perspectives, specifically from the point of view of energy production and consumption, different industries, security of supply and self-sufficiency. Furthermore, research is needed into how the changing demography, the diversification of households and lifestyles, the growth of multi-place living, internationalisation and differences in people’s values and practices influence the development of cities.


Urbanization, Mobilities and Immigration (URMI)
Jussi Jauhiainen, University of Turku, consortium PI
Aleksi Neuvonen, Demos Helsinki
Marko Peter Joas, Åbo Akademi University
Timo Kauppinen, Institute for Health and Welfare
Panu Lehtovuori, Tampere University
Tuomas Martikainen, Migration Institute of Finland
Tiit Tammaru, University of Tartu

Beyond MALPE coordination: Integrative Envisioning (BEMINE)
Raine Mäntysalo, Aalto University, consortium PI
Simin Davoudi, Newcastle University
Juha Honkatukia, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
Jouni Häkli, Tampere University
Kati-Jasmin Kosonen, Tampere City Region
Kimmo Lapintie, Aalto University
Ari Nissinen, Finnish Environment Institute
Petter Næss, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Joseph Ravetz, University of Manchester
Maria Ritola, Demos Helsinki
Hannu Tervo, University of Jyväskylä
Jarmo Vakkuri, Tampere University

Dwellers in Agile Cities (DAC)
Helena Leino, Tampere University, consortium PI
Markku Hedman, Tampere University
Mikael Hildén, Finnish Environment Institute
Liisa Häikiö, Tampere University
Markus Laine, Tampere University
Nina Wessberg, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

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Professor Riitta Kosonen

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