I am Professor of Architectural and Urban Research (Alvar Aalto Chair) at Tampere University, Faculty of Built Environment, Unit of Architecture. I have been the director of the Seinäjoki Urban Laboratory since 2009. In my doctoral dissertation from the year 2000, I studied local potential of urban planning from the standpoint of ecological modernisation. My post-doctoral research 2001-2004 dealt with issues of spatial integration of immigrants in urban contexts. 2005-2009 I was the co-founder and leader of the university’s EDGE laboratory, which was specialised in analysing and modelling urban structures and processes by using GIS methods and developing new ones. In my recent work, I have explored topical issues of urban and regional development, and led several projects and consortiums as a principal investigator. My publications cover a wide range of topics from Alvar Aalto’s design approach to the development of railway station areas.
Fields of expertise
Urban planning, urban development, architectural theory