Research group

CITER - Center for Innovation and Technology Research


CITER’s (Center for Innovation and Technology Research) research covers the interrelationships, dynamics and evolutionary trends among technology, innovations and different societal actors and structures. Our research group’s activities concentrate on developing competitiveness in the following focus areas – business and innovation ecosystems, modelling, technology business (commercialization and business model development) and foresight of technological evolution & technology strategy and innovation management.

Research focus and goals

CITER thrive to accumulate scientific information to support the decision-making of individuals as well as public and private organisations. Our objective is to increase the understanding of how companies can benefit from technological development in their businesses. Basic research focuses on generating scientific information on technological development, technology business and innovations. Applied research aims at pragmatic problem-solving, for example, by developing new business models.


Research group's projects:

CircVol (2018-2020) - The project “Future circular economy hubs in Finland” seeks solutions how to increase material flow in and facilitate business potential to emerge from circular economy hubs. As a result of diminishing natural resources and the related social demands and the needs of development of new business, circular economy hubs provide relevant platforms for developing circular economy principles in Finland. In Tampere, the project focuses on city district of Hiedenranta. Aim of the project is to find solutions and business opportunities to handle and use zero fibre. The Project involves units of Industrial, Civil and Environmental engineering at Tampere University.

Contact person: Jarmo Uusikartano, jarmo.uusikartano [at]


CircHubs (2017-2019) –  CircHubs is 6Aika: Future circular economy hubs in Finland collaborative ERDF project, whose objective is to find new business activities within the circular economy and to support the commercialisation of circular economy innovations in the metropolitan areas of the six biggest Finnish cities. The project provides services and network to support circular economy businesses. The project generates new knowledge about material flows, new business potentials and utilization possibilities in eco-industrial parks and circular economy centers.

Contact person: Jarmo Uusikartano, jarmo.uusikartano [at]


CICAT2025 (2018-2023) - The CICAT2025 accelerates Finland’s strategic aim to become the global leader in circular economy (CE) by 2025. CICAT2025 aims to assist CE actors to transform their innovations into profitable business. By examining technological, business, regulative and cultural catalysts of CE, the project brings new knowledge to help boost the development of CE business ecosystems. Our research group examines innovation and business ecosystems for the Circular economy, and digital technology catalysts and business catalysts.

Contact persons: Leena Aarikka-Stenroos, leena.aarikka-stenroos [at]; Linnea Harala, linnea.harala [at]


UPCE (Profi4) (2018-2022) - UPCE is a multidisciplinary research-profile project, focusing into the use of Living Lab approach in advancing circular economy in cities. The project involves researchers from environmental engineering, industrial management, aerosol physics and environmental policy. The project examines particularly Hiedanranta case and its Living labs. Our research group studies diverse stakeholder contributions, multi-actor collaborations, organization and business within Hiedanranta Living lab.

Contact person: Leena Aarikka-Stenroos, leena.aarikka-stenroos [at]


ILPO (2020-2021) - 6Aika: ILPO – Climate positive business parks and value chains project aims to support cities in achieving their ambitious climate goals. The ILPO project involves the value chains of companies and circular economy hubs in joint climate work that requires all actors in society. In the project, our research group studies the economic sustainability of solutions seeking climate-positive synergies and focuses on the value potential of cooperation between ecosystem actors and the business expectations and conditions of individual actors on the ecosystem. The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Contact person: Sami Rusthollkarhu, sami.rusthollkarhu [at]


ProCemPlus (2019-2021) - The Prosumer Centric Energy Communities – Towards Energy Ecosystems (ProCemPlus) project explores the formation of different energy communities towards business-oriented energy ecosystems. The project is funded by Business Finland and the consortium includes 11 companies. The project forms a holistic view of the impact of different factors on the development of energy communities and microgrids and explores the role of energy communities and microgrids in the future energy ecosystem. Our research team focuses on studying new business models and the role of the customer, as well as identifying challenges related to commercialization.

Contact persons: Saku Mäkinen, saku.makinen [at]; Jussi Valta, jussi.valta [at]


ROBINS (2019-2020) - In the project, sales operations are automated with the help of intelligent robotics, which will enable sales and marketing expertise to be utilized by SMEs and used for promoting international growth and internationalization. The project promotes scalable solutions and models utilizing B2B sales robotics, which together support the transition to an open intelligent marketing ecosystem.

Contact person: Sami Rusthollkarhu, sami.rusthollkarhu [at]

Contact persons

Leena Aarikka-Stenroos - leena.aarikka-stenroos [at] 503015476

Linnea Harala - linnea.harala [at]