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Marketta Kyttä works as a professor of Land Use Planning in the department of Built Environment in Aalto. She received her PhD in the Department of Architecture from Helsinki University of Technology in 2004. Her doctoral thesis about child-friendly environments received two scientific awards, Lea Pulkkinen and Tapio Nummenmaa awards.

Having background in environmental psychology, her interests cover widely human aspects in planning. Her research topics include environments that promote wellbeing and health, active living, child- and age-friendly environments, social sustainability, urban lifestyles, perceived safety and new methods for public participation. The innovation of her team, “softGIS” methodology, that is an advanced example of PPGIS (public participation GIS) methodology, enable the provision of people's place-based knowledge in the GIS format, complementing the traditional GIS-data. Geospatial World Forum granted softGIS team a webGIS Innovation award in 2010. Currently, The Maptionnaire methodology, that is the commercialised version of softGIS, has been used in over 2 000 projects in more than 80 countries.

Professor Kyttä has authored more than 100 scientific articles with more than 4500 citations. Kyttä has worked in several universities abroad, e.g. Milan Polytechnics (Italy), University of Queensland and Melbourne (Australia) andSan Diego State University, US.

Kyttä is a leader of a Master’s programme, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering that integrates the fields of land use and transportation planning without forgetting the human focus.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctoral degree, Engineering and Technology, Helsinki University of Arts and Design

Award Date: 10 Feb 2004

Master's degree, Social Sciences, University of Helsinki

Award Date: 18 Apr 1989

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