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Artistic and research interests

I am Full Professor of strategic urban planning and Head of Department at Aalto University, Department of Built Environment. I am also Docent at University of Oulu, specialized in planning theory and communicative planning. I am editorial member of the journals Planning Theory, Planning Theory and Practice, European Planning Studies and Nordic Journal of Urban Studies. I have recently published articles on strategies, boundary crossing, institutions, democracy and power in spatial and land use planning. I have been visiting professor in Politecnico di Milano, University of Amsterdam, Newcastle University and University of Aalborg.

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctoral degree, Engineering and Technology, University of Oulu

Award Date: 10 May 2001

Master's degree, Architecture, University of Oulu

Award Date: 10 Feb 1994

External positions

Professor, director, Helsinki University of Technology

1 Oct 200831 Dec 2009

Adjunct Professor, University of Oulu

1 Feb 2005 → …


  • Planning theory, planning practice, strategic spatial planning, land-use planning system


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