1995 …2023

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Artistic and research interests

Professor Riku Vahala is specialized in water supply and sanitation where his current research interest is in natural organic matter removal from drinking water, asset management of water distribution and wastewater collection systems as well as impact of cold climate on water services. Before the university career he worked for ten years in water industry e.g. as a member of EUREAU Drinking Water and Wastewater Commissions and as a chairman of the European Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform.

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • 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 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctoral degree, Engineering and Technology, Helsinki University of Technology

Award Date: 12 Jun 2006

Master's degree, Engineering and Technology, Helsinki University of Technology

Award Date: 12 Dec 1994


  • Water and wastewater engineering
  • Drinking water quality
  • Drinking water treatment


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