Saana Rossi

Saana Rossi

Doctoral candidate, Architect


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    Artistic and research interests

    I am a researcher, architect and urbanist with a passion to build accessible and sustainable communities. I am curious about how cities and spaces affect people's behavior. I want to empower people to participate in planning and decision making more effectively, and through my research help planning organizations facilitate this in an transparent and inclusive way.

    I am currently doing doctoral research in a project focused on the health and wellbeing effects of urban environments and green areas. My personal research focuses on how to utilize knowledge gathered through citizen participation in planning, and how to increase communication and accountability between citizens, decision makers and planning organizations.

    I am also very interested in university management and academic affairs, and have actively participated in Aalto University educational development since 2012.

    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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

    Education/Academic qualification

    Architect, Aalto University

    Award Date: 31 Dec 2019

    External positions

    Chair of the Environment and Permits sub-committee, City of Helsinki


    Deputy member of city council, City of Helsinki


    Deputy member, Urban Environment committee, City of Helsinki



    • Planning theory
    • Participatory urban planning
    • Urban planning
    • SoftGIS


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