New forms of multi-local working: identifying multi-locality in planning as well as public and private organizations’ strategies in the Helsinki region

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  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences


Over the last decades, there has been a significant development towards new forms of multi-locality, particularly for job-related reasons. In addition to offices, many can work in multiple places (such as the home, co-working spaces, coffee shops and public libraries). In addition to workers in start-ups and small entrepreneurs, who are traditionally known to be more mobile, white-collar workers employed by organizations are increasingly becoming multi-local. However, little is known about the ways in which multi-locality is addressed within the urban regions. This phenomenon has been studied at Aalto and NMBU University within the BEMINE research project by analysing recent policy and planning documents, as well as organizations’ strategies within the Helsinki region. In addition to a literature review, a qualitative analysis of planning documents was conducted as well as semi- structured interviews with five organizations (both private and public) in Finland employing mobile white-collars. The findings reveal that while policy-makers and city planners have not yet addressed the complexity of multi-locality, both private and public organizations are focusing on more concrete multi-local strategies and working practices. More dialogue is needed amongst policy- makers, city planners and organizations to address multi-locality at different levels of analysis and planning.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2015-2035
Number of pages21
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Issue number10
Early online date3 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Multi-locality, working in multiple places, multi- functionality, re-organization of work, non-traditional workplaces

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