Areas of expertise
spatial expertise: Europe, Tanzania (Zanzibar), the Faroe Islands
I am Adjunct professor (Docent) in participatory landscape research at the University of Turku. Currently, I am an Academy Research Fellow and principal investigator of the Academy of Finland funded research project Wellbeing benefits of urban green infrastructure mapped through participation and 3D virtual landscapes (GreenPlace 2019-24, utu.fi/greenplace).
I hold a PhD in Geography (2012) from the Department of Geography at University of Turku. I spent my main post-doctoral researcher phase 2014-18 at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management. In 2018, I have also spent a short post-doctoral phase at Aalto University, Department of Built Environment. In 2018-19 I was university lecturer in geoinformatics at University of Turku.
I am currently responsible teacher for the course MAAN7340 Participation, Spatial Planning and GIS and supervise Master's and Doctoral theses.
I am a human geographer and landscape researhcer whose research has for the most part focused on participatory spatial plannning and applying GIS for participation in place-based assessments of local experiential knowledge on ecosystem services and landscapes.
My research has increased understanding of the role of socio-cultural values and perceptions for transdisciplinary planning and management of sustainable societies. My research interests link to a holistic understanding of human-environment interactions in spatial context and are situated at the interface of human and natural sciences. In general, I have applied an integrated human geography and landscape ecological perspective to promote sustainable planning and management of multifunctional landscapes under the social-ecological systems framework.
I have methodological interest in integration of expert and local knowledge, aiming to enhance a transdisciplinary approach in landscape management. Recently, I have developed my research interests to integrating emerging spatial information and technologies (such as 3D virtual landscapes and 3D city models) to promote participatory approaches for assessing perceived quality of the environment in a place-based way.