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University Lecturer, Geography
Dr.Sc.(Econ.), Adjunct Professor


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Natura yliopistonmäki

Areas of expertise

Innovation districts
Innovation systems in space
Cluster transformation
Geography of the firm
Management geography
Corporate responsibility
Entrepreneurship and institutional change
Socio-spatial embeddedness of economic action
Internationalisation of architecture
Methodology in economic geography


Partner Investigator, "Rebuilding Troubled Regions", Australian Research Council, 2021-2023; Research Director, Dept of Geography 2019-2020; Guest lecturer, University of Cologne 2019; Visiting scholar, Technical University of Berlin 2019; Project leader, TSE 2019; Research Director, CCR 2017 - 2018; Professor, Economic Geography, TSE 2007-2017. Previously researcher and visiting scholar (Helsinki School of Economics; University of Uppsala 1988–89; University of Stanford/SCANCOR 1993; UNC-North Carolina 1993; UC- Berkeley 1994; Erasmus Rotterdam 1995​–2006).

Docent: Aalto University School of Business (Geography of the firm).

Docent: Turku School of Economics (Economic Geography).

Degrees: Dr.Sc.(Econ.); Lic.Sc.(Econ.);  M.Sc.(Econ.), Helsinki School of Economics (now Aalto University).

Selected activities:

Series Advisory Editor, Springer Economic Geography Series, 2018 – .

Member, Committee of Research and Doctoral Studies (TuJa), Turku School of Economics, August 2012 – July 2017.

Member, Board of the Doctoral Programme of TSE, August 2012 – July 2017.

Member, OpenUTU steering group, September 2015 – 2018.

Editorial Advisory Board Member, European Journal of Innovation Management, 2015–2017.

Editor, Regional Studies (2008–2013)

Book Review Editor, Regional Studies (2007–2013)

Vice-Chair (2009–2011) and Chair (2011–2014), International Geographical Union (IGU) National Committee

Reviewer for leading journals in economic geography and related disciplines

Steering Committee Member, IGU Commission on the Organization of Industrial Space (1992–1996; 1997–2001)​


M.Sc. and Dr.Sc. supervision in Economic Geography. Doctoral candidates: Janne Lindstedt, Susanna Kivelä, Kari Mäkeläinen, Lucía Gomez, Jarmo Nikander, Sidath Alwis; Completed: Maria Höyssä (TSE 2013), Ewald Kibler (TSE 2012), Caterina Marchionni (co-supervisor, Erasmus 2005), Riitta Kosonen (HSE 2002).


Innovation districts in emerging and advanced economies (IDeaS project; TSP as innovation laboratory project); MNE strategies and changing power balances in the global economy (book project); research collaborations on the themes of management geography; innovation systems in space; cluster transformation; start-up entrepreneurship and institutional change (e.g., Traveling start-up scene project).


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