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Professor, Geography


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Areas of expertise

Economic Geography
Maritime Transport
Urban and Regional Studies


Tommi Inkinen is a Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Turku (UTU), Finland. Previously he was a Professor of Economic Geography (2012-2016) and an acting Professor of Human Geography (2008-2012) at the University of Helsinki (UH). In 2014 he also was the vice head of the Department of Geosciences and Geography at the UH. After Helsinki he worked as a Research Director and a Vice Director at the Brahea Centre of UTU from 2016 till the end of 2020. Prof. Inkinen holds also a title of Docent (Adjunct Professor) of Regional Studies (UH). His latest projects include “Geography and Innovative Competitiveness? Finnish Knowledge Regions in European and Global Economy” funded by the Academy of Finland. His research interests primarily cover the issues of innovation geography, urban technology, maritime studies, and industrial systems. These include the regional and social structuring of innovation systems, technology integration, regional development and logistics of transport. He's latest books include Geographies of Disruption (with Tan Yigitcanlar) by Springer (2019); and Smart Cities and Innovative Urban Technologies (edited with Tan Yigitcanlar and Mark Wilson) by Routledge (2021). Inkinen is a current chairman of the International Geographical Union’s (IGU) Innovation, Information and Technology Commission. He is also a current member (2022 till 2024) of the Research Council for Culture and Society of the Academy of Finland. Inkinen was an Editor-In-Chief (2010-2013) of a peer-reviewed quarterly national journal Terra, Finnish Geographical Journal.


Recent and forthcoming publications

Inkinen, T. (2024). The art of dancing for urban design. In Julie Miao & Tan Yigitcanlar (eds.): Routledge Companion of Creativity and the Built Environment. Routledge, London.

Inkinen, T., M. Heikkonen, Makkonen, T. & S. Rautiainen (2024). Multilayered spatial categories in tourism marketing and branding. Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, 31, 100867.

Inkinen, T., Yigitcanlar, T. & N. Kankanamge (eds. 2024). Sustainable Urban Technology. Sustainable Cities and Society.

Brunila, O.-P., Kunnaala-Hyrkki, V. & T. Inkinen (2023). Sustainable small ports: Performance assessment tool for management, responsibility, impact, and self-monitoring. Journal of Shipping and Trade, 8, 14.

Inkinen, T. (2023). E-services in urban areas.  In: Faïz Gallouj, Camal Gallouj, Marie-Christine Monnoyer, Luis Rubalcaba (eds): Elgar Encyclopedia of Services. Edward Elgar, London.

Makkonen, T. & T. Inkinen (2023). Benchmarking the vitality of shrinking rural regions in Finland. Journal of Rural Studies, 97: 334–344.

Makkonen, T., Inkinen, T. & S. Rautiainen (2023). Mapping spatio-temporal variations of shrinkage in Finland. Fennia. International Journal of Geography, 200:2.

Associate editorships in journals:

Sustainable Cities and Society (Elsevier)

Selected editorial board memberships in journals:

Journal of Open Innovation (Elsevier);

Journal of Urban Technology (Routledge);

Sustainable Horizons (Elsevier);

Terra. Finnish Geographical Journal (TSV)


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