Tommi Inkinen profile picture
Research Director, Centre for Maritime Studies
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering


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Joukahaisenkatu 3-5

Areas of expertise

Economic Geography
Maritime Transport
Urban and Regional Studies


Professor Tommi Inkinen is a research director at the University of Turku. His discipline is logistical systems of maritime transportation. Previously he has been the vice chair of the Department of Geosciences and Geography at the University of Helsinki, Finland, where he worked as a Professor of Economic Geography and a Professor of Human Geography 2008 till 2016. He also holds Docentships of Regional Studies and Economic Geography. 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 maritime transport, logistical systems and port cities together with innovation and economic geography. These include the regional and social structuring of innovation systems, technology integration, regional development and logistics of transport. He and his research team have published extensively on these topics in international journals and collections. He is a current chairman of the International Geographical Union’s (IGU) Innovation, Information and Technology Commission and previously Editor-In-Chief of peer-reviewed quarterly journal Terra, Finnish Geographical Journal.


5 most recent Web of Science (WoS, ISI) indexed publications:

[1] Yigitcanlar, T. & T. Inkinen (2019, in press). Geographies of Disruption. Place Making for Innovation in the Age of Knoweldge Economy. Springer, New York. (WoS, Jufo: 2). [2] Makkonen, T. & T. Inkinen (2018). Sectoral and technological systems of environmental innovation. The case of marine scrubber systems. Journal of Cleaner Production, 200: 110–121. (Elsevier, WoS, Jufo: 3 [2019]).
[3] Inkinen, T., M. Merisalo & T. Makkonen (2018). Variations in the adoption and willingness to use e-services in three differentiated urban areas. European Planning Studies, 26:5 950–968. (Routdledge, WoS, Jufo: 2).

[4] Inkinen, T. & H. Ponto (2018). Money matters? A qualitative study of the funding organizations as a part of smart cities and innovative development. In Rodriquez Bolivar, M.P. (ed.): Smart Technologies for Smart Governments. Transparency, Efficency and Organizational Issues, Public Administration and Information Technology 24, 169–189. Springer, New York. (WoS, Jufo: 2).

[5] Makkonen, T., M. Merisalo & T. Inkinen (2018). Containers, facilitators, innovators? The role of cities and city employees in innovation activities. European Urban and Regional Studies, 25:1, 106-118. (Sage, WoS, Jufo: 2).
Current editor positions in international journals: 1) Journal of Open Innovation (Springer Open). Associate Editor since 2014. Editorial board memberships in national and international journals: 1) Asia Pacific Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Emerald) 2) International Journal of Electronic Government Research (IGI, WoS) 3) International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development (Inderscience) 4) Journal of Urban Technology (Routledge, WoS) 5) Terra. Geographical Journal (TSV)


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