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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.


Latest international publications:

[A1] Yigitcanlar, T., Kankanamge, N., Inkinen, T., Butler, L., Preston, A., Rezayee, M., Gill, P., Ostadnia, M., Ioppolo, G. and Senevirathne, M. (2021 in press). Pandemic vulnerability knowledge visualisation for strategic decision-making. A COVID-19 index for government response in Australia. Management Decision.

[A1) Goddard, M.A., Davies, Z.G., Guenat, S. ... Inkinen, T. ... & M. Dallimer (2021). A global horizon scan of the future impacts of robotics and autonomous systems on urban ecosystems. Nature Ecology & Evolution

[A1] Inkinen, T., Helminen, R. & J. Saarikoski (2021). Technological trajectories and scenarios in seaport digitalization. Research in Transportation Business and Managment. Article nr. 100633. DOI:

[A1] Makkonen, T. & T. Inkinen  (2021). Systems of environmental innovation. Sectoral and technological perspectives on Ballast Water Treatment Systems. WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs 20,

[C2] Inkinen, T., Yigitcanlar, T. & M. Wilson (eds. 2021). Smart Cities and Innovative Urban Technologies. Routledge, New York. E-ISBN: 9780367677947; ISBN: 9780367677930.

[A1] Lundén, J., M. Kosola, J. Kiuru, J. Kaskela & T. Inkinen (2021). Disclosed restaurant inspections on food safety show regional and local differences in Finland. Food Control 118, 107462.

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, WoS)
2) International Journal of Electronic Government Research (IGI, WoS)
3) International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development (Inderscience, WoS)
4) Journal of Urban Technology (Routledge, WoS)
5) Terra. Geographical Journal (TSV)


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A global horizon scan of the future impacts of robotics and autonomous systems on urban ecosystems (2021)

Nature Ecology and Evolution
Mark Goddard, Zoe Davies, Solène Guenat, Ferguson, Jessica Fisher, Teija Ahjokoski, Adeniran Akanni, Pippin Anderson, Fabio Angeoletto, Constantinos Antoniou, Adam Bates, Andrew Barkwith, Adam Berland, Christopher Bouch, Christine Rega-Brodsky, Loren Byrne, David Cameron, Rory Canavan, Tim Chapman, Stuart Connop, Steve Crossland, Marie Dade, David Dawson, Cynnamon Dobbs, Colleen Downs, Erle Ellis, Francisco Escobedo, Paul Gobster, Natalie Gulsrud, Burak Güneralp, Amy Hahs, James Hale, Christopher Hassall, Marcus Hedblom, Dieter Hochuli, Tommi Inkinen, Ioan-Cristian Ioja, Dave Kendal, Tom Knowland, Ingo Kowarik, Simon Langdale, Susannah Lerman, Ian MacGregor-Fors, Peter Manning, Peter Massini, Stacey McLean, David Mkwambisi, Alessandro Ossola, Gabriel Luque, Luis Pérez-Urrestarazu, Katia Perini, Gad Perry, Tristan Pett, Kate Plummer, Raoufou Radji, Uri Roll, Simon Potts, Heather Rumble, Jon Sadler, Stevienna de Saille, Sebastian Sautter, Catherine Scott, Assaf Shwartz, Robbert Snep, Carl Soulsbury, Tracy Smith, Margaret Stanley, Tim Van de Voorde, Stephen Venn, Philip Warren, Carla-Leanne Washbourne, Mark Whitling, Nicholas Williams, Jun Yang, Kumelachew Yeshitela, Ken Yocom, Martin Dallimer
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