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Regional Studies

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Division of Biogeoscience
Division of Geology and Geochemistry
Division of Urban Geograpahy and Regional Studies
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Regional Studies

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Regional studies focuses on people and their relationship with changing environments. These changes are traced by examining regions or regional systems in detail. Central themes include:

  • land use
  • environmental monitoring
  • urban and regional structures
  • factors affecting regional development and differentiation
  • methods to manage and direct regional development

Research topics and the scale of examination areas may vary from local communities to global issues and systems.

The teachers of regional studies encourage students to scientific and creative thinking – to find varying viewpoints and versatile solutions. Scientific research and learning are completed with practical skills, written works and oral presentations.

Students graduated in regional studies usually have good employment opportunities. They often hold responsible positions at universities and other research organizations, administrative offices, enterprises and civic organizations.

At the University of Helsinki, students of regional science may choose between four fields of specialization: development geography, planning geography, tourism geography and urban geography.