There are 40 professionals working at Ruralia Institute.

Kurki Sami Director, Professor
Hyyryläinen Torsti Research Director, Vice Director
Karttunen Hanna-Riitta Service Coordinator, Controller
Principal Investigators  
Henrÿ Hagen Research Director, Adjunct Professor
  • cooperative studies
  • Hyyryläinen Torsti Research Director, Vice Director
  • regional and local development policies and politics
  • Kurki Sami Director, Professor
  • sustainability science, nature-based entrepreneurship, innovation processes
  • Lähdesmäki Merja Senior Researcher
  • rural entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, sustainable food chain
  • Riukulehto Sulevi Research Director, Adjunct Professor
  • regional history and cultural heritage
  • Ryynänen Toni Senior Researcher, Adjunct Professor
  • consumer research, qualitative methods
  • Tikkanen-Kaukanen Carina Visiting Scientist, Adjunct Professor
  • organic and functional foods
  • Tuomisto Hanna Senior Researcher
  • sustainable food systems, life cycle assessment, environmental impacts of agriculture and food production, cellular agriculture
  • Törmä Hannu Research Director, Professor
  • economics, quantitative methods, CGE modeling, applied research
  • Wirtanen Gun Senior Researcher, Adjunct Professor
  • food safety, hygienic equipment design, cleanroom technology, biofilms, cleaning and disinfection
    Research and development
    Hakala Outi Research Assistant
  • Hytönen Anne Visiting Researcher (Anne-Maria.Hytonen(at)
  • science communication
  • Jumppanen Aapo Postdoctoral Researcher
  • regional development, regional history
  • Kaipainen Riitta Project Manager
  • development activities, local food, entrepreneurship
  • Keskinarkaus Susanna Doctoral Student (
  • hunting tourism, social sustainability, entrepreneurship
  • Kujala Susanna Project Planner
  • regional economy, quantitative methods, applied research
  • Köppä Tapani Visiting Researcher
    Matilainen Anne Project Manager
  • nature-based entrepreneurship, multiple use of forests, forest ownership, rural entrepreneurship
  • Mikkola Minna Senior Researcher
    Mynttinen Ritva Training Officer
  • organic food and farming, horticulture, health and well-being effects of nature – Green Care
  • Mäkelä Matti Doctoral Student
  • cultural studies, especially Ostrobothnian cultural heritage
  • Mäntylä Jaakko Doctoral Student
  • cultural heritage studies
  • Niska Miira Visiting Researcher
  • entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial agency, qualitative methods
  • Partanen Birgitta Project Manager
  • non-wood forest products sector
  • Pohja-Mykrä Mari Senior Researcher (mari.pohja-mykra(at)
  • conservation conflicts, environmental history,
    large carnivore management
  • Pylkkänen Päivi Project Manager
  • evaluations and evaluation research, leader approach to rural development, Green Care
  • Rajala Jukka Senior Planning Officer
  • organic agriculture
  • Rantanen Manu Project Manager
  • regional development, multiple dwelling, Leader method
  • Rinne-Koski Katja Doctoral Student
  • experiential home research, research of housing and multilocational lifestyles
  • Rutanen Juha Project Manager
  • rural entrepreneurship, nature-based entrepreneurship, non-wood forest products sector, health and well-being effects of nature – Green Care, multiple use of forests
  • Santalahti Saana Research Assistant
  • Siiskonen Pirjo Visiting Researcher
    Suokas Brita Project Planner
  • organic plant production, organic livestock production, organic certification and control system
  • Suutari Timo Project Manager
  • culture and regional development, innovation and knowledge work research
  • Suvanto Hannele Doctoral Student
  • food chains, rural entrepreneurship, management
  • Särkkä-Tirkkonen Marjo
    (On leave)
    Senior Planning Officer
  • food technology, food authenticity and origin,
    organic food processing
  • Uusitalo Eeva
    (On leave)
  • work-based learning, lifelong learning, cultural studies, anthropology
  • Viitaharju Leena Project Manager
  • food businesses' supply chain solutions,
    sustainable food chain, relationship marketing,
    rural entrepreneurship
  • Väisänen Hanna-Maija Project Coordinator
  • food business (SMEs), sustainable tourism, corporate responsibility
  • Zimoch Urszula Doctoral Student (urszula.zimoch(at)
  • international projects, economics, quantitative methods, and applied research
    Hytinkoski Pekka
    E-Learning Coordinator
  • Co-op Network Studies -university network (10 Finnish universities), education, student co-operatives, entrepreneurship education
  • Klén Tytti Training Officer
  • cooperative entrepreneurship, cooperative studies and training
  • Perttu Katja Training Coordinator
  • lifelong learning, academic adult education and training
  • Uusitalo Eeva
    (On leave)
  • work-based learning, lifelong learning, cultural studies, anthropology
    University Services
    Aho Maarit Project Secretary
    +358 50 3179238, maarit.aho(at)
    Björninen Susanna Project Accountant
    +358 50 5762903, susanna.bjorninen(at)
    Huhtala Jaana Graphic Designer
    +358 50 4151171, jaana.huhtala(at)
    Karttunen Hanna-Riitta Service Coordinator, Controller
    +358 50 5762902, hanna-riitta.karttunen(at)
    Piiroinen Päivi Project Accountant
    +358 50 4151145, paivi.piiroinen(at)
    Piskonen Sirpa Secretary
    +358 44 5906856, sirpa.piskonen(at)
    Pukkinen Jaana Project Finance Controller
    +358 50 4151148, jaana.pukkinen(at)
    Rintala Irmeli Secretary
    +358 50 4151147, irmeli.rintala(at)
    Riissanen Miia Project Accountant
    +358 50 5762905, miia.riissanen(at)