Ruralia Institute
The Ruralia Institute examines sustainable development and the changing relationship between global and local issues from the perspective of rural areas.

The Ruralia institute serves as an expert partner and utilises the competence of the entire University of Helsinki in applying research information. Our 50 or so experts engage in wide-ranging international, national and regional cooperation in the university consortiums of Mikkeli and Seinäjoki.

The Ruralia Institute operates under the auspices of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry of the University of Helsinki, and has units in Mikkeli and Seinäjoki.

The institute carries out its duties by

  • Conducting multidisciplinary research and providing instruction
  • Developing solutions that promote entrepreneurship and wellbeing
  • Networking and constructing open learning environments
  • Promoting research and teaching in the co-operative sector

The institute’s focus areas are local development, sustainable food chains and new bioeconomy.