Mari Vaattovaara is a Professor of Urban Geography at the University of Helsinki and Director of the Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies. Her research interests relate to the social and spatial developments in urban areas, segregation, immigration, housing preferences, and housing choice as well as to the housing policy. In addition, she has been working on projects related to accessibility, creative and knowledge industries as well as to the competitiveness of urban regions. In addition to the academic research, Mari Vaattovaara is a requested discussant in the public forums.
Juri Mykkänen acts as a Deputy Director of the Urbaria Institute. Mykkänen works as a senior university lecturer in political science. He has been a member of Urbaria’s steering board since 2018 and deputy director since May 2019. In terms of research foci, he is omnivorous, but specifically, he is interested in political institutions, political communication, social theory, research methods, and cultural analysis of the economy.
Mikko Posti works as a Liaison Manager at the Urbaria Institute. He is in charge of coordinating the research network, Urbaria seminars and events, stakeholder management as well as planning and executing projects in communications and societal impact.
You can contact Mikko on all issues related to urban studies!
Phone: +358 50 471 6334
Jussi Jännes is coordinating a research project on social, ecological, and economical sustainability indicators in Finland that can be implemented and monitored at a neighborhood and city block level. The project will be based on several round table discussions between leading experts. The aim of this project is to guide urban development, development monitoring and future city planning diversely and practically towards a more sustainable direction.
You can contact Jussi in regard to the research project.
Phone: +358 505 994 744
Urbaria Steering board advances urban research and societal interaction in the university of Helsinki and nationally. It supports Urbaria director in steering the institute. The board decides on the activities, finances and staffing of the institute as well as supervises the quality control, reporting, communications and other relevant activities of the institute.
Chair of the Board
Vice Rector Kai Nordlund
Faculty of Science
Dean Sasu Tarkoma (Vice Dean Samuli Siltanen)
Vice Dean Sami Moisio (Professor Tuuli Toivonen)
Faculty of Social Sciences
Vice Dean Timo Kaartinen (Vice Dean Jari Eloranta)
Senior University Lecturer Juri Mykkänen (Assistant Professor Veikko Eranti)
Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Vice Dean Atte Korhola (Professor Sirkku Juhola)
Professor Ian MacGregor Fors (University Lecturer Johan Kotze)
Faculty of Arts
Vice Dean Mirkka Lappalainen (Vice Dean Tiina Airaksinen)
Professor Laura Kolbe (University Lecturer Terhi Ainiala)