Mia Puttonen is a PhD Student in Urban Geography at the University of Helsinki. Puttonen has been part of an EU funded research project GREEN SURGE (2013-2017) to study the green infrastructure and biocultural diversity of cities in 11 European countries. Her Master's Thesis studied the role of Helsinki's urban parks as social public space for city dwellers. Puttonen's research interest lies in examining the different aspects of the lively city and the possibilities of both culturally and ecologically diverse urban spaces. Currently Puttonen is involved in an EIT Climate KIC funded project that examines the reuse of indoor spaces for communal urban farming.
Besides Puttonen's research interest, she works as a coordinator in the Master’s Programme of Urban Studies and Planning (USP). She is responsible for the communnications, marketing and event coordination within the programme. She also worked as a tutor in the Urban Challenge Studio II.