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 11 European cities. Her Master's Thesis studied the role of Helsinki's urban parks as social public space. Puttonen's research interest lies in examining the different aspects of the lively city and the human perspective of 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 and social being.
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 and marketing as well as coordinating teaching and activities of Urban Academy. She has also worked as a tutor in the Urban Challenge Studio II.