The InterTran Research Group is an interdisciplinary research group for sustainable law and business. The group’s central idea is to contribute to sustainable development while maintaining a strong focus on a sustainable circular economy. Particular attention is paid to the role of transport in sustainable development, but also other aspects of sustainable business are of interest. All research aims to take an interdisciplinary approach; we believe that law needs to be designed in interaction with the market players which again is dependent on the legal preconditions for their activities.

Currently the research group is working on Integration of Transport in the Green Circular Economy.

The InterTran Research Group is a collaboration between the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki and Aalto University School of Business, Department of Information and Service Economy. Both the Law Faculty of the University of Helsinki as well as the Aalto University School of Business are located in Central Helsinki, within walking distance from each other. Helsinki is the 3rd most liveable city in the world according to a 2013 report by Monocle Magazine and the 8th in the Economist Intelligence Unit liveability ranking 2012. As for Finland, the country is consistently ranked highly in quality-of-life studies. It was the best country in the world according to a Newsweek 2010 study.

Our research network consists of a number of international collaborators. We invite all interested in our research theme to join the network.

Please contact:


Ellen Eftestøl-Wilhelmsson, Law
Email: ellen.eftestol-wilhelmsson(at)helsinki.fi

Anu Bask, Business
Email: anu.bask(at)aalto.fi

Organising institutes

Description of University of Helsinki and the law faculty

The University of Helsinki was founded in 1640 and currently operates on four campuses in Helsinki. It has 4,500 researchers and teachers (with a total staff of 8,000) and 36,000 graduate students with a further 30,000 students participating in adult education. The University's values are critical thinking, creativity and a quest for knowledge and truth. The University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. Its present position on the Shanghai Jiao Tong ranking is 67. It is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) which is a consortium of the most renowned research universities in Europe. In Finland, more than half of the centers of excellence in the country are located in the University of Helsinki and the University is also the leading recipient of ERC grants in the country.

The University of Helsinki has four doctoral schools, which offer a total of 32 doctoral programmes. The responsible faculty of the Doctoral Programme in Law is the Faculty of Law, which is also its home unit. In this context, the programme offers a high-quality training program and an outstanding environment for research in legal science and studies of law and justice. The Doctoral Programme in Law encompasses all the disciplines of the Faculty of Law with a wide-ranging approach encouraging multidisciplinary research and interdisciplinary studies.

Description of Aalto University School of Business

Aalto University (Aalto University Foundation, AALTO) is a 2010 merger of three universities combining research in business, art and science & technology. The three universities have a long and successful history and they are international and leading actors in their respective fields in Finland. AALTO has 19,700 undergraduate and postgraduate students, a staff of 5,000 people and 382 professors. Aalto University School of Business is the largest and leading business school in Finland, with 73 professors at six departments and some 3800 undergraduate and doctoral students. It provides a diverse environment for world-class study and research in business subjects. It is accredited by all three international organizations that certify business schools i.e. AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.

The Doctoral Program at Aalto University School of Business is intended for candidates of excellent academic calibre motivated in pursuing a full-time doctoral program and in producing research of the highest international level. The School of Business offers a four-year English-language doctoral programme in Business, Economics, and Finance for those seeking academic careers or high-level positions in business. Aalto University School of Business is a member of the KATAJA (The Finnish doctoral program in business studies) network The central function of KATAJA is to support doctoral students in their efforts to attain a doctoral degree.