Ihmismaantiede, suunnittelu ja ympäristö

The Digital Geography Lab explores the use of novel big (and open) data sources and cutting-edge methods in supporting sustainable spatial planning and decision-making. Our main focus is on two intertwined areas of research: human mobility/accessibility and biodiversity conservation. We take advantage of new data sources, such as social media content, mobile phone call detail records, and public transport timetables, combined with remotely-sensed and register data, which we use for carrying out advanced spatial analyses of accessibility and mobility patterns, conservation opportunities and threats, and tracking illegal wildlife trade trafficking. Our research is conducted at various spatial scales in Finland, Estonia, South Africa and Uruguay, extending across continental and global scales. The Digital Geography Lab is also a forerunner in open science and actively shares its research tools and data with different stakeholders both within and outside academia.

Leader: Tuuli Toivonen, Tenure Track Professor

We are interested in the political and governmental practices of producing, maintaining and transforming geographical space. Rather than perceiving space as a passive backdrop of society we highlight the ways in which space is constituted and produced alongside economic and political activities and, therefore, in social practices. In the spirit of socio-spatial dialectics, we also scrutinize the myriad ways in which these produced spatial formations (administrative and other territories, city spaces, special economic zones etc.) and on-going political, economic and governmental actions inescapably shape one another.

Leader: Sami Moisio, Professor


What is happening in our cities today – and tomorrow? Are urban inequalities growing? What makes cities successful? The research group for the dynamics of urban change and segregation focuses on these issues from geographical and multidisciplinary perspectives. Our main projects include research on urban segregation, housing, education and transnational migration in collaboration with European and Finnish researcher network. 

More information from Venla Bernelius, Assistant Professor