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Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

Urban realities are becoming increasingly dynamic, complex and fragmented while demands for their livability, sustainability, competitiveness, and attractiveness increase. Our research connects spatial planning and transportation engineering for developing new scientific knowledge needed in systemic understanding, problem-solving, and integrative planning and policy-making beyond sectoral boundaries, aimed at achieving human-centered living environments.
Traffic in Mannerheimintie, photo Aalto University/Annamari Tolonen

The sustainability of our modern living environments is being challenged by rapid processes of urbanisation and climate change. In addition to contributing to the advances in digitalisation and automation through various smart city initiatives, shaping our futures requires deeper understanding of human behavior and values, urban systems dynamics, citizen participation practices, and inter-sectoral institutional collaboration.

Research overview

Deeply rooted in understanding the complexities of important societal challenges reflected in our everyday environments, this research group has both practice- and science-based approach to engineering as collaborative development. To account for a wicked challenges of our futures, this group has developed a wide spectrum of critical research topics in the area of sustainable built environment and systems design.

Our research themes

Latest publications

Department of Built Environment, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

Professional lobbying in urban planning

Publishing year: 2019
Department of Built Environment, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

Polycentricity as spatial imaginary : the case of Helsinki City Plan

Publishing year: 2019 European Planning Studies
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment

Of cyberliberation and forbidden fornication - hidden transcripts of autonomous mobility in Finland

Publishing year: 2019 TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART D: TRANSPORT AND ENVIRONMENT
Department of Built Environment, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

Investigating the partnership approach in the EU Urban Agenda from the perspective of soft planning

Publishing year: 2019 European Planning Studies
Department of Built Environment, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

Exploring centricity of activity spaces : From measurement to the identification of personal and environmental factors

Publishing year: 2019 Travel Behaviour and Society
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment

Residential dissonance and walking for transport

Publishing year: 2019 Journal of Transport Geography
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment

How Should We Drive Self-driving Vehicles? Anticipation and Collective Imagination in Planning Mobility Futures

Publishing year: 2019
Department of Built Environment, Water and Environmental Engineering, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

Nordic City Challenge – Kohti kestävää kaupunkikehitystä ongelmalähtöisen oppimisen keinoin

Publishing year: 2018 Terra: Maantieteellinen aikakauskirja
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment

Understanding the complexity of mobility as a service

Publishing year: 2018 Research in Transportation Business and Management
Department of Built Environment, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

Environmental, individual and personal goal influences on older adults’ walking in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area

Publishing year: 2018 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Mehrdad Bagheri Majdabadi

Mehrdad Bagheri Majdabadi

Department of Computer Science
Doctoral Candidate

Pascale Blyth

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Oya Duman

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Kaisa Granqvist

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Kamyar Hasanzadeh

Kamyar Hasanzadeh

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Aino Hirvola

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Tuomas Ilmavirta

Department of Built Environment
University Teacher

Teemu Itkonen

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Maarit Kahila-Tani

Maarit Kahila-Tani

Department of Built Environment
Project Researcher

Anna Kajosaari

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Vesa Kanninen

Vesa Kanninen

Department of Built Environment
Project Researcher

Antti Kauppi

Department of Built Environment
Project Employee
Iisakki Kosonen

Iisakki Kosonen

Department of Built Environment
Staff Scientist
Marketta Kyttä-Pirjola

Marketta Kyttä-Pirjola

Department of Built Environment
Professor

Tiina Laatikainen

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Tapio  Luttinen

Tapio Luttinen

Department of Built Environment
Professor
Hanna Mattila

Hanna Mattila

Department of Built Environment
University Lecturer
Milos Mladenovic

Milos Mladenovic

Department of Built Environment
Assistant Professor
Roozbeh Mohammadi

Roozbeh Mohammadi

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Veera Moll

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Raine Mäntysalo

Raine Mäntysalo

Department of Built Environment
Professor
Jouni Ojala

Jouni Ojala

Department of Built Environment
University Teacher

Olli Poutanen

Department of Built Environment
Project Employee

Katri-Liisa Pulkkinen

Department of Built Environment
Project Employee
Eva Purkarthofer

Eva Purkarthofer

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Samira Ramezani

Department of Built Environment
Postdoctoral Researcher
Claudio Roncoli

Claudio Roncoli

Department of Built Environment
Assistant Professor
Aija Staffans

Aija Staffans

Department of Built Environment
Senior Research Fellow

Simo Syrman

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Tuomas Toivio

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Christoffer Weckström

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate