Department of Built Environment

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

Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment
Publishing year: 2020 Planning Theory and Practice
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Professorship Saramäki J., Department of Computer Science
Publishing year: 2020
Department of Built Environment, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering
Publishing year: 2019 IEEE Access
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment, Wood Material Technology, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Design
Publishing year: 2019 Energy and Buildings
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment
Publishing year: 2019 TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART D: TRANSPORT AND ENVIRONMENT
Department of Built Environment, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering
Publishing year: 2019
Department of Built Environment, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering
Publishing year: 2019 CHILDRENS GEOGRAPHIES: ADVANCING INTERDISCIPLINARY UNDERSTANDING OF YOUNGER PEOPLES LIVES
Department of Built Environment, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering
Publishing year: 2019
Department of Built Environment, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering
Publishing year: 2019
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment
Publishing year: 2019 JOURNAL OF ADVANCED TRANSPORTATION
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Aija Staffans

Aija Staffans

Department of Architecture
Project Manager
Aino Hirvola

Aino Hirvola

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Shiv Bhatta

Shiv Bhatta

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Pascale-Louise Blyth

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Kamyar Hasanzadeh

Kamyar Hasanzadeh

Department of Built Environment
Postdoctoral Researcher
Hanna Mattila

Hanna Mattila

Department of Built Environment
University Lecturer
Iisakki Kosonen

Iisakki Kosonen

Department of Built Environment
Staff Scientist

Teemu Itkonen

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Jouni Ojala

Jouni Ojala

Department of Built Environment
University Teacher
Vesa Kanninen

Vesa Kanninen

Department of Built Environment
University Lecturer

Katri-Liisa Pulkkinen

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Tiina Laatikainen

Department of Built Environment
Postdoctoral Researcher
Maarit Kahila-Tani

Maarit Kahila-Tani

Department of Built Environment
Project Researcher
Milos Mladenovic

Milos Mladenovic

Department of Built Environment
Assistant Professor
Anna Kyttä-Pirjola

Anna Kyttä-Pirjola

Department of Built Environment
Professor
Otso Helenius

Otso Helenius

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Eva Purkarthofer

Eva Purkarthofer

Department of Built Environment
Postdoctoral Researcher
Raine Mäntysalo

Raine Mäntysalo

Department of Built Environment
Professor

Tuomas Ilmavirta

Department of Built Environment
University Teacher

Tiina Merikoski

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Johan Weckström

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Veera Moll

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Claudio Roncoli

Claudio Roncoli

Department of Built Environment
Assistant Professor
Kaisa Granqvist

Kaisa Granqvist

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Anna Kajosaari

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Tiina Nummi

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Tuomas Toivio

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Oya Duman

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Roozbeh Mohammadi

Roozbeh Mohammadi

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Samira Ramezani

Samira Ramezani

Department of Built Environment
Postdoctoral Researcher

Ze Zhou

Department of Built Environment
Research Assistant

Cafer Avci

Department of Built Environment
Postdoctoral Researcher

Weiming Zhao

Department of Built Environment
Postdoctoral Researcher

Sari Tähtinen

Department of Built Environment
Teaching Assistant

Atiullah Saif

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Francesco Vitale

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Our location

Konetekniikka 1, Otakaari 4

Otakaari 4

Address: Otakaari 4. Mechanical engineering 1, K1. Mon-Fri 8.00–15.30

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