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

Using community surveys with participatory mapping to monitor comprehensive plan implementation

Greg Brown, Marketta Kyttä, Pat Reed 2022 LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING

Important places in landscape – investigating the determinants of perceived landscape value in the suburban area of Wrocław, Poland

Iga Solecka, Tiina Rinne, Rodrigo Caracciolo Martins, Marketta Kytta, Christian Albert 2022 LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING

Challenges in land use and transport planning integration in Helsinki metropolitan region—a historical-institutional perspective

Oya Duman, Raine Mäntysalo, Kaisa Granqvist, Emily Johnson, Niko Matti Ronikonmäki 2022 Sustainability (Switzerland)

Delineating the geographic context of physical activities : A systematic search and scoping review of the methodological approaches used in social ecological research over two decades

Tiina Rinne, Anna Kajosaari, Maria Söderholm, Päivi Berg, Arto J. Pesola, Melody Smith, Marketta Kyttä 2022 HEALTH AND PLACE

Transport poverty in Chinese cities : A systematic literature review

Weichang Kong, Dorina Pojani, Neil Sipe, Dominic Stead 2021 Sustainability (Switzerland)

Developing mobility as a service – user, operator and governance perspectives

Heikki Liimatainen, Miloš Mladenović 2021 EUROPEAN TRANSPORT RESEARCH REVIEW

Ethnographic Knowledge in Urban Planning–Bridging the Gap between the Theories of Knowledge-Based and Communicative Planning

Hanna Mattila, Pia Olsson, Tiina Riitta Lappi, Karoliina Ojanen 2021 Planning Theory and Practice
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Hanna Mattila

Hanna Mattila

Visiting Professor
T213 Built Environment
Milos Mladenovic

Milos Mladenovic

Assistant Professor
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering
Marketta Kyttä

Marketta Kyttä

Professori
T213 Built Environment
Eva Purkarthofer

Eva Purkarthofer

Postdoctoral Researcher
T213 Built Environment

Veera Moll

Doctoral Candidate

Neha Sayed

Hourly paid Teacher
Anna Kajosaari

Anna Kajosaari

Postdoctoral Researcher

Pilvi Nummi

Postdoctoral Researcher

Oya Duman

Doctoral Candidate
Roozbeh Mohammadi

Roozbeh Mohammadi

Doctoral Candidate
T213 Built Environment

Ze Zhou

Doctoral Candidate
Cafer Avci

Cafer Avci

Postdoctoral Researcher

Weiming Zhao

Postdoctoral Researcher
Atiullah Muhammad Saif

Atiullah Muhammad Saif

Doctoral Candidate
T213 Built Environment

Samira Dibaj

Doctoral Candidate

Alonso Espinosa

Postdoctoral Researcher

Murat Bayrak

Postdoctoral Researcher

Our location

Konetekniikka 1, Otakaari 4

Otakaari 4

Mechanical engineering 1, K1

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