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

Assignment of a Synthetic Population for Activity-Based Modeling Employing Publicly Available Data

Serio Agriesti, Claudio Roncoli, Bat Hen Nahmias-Biran 2022 ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

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

Similar spaces, different usage : A comparative study on how residents in the capitals of Finland and Denmark use cemeteries as recreational landscapes

Helena Nordh, Anton Stahl Olafsson, Anna Kajosaari, Søren Præstholm, Yu Liu, Saana Rossi, Sandra Gentin 2022 Urban Forestry and Urban Greening

Enhancing E-Participation in Urban Planning Competitions

Pilvi Nummi, Susa Eräranta, Maarit Kahila-Tani 2022 Research Anthology on Citizen Engagement and Activism for Social Change

Special issue on big data in transportation

Baloka Belezamo, Süleyman Eken, Cafer Avcı 2022 EXPERT SYSTEMS

Smart City Planning Hub (the Hub) as a Place for Digitally Aided Participation and Collaboration

Viktorija Prilenska, Pilvi Nummi, Kristi Grisakov, Aija Staffans 2022

Soft planning in macro-regions and megaregions : creating toothless spatial imaginaries or new forces for change?

Eva Purkarthofer, Franziska Sielker, Dominic Stead 2022 INTERNATIONAL PLANNING STUDIES

Associations between Children’s Physical Activity and Neighborhood Environments Using GIS : A Secondary Analysis from a Systematic Scoping Review

Melody Smith, Suzanne Mavoa, Erika Ikeda, Kamyar Hasanzadeh, Jinfeng Zhao, Tiina E. Rinne, Niamh Donnellan, Marketta Kyttä, Jianqiang Cui 2022 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Aija Staffans

Aija Staffans

Johtava tutkija

Kamyar Hasanzadeh

Postdoctoral Researcher
Hanna Mattila

Hanna Mattila

Visiting Professor
T213 Built Environment
Iisakki Kosonen

Iisakki Kosonen

Staff Scientist

Jouni Ojala

Yliopisto-opettaja

Eveliina Harsia

Doctoral Candidate

Tiina Emilia Rinne

Tutkijatohtori

Maria Fanni Seija Käpyvaara

Tohtorikoulutettava
Milos Mladenovic

Milos Mladenovic

Assistant Professor
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering
Marketta Kyttä

Marketta Kyttä

Professori
T213 Built Environment
Eva Purkarthofer

Eva Purkarthofer

Academy Postdoctoral Researcher
T213 Built Environment

Tuomas Ilmavirta

University Teacher

Tiina Merikoski

Postdoctoral Researcher

Antti Kauppi

Project Employee

Veera Moll

Tohtorikoulutettava
Claudio Roncoli

Claudio Roncoli

Assistant Professor
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering
Anna Kajosaari

Anna Kajosaari

Postdoctoral Researcher

Pilvi Nummi

Postdoctoral Researcher

Susa Eräranta

Hourly paid Teacher

Oya Duman

Doctoral Candidate
Roozbeh Mohammadi

Roozbeh Mohammadi

Doctoral Candidate
T213 Built Environment

Ze Zhou

Doctoral Candidate

Xunran Tan

Doctoral Candidate
Cafer Avci

Cafer Avci

Postdoctoral Researcher

Weiming Zhao

Postdoctoral Researcher

Nikolay Bobrov

Research Assistant
Atiullah Muhammad Saif

Atiullah Muhammad Saif

Doctoral Candidate
T213 Built Environment

Francesco Vitale

Doctoral Candidate

Petri Kangassalo

Doctoral Candidate

Saana Fanni Sofia Rossi

Doctoral Candidate
Samira Dibaj

Samira Dibaj

Doctoral Candidate

Janne Juhani Olin

Doctoral Candidate

Alonso Espinosa

Postdoctoral Researcher
Mikko Airikkala

Mikko Airikkala

Doctoral Candidate
Dominic Stead

Dominic Stead

Professor

Murat Bayrak

Postdoctoral Researcher

Charalampos Sipetas

Postdoctoral Researcher

Shaya Vosough

Postdoctoral Researcher

Thu Pham

Doctoral Candidate

Our location

Konetekniikka 1, Otakaari 4

Otakaari 4

Mechanical engineering 1, K1

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