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

Integrated corridor management by cooperative traffic signal and ramp metering control

Abdullah Al Farabi, Rasool Mohebifard, R Niroumand, A Hajbabaie, M Hadi, Lily Elefteriadou 2024 Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering

Spatial Planning in Ukraine: 2023 Country Profile

Oleksandr Anisimov, Ievgeniia Dulko, Maria Smirnova 2024

Social network analysis of EU flood risk management plans : Case Finland

Thomas Banafa, Susa Eräranta, Lasse Peltonen, Marko Keskinen 2024 JOURNAL OF FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT

E-scooter multi-riding: analyzing riding practices in Helsinki, Finland

Samira Dibaj, Daniel Lopatnikov, Miloš Mladenović 2024

Investigating e-scooter injury and severity before and after the restriction policies in Helsinki, Finland

Samira Dibaj, Shaghayegh Vosough, Khashayar Kazemzadeh, Steve O'hern, Miloš Mladenović 2024

Network traffic management via exclusive roads for altruistic vehicles under mixed traffic equilibrium

Alonso Espinosa Mireles de Villafranca, Claudio Roncoli 2024 Transportation research interdisciplinary perspectives

Engaging the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 in strategic governance of “Europe’s most sustainable city”

Anni Halko, Raine Mäntysalo, Eva Purkarthofer 2024 International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development

Predicting context-sensitive urban green space quality to support urban green infrastructure planning

A Kajosaari, K Hasanzadeh, N Fagerholm, P Nummi, P Kuusisto-Hjort, M Kyttä 2024 LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING
More information on our research in the Aalto research portal.
Research portal

Research group members

Marketta Kyttä

Marketta Kyttä

T213 Built Environment
Eva Purkarthofer

Eva Purkarthofer

Academy Postdoctoral Researcher
T213 Built Environment

Veera Moll

Pilvi Nummi

Pilvi Nummi

Postdoctoral Researcher

Susa Eräranta

Professor of Practice

Ze Zhou

Doctoral Researcher
Atiullah Muhammad Saif

Atiullah Muhammad Saif

Doctoral Researcher
T213 Built Environment

Thu Pham

Doctoral Researcher

Heqi Wang

Doctoral Researcher

Jenni Kuoppa

Postdoctoral Researcher

Elina Hasanen

Postdoctoral Researcher

Our location

Konetekniikka 1, Otakaari 4

Otakaari 4

Mechanical engineering 1, K1

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