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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

Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment, Wood Material Technology, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Design

Quantifying the sensation of temperature : A new method for evaluating the thermal behaviour of building materials

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

Professional lobbying in urban planning

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

Does mapping improve public participation? Exploring the pros and cons of using public participation GIS in urban planning practices

Publishing year: 2019 LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING
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
Professorship Nieminen M., Department of Computer Science, Department of Built Environment, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

Policy lessons from the flexible transport service pilot Kutsuplus in the Helsinki Capital Region

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

Habermas revisited : Resurrecting the contested roots of communicative planning theory

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

When does population growth pay off? A case study of suburban land consumption to assess the Lower Austrian infrastructural cost calculator

Publishing year: 2019 JOURNAL OF HOUSING AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Department of Built Environment, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

Distributed Product Flow Control in a Network of Inventories with Stochastic Production and Demand

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

Round Table on Low Carbon Infrastructure, AESOP Congress, 10-14 July 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden

Publishing year: 2019 Town Planning Review
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
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Aija Staffans

Aija Staffans

Department of Built Environment
Senior Research Fellow

Aino Hirvola

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Pascale Blyth

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Kamyar Hasanzadeh

Kamyar Hasanzadeh

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
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
Project Researcher

Katri-Liisa Pulkkinen

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Tiina Laatikainen

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Maarit Kahila-Tani

Maarit Kahila-Tani

Department of Built Environment
Project Researcher
Milos Mladenovic

Milos Mladenovic

Department of Built Environment
Assistant Professor
Marketta Kyttä-Pirjola

Marketta 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
Doctoral Candidate
Raine Mäntysalo

Raine Mäntysalo

Department of Built Environment
Professor

Simo Syrman

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Tuomas Ilmavirta

Department of Built Environment
University Teacher
Tapio  Luttinen

Tapio Luttinen

Department of Built Environment
Professor

Tiina Merikoski

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Christoffer Weckström

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Antti Kauppi

Department of Built Environment
Project Employee

Veera Moll

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate
Claudio Roncoli

Claudio Roncoli

Department of Built Environment
Assistant Professor

Kaisa Granqvist

Department of Built Environment
Doctoral Candidate

Anna Kajosaari

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

Department of Built Environment
Postdoctoral Researcher

Ze Zhou

Department of Built Environment
Research Assistant

Our location

Konetekniikka 1, Otakaari 4

Otakaari 4

Address: Otakaari 4. Mechanical engineering 1, K1. Mon-Thu 7.45–20.00, Fri 7.45–20.00

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