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

Shopping trip mode choice of older adults: an application of activity space and hybrid choice models in understanding the effects of built environment and personal goals

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

An Extended Linear Quadratic Model Predictive Control Approach for Multi-Destination Urban Traffic Networks

Publishing year: 2019 IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems
Department of Built Environment, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

From city streets to suburban woodlands : The urban planning debate on children's needs, and childhood reminiscences, of 1940s-1970s Helsinki

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

Evaluation of public transport policy formulation and implementation: Case study of 24 mid-sized Nordic cities

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

Mobility justice: the politics of movement in an age of extremes

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

Understanding children's neighbourhood destinations : presenting the Kids-PoND framework

Publishing year: 2019 CHILDRENS GEOGRAPHIES: ADVANCING INTERDISCIPLINARY UNDERSTANDING OF YOUNGER PEOPLES LIVES
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

"Ei kaupunkisuunnittelu ole mikään tykkäämisjuttu" – Sosiaalisen median mahdollisuudet ja esteet kaupunkisuunnittelussa

Publishing year: 2019 Yhdyskuntasuunnittelu
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment, Professorship Saramäki J., Department of Computer Science, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT

Assessment of large-scale transitions in public transport networks using open timetable data: case of Helsinki metro extension

Publishing year: 2019 Journal of Transport Geography
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Department of Built Environment, Department of Architecture

Kaupunkiseudut: Ristiinvalotuksia ja rajanylityksiä

Publishing year: 2019
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

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
University Lecturer

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
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

Christoffer 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

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

Cafer Avci

Department of Built Environment
Postdoctoral Researcher

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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