Hanna Mattila

Hanna Mattila

Vanhempi yliopistonlehtori
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About me

I work as a senior university lecturer at the Department of Built Environment, Aalto University School of Engineering. My research interests include planning theory, social & political theory, design theory, planning law, and comparative planning studies. I currently lead the Academy of Finland funded research consortium (Aalto University, Dept. of Built Environment & University of Eastern Finland Law School) “Transforming Anatomies of Democratic Planning: Combining Planning-Theoretical and Legal Perspectives on Flexible Regulation in Finnish Land-Use Law” (TRANAPLAN).

I am currently the director of the Master's Programme "Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering". I instruct graduate courses on planning theory and planning systems, and undergraduate courses such as the Basics of Land-use Planning.

I have previously worked as a visiting professor (associate professor) at the University of Minnesota (2018–2020), and I have been a visiting scholar at the University of Sheffield (2013), and at San Diego State University (2014). I have also practical experience of planning & regional development. I have worked, for instance, as the Head of Education (continuous professional development programmes etc.) at the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, Helsinki University of Technology, and as a regional planning & regional development officer at the Helsinki-Uusimaa regional council.

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Planning theory, Urban planning, Land use, Planning systems, Urban design, Urban and regional studies, Regional development, Regional planning, Urban history


Multiple Dimensions of Strategic Spatial Planning : Local Authorities Navigating between Rationalities in Competitive and Collaborative Settings

K. Granqvist, H. Mattila, R. Mäntysalo, A. Hirvensalo, S. Teerikangas, H. Kalliomäki 2021 Planning Theory and Practice

Agency in circular city ecosystems—A rationalities perspective

Antero Hirvensalo, Satu Teerikangas, Noelia Sarah Reynolds, Helka Kalliomäki, Raine Mäntysalo, Hanna Mattila, Kaisa Granqvist 2021 Sustainability (Switzerland)

Työelämätaidot korkeakouluopetuksessa

Terhi Ainiala, Pia Olsson, Hanna Mattila, Marjo Vesalainen 2020 Aikuiskasvatus

Governing ‘places that don’t matter’ : agonistic spatial planning practices in Finnish peripheral regions

Hanna Mattila, Eva Purkarthofer, Alois Humer 2020 TERRITORY, POLITICS, GOVERNANCE

Kaupungin strateginen spatiaalinen suunnittelu

Kaisa Granqvist, Raine Mäntysalo, Hanna Mattila, Antero Hirvensalo, Satu Teerikangas, Helka Kalliomäki 2019 Yhdyskuntasuunnittelu - Finnish Journal of Urban Studies