Kaisa Schmidt-Thomé, Senior Researcher

Kaisa Schmidt-Thomé is a researcher in Urban Studies. She works with the questions of resource smart economy and urban futures.

Kaisa’s core competences include:
- interdisciplinary urban studies
- societal interaction of research
- international cooperation in urban and regional development

The current emphasis in Kaisa’s work is on the URMI and BEMINE projects funded by the Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland. In the URMI project (coordinated by the University of Turku), she studies urbanisation drivers and trends and anticipates the future paths of Finnish urbanisation with the stakeholder groups.

“Studying urbanisation dynamics is super interesting, especially when it is done with interactive methods. What we aim at is that the mutual sparring of the researchers and stakeholders functions well. The better you know the stakeholders’ practices and the research of the concerned discipline, the easier it is to operate in this interface.”

Kaisa graduated from Planning Geography at the University of Helsinki. She worked for long as a researcher at the Aalto University. She has also taught at the University of Helsinki, the Open University and Helsinki Summer School. She has been a visiting scholar at the Humboldt University in Berlin (2011) and at the San Diego State University (2013). In her dissertation (2015) she studied the tension between urban development megaprojects and place-based regeneration. Her free time is well spent with her family but she has also been actively contributing to the activities of the Home Accommodation Network Refugees Welcome Finland.