BEMINE – Towards better city regions

Current urban planning in Finland has several problems that hinder it from steering Finnish city-regional development towards a more sustainable future. The strategic research project BEMINE (Beyond MALPE-coordination: Integrative Envisioning) aims to enhance the integrative capacities for urban planning in order to develop not only new tools and better evidence bases, but also more usable, democratic, and effective concepts and practices.

In close collaboration with stakeholders and local actors, BEMINE aims to provide a deeper understanding of the ambiguities and dynamics of Finnish urbanization, as well as visionary and anticipatory strategic planning.

The project is funded by the Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland. The multi-disclipinary consortium is led by professor Raine Mäntysalo from Aalto University, Department of Surveying and Planning. Demos Helsinki is in responsible of interaction between researchers and stakeholders and supports researchers to achieve societal impact.

Subprojects are led by

Simin Davoudi, Newcastle University

Juha Honkatukia, VTT Oy

Jouni Häkli, University of Tampere

Kati‐Jasmin Kosonen, Tampere City Region

Kimmo Lapintie, Aalto University

Ari Nissinen, Finnish Environment Institution

Petter Næs, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Joseph Ravetz, University of Manchester

Satu Lähteenoja, Demos Helsinki

Hannu Tervo, University of Jyväskylä

Jarmo Vakkuri, University of Tampere

The project started in summer 2016 and ends in early 2019.

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Contact us:

Vesa Kanninen, project coordinator

Aalto University


050 5124 632

Johannes Mikkonen, interaction coordinator                          

Demos Helsinki


040 569 49 48