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Theme: Built environment

SYKE’s theme Built environment examines the spatial structure and dynamics of communities, as well as their relation to the surrounding nature. We want to contribute to the management and sustainability of spatial change. We produce topical information and evaluate the efficiency of policy instruments. We develop new tools to analyse the built environment and make predictions on its future transformations.

We research and monitor the following topics:

  • changes in urban form and rural areas
  • the location and interaction of land use, housing, traffic, services and industries
  • buildings and infrastructure
  • green infrastructure and ecosystem services in urban areas
  • planning and guidance of land use and building
  • energy consumption and the use of natural resources in the built environment
  • adaptation of communities to climate change
  • the quality and social sustainability of the living environment
We influence the decision making of the public sector and companies, and that way also the everyday life of citizens. Our efforts serve design engineers, planners, consultants, researchers, legislative drafters and political decision makers.

We carry out national and international research and development projects, case studies and comparative analyses. We have strong methodological expertise. Our strengths are extensive geographic information resources and services which we use and develop constantly.

The theme of built environment employs about 50 researchers and experts in SYKE. We operate in several international projects and networks. Many municipalities have chosen us to support their urban planning.

Eeva Furman

 

Professor Eeva Furman
Director of SYKE's Environmental Policy Centre
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Jyri Seppälä

  Professor Jyri Seppälä
Director of SYKE's Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production
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Staff: Environmental Policy Centre, Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production, Freshwater Centre, Marine Research Centre, Natural Environment Centre

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  • Article by SYKE researchers selected Highly Commended Paper by network awards for excellence 2016-04-29
    The scientific article by Kirsi Mäkinen, Paula Kivimaa and Ville Helminen, “Path creation for urban mobility transitions - linking aspects of urban form to transport policy analysis” was published in an international journal Management of Environmental Quality (2015 Vol 26 4 E) and has been selected by the journal’s editorial team as a Highly Commended Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.
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  • Efficient nutrient recycling calls for a policy reform 2017-10-20
    According to a recent Finnish study, efficient utilisation of nutrients requires a policy reform. Normative guidance should better support the processing of organic side streams, such as manure, into recycled fertiliser products. Nutrient recycling is part of the EU’s circular economy goals.
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Published 2013-04-29 at 8:09, updated 2017-05-22 at 10:12