Kati Vierikko

Senior research scientist, group manager

Docent (urban ecology)
PhD (environmental sciences)
M.sc. (systematic botany)

Contact information

Email: first name.last name@syke.fi
Mobile: +358 50 476 6293

Finnish Environment Institute (Syke)
Built environment solutions
Urban nature
Address: Latokartanonkaari 11, 00790 Helsinki

@ LinkedInORCID, ResearchGate, Twitter

Research tasks and interests at Syke

I am senior researcher and group manager of urban nature group. I coordinate national and international projects related to urban environment, biodiversity, nature-based solutions and sustainable land use planning. Currently I am project coordinator of Horizon Europe funded project BioAgora. Together with 21 partners we are developing 'Science Service for Biodiveristy' to support biodiversity decision-making in EU. I have studied biocultural diversity and cultural ecosystem services of urban blue-green infrastructure, and how land use planning can support circular economy. I am especially interested in studying human-nature interactions, nature-based solutions and plural values of urban nature and developing methods for supporting biodiversity protection in cities. 


Cultural ecosystem services, biocultural diversity, international cooperation, interdisciplinary research, land use planning, municipal decision-making, nature-based solutions, qualitative research methods, place-based research, research funding, stakeholder involvement, urban nature.

Posts of trust

  • External Expert in SSI/SPI task force of Biodiversa+ BiodivClim Knowledge Hub on “Potential of nature-based solutions for mitigating and adapting to climate change” (2022-2025)
  • External evaluator of FORMAS call (2021)
  • Member of scientific advisory group of Finnish architectural policy program APOLI (2021)
  • External Expert in The European Climate Adaptation Platform Climate-ADAPT (2021)
  • Seed Group Member of the WATER4SDGs Knowledge Hub (2019-2021)
  • Member of Editorial Board, Terra maantieteen aikakauslehti (2019-)


Previous projects

Recent publications

You may find all my publications in ResearchGate and in ORCID.

  1. Korpilo, S., Nyberg, E., Vierikko, K., Nieminen, H., Arciniegas, G. and Raymond, C. 2023: Developing a Multi-sensory Public Participation GIS (MSPPGIS) method for integrating landscape values and soundscapes of urban green infrastructure. Landscape and Urban Planning 230, 104617. DOIs: /10.1016/j.landurbplan.2022.104617
  2. Vierikko, K., Lähde, E., Nyberg, E., Korpilo, S: and Raymond, C. 2022: Shifting concepts of urban landscape in Helsinki: from primary forests to high tech nature-based solutions. In: Rastandeh, A. and Jarchow, M. (Eds.): Creating Resilient Landscapes in an Era of Climate Change: Global Case Studies and Real-World Solutions (1st ed.). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003266440
  3. Hansen, R., Buizer, M., Buijs, A., Pauleit, S., Mattijssen, T., Fors, H., van der Jagt, A., Kabisch, N., Cook, M., Delshammar, T., Randrup, T.B., Erlwein, S., Vierikko, K., Nieminen, H., Langemeyer, J., Texereau, C., Luz, C., Nastran, M., Olafsson, A., Møller, M., Haase, D., Rolf, W., Ambrose-Oji, B., Branquinho, C., Havik, G., Kronenberg, J. and Konijnendijk, C. 2022: Transformative or piecemeal? Changes in green space planning and governance in eleven European cities. European Planning Studies. DOIs: /10.1080/09654313.2022.2139594
  4. Gonçalves, P., Grilo, F., Mendes, R.C., Vierikko, K., Elands, B., Marques, T.A. and Santos-Reis, M. 2021: What’s biodiversity got to do with it? Perceptions of biodiversity and restorativeness in urban parks. Ecology and Society 26(3):25. DOIs: doi.org/10.5751/ES-12598-260325
  5. Gonçalves, P., Vierikko, K., Elands, B., Haase, D., Luz, A.C., and Santos-Reis, M. 2021: Biocultural diversity in an urban context: An indicator-based decision support tool to guide the planning and management of green infrastructure. Environmental and Sustainability Indicators 11, 100131. DOIs: /10.1016/j.indic.2021.100131.
  6. Kiryluk, H., Glińska, E., Ryciuk, U., Vierikko, K. and Rollnik-Sadowska, E. 2021: Stakeholders engagement for solving mobility problems in touristic remote areas from the Baltic Sea Region. PLoS ONE 16(6): e0253166. DOIs: 10.1371/journal.pone.0253166
  7. McPhearson, T., M. Raymond, C., Gulsrud, N., Albert, C., Coles, N., Fagerholm, N., Nagatsu, M., Olafsson Stahl, A., Soininen, N. and Vierikko, K. 2021: Radical changes are needed for transformations to a good Anthropocene. npj Urban Sustainability 1, 5. https://doi.org/10.1038/s42949-021-00017-x
  8. Vierikko, K., Nieminen, H., Salomaa, V., Häkkinen, J., Salminen, J. ja Sorvari, J. 2020: Kiertotalous maankäytön suunnittelussa - Kaavoitus kestävän ja luonnonvaroja säästävän kaupunkiympäristön edistäjänä. Suomen ympäristökeskuksen raportteja 45/2020. http://hdl.handle.net/10138/322882
  9. Vierikko, K. & Jaatsi, M. 2020: Designed and engaged urban nature - Biocultural values in Helsinki, Finland. In: Cocks, M. & Shackleton, C. (Eds.): Urban Nature - Enriching Belonging, Wellbeing and Bioculture.
  10. Jalkanen, J., Fabritius, H., Vierikko, K., Moilanen, A: & Toivonen, T. 2020: Analyzing fair access to urban green areas using multimodal accessibility measures and spatial prioritization. Applied Geography 124, 102320 (open access). DOIs: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2020.102320
Published 2019-10-29 at 19:04, updated 2023-01-19 at 14:37

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