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Kati Vierikko

Head of Land Use Management Unit
PhD (environmental sciences),
M.sc. (systematic botany)

Environmental Policy Centre, Land Use Management team
Email: etunimi.sukunimi@ymparisto.fi
Moblie: +358 50 476 6293
Address: Latokartanonkaari 11, 00790 Helsinki

@ LinkedInORCID, ResearchGate, Twitter


I currently work as a head of Land Use Management Unit (2/2020-12/2020). I also coordinate and work as a senior researcher in several projects (see below). Before current position I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Helsinki in two EU FP7 projects (GREEN SURGE, OpenNESS) and ENJUSTESS project funded by the Academy of Finland. I studied cultural ecosystem services and biocultural diversity of urban green areas and small-water bodies. In 2017-2019 I worked as an EIT Food expert at the University of Helsinki. In my doctoral thesis I studied the sustainability of Finnish forestry. I analyzed trade-offs between regional ecological, social and economic sustainability components.

Current duties and research interests

Prepare, coordinate and lead national and international projects related to living environment, circular economy and land use planning, and explore and develop new approaches and sustainable solutions. In addition, I am interested to develop methods and tools to to combine actions for circular economy and biodiversity conservation, and analyze potential trade-offs between them. My special interests are also ecological and social impacts of sustainability transformation.


Biodiversity, ecosystem services, etnographic research methods, biocultural diversity, international cooperation, urban nature, municipal decision-making, municipal positions of trust, qualitative research methods, nature conservation, land use planning, place-based research, stakeholder involvement, interdisciplinary research, research funding.

Post of trust

  • Member of Editorial Board, Terra maantieteen aikakauslehti (2019-)
  • Seed Group Member of the WATER4SDGs Knowledge Hub (2019-2021)


Recent publications

You may find all my publications in ResearchGate - and ORCID  or in my publication list (pdf).

  1. Vierikko, K. 2020: Biokulttuurinen monimuotoisuus yhdistää kulttuurin ja luonnon. Viherympäristö 3/2020. s. 54-55. http://epaper.fi/read/5741/aZawOTkY
  2. Jalkanen, J., Vierikko, K. and Moilanen, A. 2020: Spatial prioritization for urban Biodiversity Quality using biotope maps and expert opinion. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 49, 126586 (open access). DOIs: 10.1016/j.ufug.2020.126586
  3. Vierikko, K. & Oinonen, K. 2020: Kiertotalouden kehittämisen kannalta keskeiset teemat : Alueidenkäyttö. Julk.: Berg., A., Räisänen, M., & Salo., H. (toim.) Kiertotalouden tieto käyttöön. Helsinki, Suomen ympäristökeskus. ss. 38-43. Suomen ympäristökeskuksen raportteja; 2020, 6. ISBN 978-952-11-5131-6 (nid.), 978-952-11-5132-3 (PDF), ISSN 1796-1718 (pain.),  1796-1726
    Linkki: https://helda.helsinki.fi/handle/10138/310568
  4. Vierikko, K: Kohti ekologisesti ja sosiaalisesti kestävää alueidenkäytön suunnittelua. Terra Maantieteellinen aikakauslehti 131/3: 135-136.
  5. Vierikko, K., Gonçalves, P., Haase, D., Elands, B., Ioja, C., Jaatsi, M., Pieniniemi, M., Lindgren, J., Grilo, F., Santos, M., Niemelä, J. and Yli-Pelkonen, V. 2019: Biocultural diversity (BCD) in European cities – interactions between motivations, experiences and environment in public parks. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening (accepted 23.10.2019).
  6. Elands, B., Vierikko, K., Andersson, E., Fischer, L., Goncalves, P., Haase, D., Kowarik, I., Luz, A., Niemelä, J., Santos-Reis, M. and Wiersum, K. 2019: Biocultural diversity: A novel concept to assess human-nature interrelations, nature conservation and stewardship in cities. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 40, 29-34. doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2018.04.006
  7. Wang, Y., Kotze, J., Vierikko, K. and Niemelä, J. 2019: What makes urban greenspace unique – relationships between citizens’ perceptions on unique urban nature, biodiversity and environmental factors. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 42, 1-9. doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2019.04.005
  8. Vierikko, K. and Yli-Pelkonen, V. 2019: Seasonality in recreation supply and demand in an urban lake ecosystem in Finland. Urban Ecosystems 22(4), 769-783.doi.org/10.1007/s11252-019-00849-7  
  9. Fischer, L.K., Honold, J., Botzat, A., Brinkmeyer, D., Cvejić, R., Delshammar, T., Elands, B., Haase, D., Karle, S.J., Kabisch, N., Lafortezza, R., Nastran, M., Nielsen, A-B., van der Jagt, A.P., Vierikko, K. and Kowarik, I. 2018: Recreational ecosystem services in European cities: sociocultural and geographic context matters for park use. Ecosystem Services 31 (Part C), 455-467. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2018.01.015
  10. Møller, M., Stahl Olafsson, A., Vierikko, K., Sehested, K., Elands, B., Buiks, A., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C. 2018: Participation through place-based e-tools: a valuable resource for urban green infrastructure governance? Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 40, 245-253. doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2018.09.003
Published 2019-10-29 at 19:04, updated 2020-07-08 at 8:49

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