Kati Vierikko

Senior Researcher

Docent (urban ecology)

PhD (environmental sciences)
M.sc. (systematic botany)

Environmental Policy Centre, Land Use Management team
Email: first name.last name@syke.fi
Moblie: +358 50 476 6293
Address: Latokartanonkaari 11, 00790 Helsinki

@ LinkedInORCID, ResearchGate, Twitter



Research tasks and interests at SYKE

I work as a senior researcher in the land use management team. 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' to support biodiversity decision-making in EU. My previous research topics have focused to sustainable forest use in Finland, biocultural diversity and cultural ecosystem services of urban blue-green infrastructure. I am especially interestes in human-nature interactions, improving stakeholder engagement and developing methods and tools for enhancing biodiversity at different spatial scale. 


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 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. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. Vierikko, K. 2020: Biokulttuurinen monimuotoisuus yhdistää kulttuurin ja luonnon. Viherympäristö 3/2020. s. 54-55. http://epaper.fi/read/5741/aZawOTkY
  9. 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
  10. 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
Published 2019-10-29 at 19:04, updated 2022-09-06 at 16:00

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