6 Contributors and Editors
is the Vice-Rector of Sustainable Development, Professor of Environmental Studies and Senior Researcher of Cultural Geography at Tallinn University. She is responsible for the master’s programmes in environmental studies and urban planning at the university. Her main research topics are spatial and landscape planning. Currently, she is most interested in cultural and community aspects, as well as sustainable development and resilience in urban and rural areas, environmental policy, and civic studies.
is a Lecturer at the Academy of Architecture and Urban Studies and the Programme Director for landscape architecture programmes at the Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech). Her research focuses on the use of forecasts and scenarios in spatial analysis and visioning. She has studied cross-border cities (Tallinn-Helsinki), the spatial policy of the EU, including the impact of major infrastructure projects on the local environment and the impact of new technologies on the urban environment.
is a Professor of Media Innovation at the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School at Tallinn University (TLU), and Head of the TLU Centre of Excellence in Media Innovation and Digital Culture. He is also in charge of the doctoral programme in audiovisual arts and media studies at TLU. His main research topics are media innovation and digital culture, linked to economic innovation research and a variety of cultural research methods and approaches.
is the Vice Rector of Research and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Her research topics include 20th-century architecture and living environment, Soviet studies, spatial and material culture theories, 20th-century architectural historiography and art historiography. In 2015, she received the Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia for her research in architecture.
is a Senior Researcher of human geography at the Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences of the University of Tartu (UT), and Head of the UT Centre for Migration and Urban Studies. Her research topics include migration and inequality in space, people’s preferences for living in cities, inter-ethnic contacts in society and space, as well as urban and regional planning. Since 2017, she has been the Estonian representative of the EU cooperation programme URBACT.
is an animal ecologist, Senior Researcher and Head of the Chair of Natural Resources at the University of Tartu. Over the past decades, his research has expanded to include a broad range of subjects in biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, especially the sustainable management of natural ecosystems. He has been involved as an expert in many national planning processes, and his interests include managing sustainable development, for example, through civil society.
is a Professor of Transport Planning and the Head of the Research Centre of Logistics and Transportation at the Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech). His main research topics are mobility, integration of modes of transport, analysis of traffic networks, and the effects of traffic and traffic safety in particular. He has published more than 40 scientific articles and supervised nearly 50 doctoral and master’s theses. He has taught mobility-related courses at TalTech, the Estonian Academy of Arts, the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, the University of Tartu and elsewhere.
is a poet, critic, PhD student at Tallinn University and an activist, who is currently one of the authors of the Tallinn 2021+ strategy. He was one of the founders of the Prussakov Cycling Association (1997–2009) and the Uus Maailm Society (2006–2013). As a passionate cyclist and walker, he is constantly aware of space and the people who use it. The strategy being prepared for Tallinn with his involvement focuses on good public space and improved mobility.
is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Tartu. Her research interests are related to generations, socialisation, education, values, civic participation of young people, media and time use, and the acceleration of social changes, including social time. As an active member of the international research network EU Kids Online and head of the Estonian working group, she focuses on how children and youth use the internet and the social mediation of their internet use. In 2008, she received the Young Scientist Award from the Cultural Foundation of the President of Estonia.
is an architect, founder of the company inphysica technology, and Lecturer of Digital Geometry at the Estonian Academy of Arts. His main interest is decision-making related to spatial data, and the resulting software development. The most wide-spread of these is the Urban Network Analysis toolbox for Rhino. He is involved in several mobility research and strategy projects in Estonia and environmental health impact assessments in Finland. In addition to research, he is involved in projects ranging from interior architecture to urban development.
is an architect and urbanist, a board member of the Urban Lab, city architect of Paide and, for the fourth year, curator of the outdoor areas and urban spaces section of the opinion festival Arvamusfestival in Paide. Her main interests are public space, place-making and spatial education. She has taught at the TTK University of Applied Sciences, Tallinn University and the Estonian Academy of Arts, as well as at the School of Architecture (Arhitektuurikool) and Tallinn Secondary School of Arts.
is an urbanist, board member of the Urban Lab, and editor of the Estonian Urbanists Review U. She currently supervises master’s students in urban studies and interior architecture at the department of Architecture and Urban Design at the Estonian Academy of Arts with their theses and studio work.
is a PhD student at the Manchester School of Architecture and project manager for the Heritage Action Zone regeneration project in Rochdale. Her main research topics are urban regeneration, post-socialist urban space and changes in planning practice.
is an Associate Professor of the Sociology of Journalism and Deputy Head of the Institute of Social Studies at the University of Tartu. Her research focuses on media use and societal change, and more broadly, the role of media with regard to social cohesion. Her current research topics also include the analysis and interpretation of changes in journalism.
is a Senior Research Fellow in Urban Geography at the University of Tartu. Her main research topics are migration, segregation, urban and housing policy. Her research currently focuses on the links between segregation and integration in different spheres of life (family, place of residence, school, work), which she studies on the basis of large-scale national data (censuses, registers) from Estonia and Finland. Between 2013–2016, she was a fellow at Uppsala University, studying segregation in Sweden. She has published articles in high-level academic journals.
is a Senior Research Fellow at Tartu Observatory, University of Tartu, and an Associate Professor at the Institute of Forestry and Rural Engineering at the Estonian University of Life Sciences. His main research topics are related to the remote monitoring of nature, and processing spatial and remote monitoring data.
has a PhD in economics from the University of Tartu and was a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in the Innovative Training Network RegPol2 based in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Estonia. He is a Researcher in Sustainable Built Environment at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU, and has held positions at the University of British Columbia and University of Toronto. His research interests span European urban and regional planning, policy, institutions, governance and innovation.
is a Research Fellow in Semiotics at the University of Tartu. Her main research topics are identity constructions, strategic narratives and disinformation in online environments. She has collaborated with the Estonian Military Academy and participated in research projects involved with military communications deception. In 2019, she began a post-doctoral fellowship at Queen’s University Belfast, dedicated to the semiotic study of strategic conspiracy narratives.
is a Professor and the Chair of Geoinformatics and Cartography at the University of Tartu. His main research interests are landscape ecology and sustainable development.
is a research journalist and Lecturer of Research Communication at the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School, Tallinn University. His main research topic is researcher interaction with the press; he is also interested in innovation communication and environmental communication. He hosts the popular science programme Puust ja punaseks on Raadio 2.
is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Tartu and a Visiting Fellow at Umeå University. His main research area is the health impact of the external environment. Within his research, he has focused on air pollution and climate change, but more recently also on the oil shale sector, indoor air pollution and the health impact of noise. Over the past 15 years, he has been involved in more than 30 research or development projects which have had a significant effect in raising public awareness about the health effects of the environment.
is a Senior Research Fellow in Sustainability Sociology at the University of Tartu Institute of Social Sciences and a Visiting Fellow at King’s College London. Her research topics include social and regional inequality in transport and energy consumption and its environmental impacts, the methodology for assessing the social impact of planning, and the sustainable development of socio-technical systems. She is in charge of the work package H2020 in the BuildERS project on the resilience of communities in emergency situations. She was a post-doctoral researcher in the Environmental and Health Psychology Research Group at Umeå University.
is a doctoral student of architecture and urban planning at the Estonian Academy of Arts. His main research topic is the social role of the work of an architect. His varied practice in the field of spatial design includes work as a city and state official, a community activist, an architect and a teacher. His work has involved planning, construction documents for streets and buildings, terms of reference, legislation, and establishing connections in the processes of spatial design.
is a PhD candidate in geography and is working as a Junior Research Fellow of Human Geography at the University of Tartu. His main research topics are socio-spatial inequality, gentrification as a change in the demographic process and the business environment, and more broadly, urban planning from smart city innovations to participatory practices. He teaches courses related to urban geography and urban planning at the University of Tartu.
is a PhD student of human geography at the Department of Geography, University of Tartu. Her main research topic is participatory urban planning and management. Her current research focuses on public and social space issues and good practices in Soviet-era mass housing districts. In addition to research, she also teaches and supervises theses at the Department of Geography.
is a Researcher in Environmental Sociology at Tallinn University. She has studied and worked at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the University of Warsaw, the Slovak University of Technology and the University of Tartu. Her research focuses on socio-spatial inequality and the practices and discourses of space creation. Her doctoral thesis discussed territorial stigmatisation in Estonian rural areas. She is also a member of the Tallinn University research group ‘Human-nature interactions in an urbanising world’ investigating urban environment issues.
is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki and Lecturer of Environmental Protection at the University of Tartu. She studies the interrelationship between human mobility, activity spaces and the environment, including exposure to green spaces and environmental risks. She is interested in sustainable mobility and consumption, as well as the smart and sustainable city. As a member of the Mobility Lab at the University of Tartu, she is involved with the development of the infrastructure for spatial research based on mobile positioning data, and external collaboration projects.
is an architect, founder and CEO of Creatomus Solutions, and a Senior Researcher at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA). He holds the position of Research Director at the Faculty of Architecture, EAA. In his earlier research, he focused primarily on creating dynamic simulations and linking these to architectural and planning tools and methods. He is currently in charge of R&D for mass-customised prefabricated housing.
is the Director General of the Estonian National Heritage Board. He has studied business administration at the Estonian Business School, and heritage protection and conservation/restoration at the Estonian Academy of Arts, where he is also a PhD student. His thesis focuses on the owners of cultural monuments, their identity and motivation. Previously, he has worked as the Director of the Office of the President of the Republic of Estonia, and the Director General of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
is a PhD student of cultural geography at the Tallinn University School of Humanities and a mobility specialist at Hendrikson & Ko. Her doctoral thesis examines the physical and social factors that influence walking for transportation and their possible mechanisms of influence. Her main research interests and areas of work are mobility studies at different levels, and sustainable transport planning through mobility plans and changes in the urban space.
is a Research Fellow in Conservation Biology at the University of Tartu. Her research deals with techniques for conserving biodiversity and rewilding. Her topics of interest have ranged from sustainable forest management and restoration of marshes to the mapping of natural goods or ecosystem services. She has contributed to more than 15 scientific articles and many popular science articles. She is an educator in the field of ecology as a supervisor of students, lecturer and a leader of the Estonian Fund for Nature.
is the Head of Climate and Energy Projects at the Tartu Regional Energy Agency. His research on urbanisation has focused on suburbs, energy use, planning and adaptation to climate change. He was an editor of the textbook Peatükke planeerimisest (Chapters on Planning, 2013). He has compiled spatial development documents both at the EU level and at the level of small municipalities. Roose is an expert on European Territorial Co-operation.
is a Professor of Environmental Protection and Landscape Management at the Estonian University of Life Sciences, and the head of the chair of the same name. His broad research interests include changes in land use and their impact on biodiversity, landscape planning, the sustainability of protected areas, the impact of nature conservation on regional development, the assessment and mapping of natural assets, and landscape monitoring using remote sensing. He has been involved as an expert in the preparation of many national methodologies and strategy papers. He is an expert at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.
is a Professor of Media Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences, and PhD Programme Director in Media and Communication at the University of Tartu. Her main research interests are related to how children and youths use the internet, the mediation of internet use, new media audiences, and privacy. In 2015, she received the Young Scientist Award from the Cultural Foundation of the President of the Republic of Estonia; she was the 2017 Honoree of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) programme in Estonia.
is a restorer and heritage conservationist who has worked at Tallinn Culture Department as a specialist of built-up areas of cultural and environmental value, and as the chief inspector of immovable monuments at the National Heritage Board.
is an urban geographer working as a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Landscape and Culture at the Tallinn University School of Humanities. His research interests include mobility cultures and post-socialist urban studies. He has published scientific articles on these topics in distinguished journals such as Current Sociology and IJURR. He was a co-editor of the book Post-Socialist Urban Infrastructures (Routledge, 2019). Since 2019, he has been in charge of an international project on public transport as public space, by the network Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA).
is the Development Manager and Member of the Executive Committee of the Estonian Fund for Nature. She has previously worked as an environmental lawyer and was a co-founder of the Estonian Environmental Law Center. In environmental law, she has focused on environmental rights, public participation in environmental decision-making, and the role of NGOs in representing the public interest in environmental issues. She was the editor and co-author of the executive summary of the General Part of the Environmental Code Act (2015) and has published articles in the Journal for European Environmental and Planning Law, Juridica and other journals.
works at the Estonian Environmental Law Center. He has compiled guidelines for environmental impact assessment, public involvement and spatial planning. He was a co-author of the executive summary of the General Part of the Environmental Code Act (2015) and Keskkonnamõju strateegilise hindamise käsiraamat (Handbook of Strategic Environmental Assessment, 2017) He has published articles in international journals such as Juridica International, European Energy, the Environmental Law Review, and Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal.
is a Senior Researcher of Semiotics at the University of Tartu. His main research topics are political semiotics, visual semiotics, strategic narratives in information warfare and influence activities in online environments. He has been involved in more than a dozen research projects. He has collaborated with the Estonian Military Academy and is currently in charge of a research project dedicated to military communications deception.
has been a research assistant at the Centre for Migration and Urban Studies at the University of Tartu since 2014. She holds a master’s degree in human geography and regional planning. Her main research topics are migration, urban segregation and residential mobility.