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Public Policy and Governance

About the research group

The contemporary challenges faced by governments are characterised by complexity and uncertainty. Yet it is imperative for governments to carefully evaluate a range of potential scenarios and promptly respond to them in an effective way.  The public sector must proactively anticipate future developments, and consistently find, evaluate, and adopt innovative solutions to capitalise on forthcoming prospects, all while mitigating risks by enhancing the resilience of their public systems.

The research group on Public Policy and Governance (PPG) advances theoretical and empirical cutting-edge research in administrative sciences. We provide innovative perspectives and develop tools for leaders, managers, and decision-makers to enhance policy-making and governance in complex environments.

The versatile expertise of our group members combines managerial, regulatory, and spatial aspects of public policy and governance in our three focus areas: 

  • Governance of complex systems
  • Public sector reforms and innovations
  • Co-creation of knowledge and societal value

The focus areas are visible in internationally ambitious research initiatives, strong national brand in complexity research, and active high-quality publishing and versatile externally funded project portfolio. 

We pursue strong research-based societal impact by working actively with our key stakeholders sharing our core values for innovative and sustainable public sector renewal, both in academia and in partner organizations locally, nationally and globally. Our work contributes to UN’s Sustainable Development Goals primarily in following areas: 

  • Good Health and Well-Being (3); 
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (9); 
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities (11); 
  • Climate Action (13); 
  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (16), and 
  • Partnerships for the Goals (17). 

Connected to continuous stakeholder interaction, we maintain active research-teaching nexus, through which we contribute to our education programmes (Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programmes) in Administrative Sciences. The research group produces 4–6 new PhDs annually.  

The research group is chaired by Research Manager Petri Uusikylä and Helka Kalliomäki, Associate professor in Regional Studies.

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Research projects

Project Duration Actors
Resilience of complex legal systems in sustainability transformation (RELIEF) - Public policy and governance, Complexity research
NATUREACH – Nature Reachable for all - InnoLab, Digital Economy, Public policy and governance, Marketing and Communication
MISS – Practising mission-oriented innovation policy - SC-Research, Technology and Innovations, InnoLab, Public policy and governance, Management
Tiedon jalostamisen maantieteet laajennetuissa ajoissa ja tiloissa (BETH) - Public policy and governance, Digital Economy, Management
VATACO - Governing Transition to a Circular City: Engaging public and private stakeholders in the circular economy - Digital Economy, Public policy and governance, Management
Safeguarding Welfare in Times of Pandemics: Towards Collaborative Governance of Syndemics (WELGO) - Public policy and governance, Complexity research, Management
A Roadmap OUT of mEdical deserts into supportive Health WorkForce initiatives and policies (ROUTE-HWF) - InnoLab, Public policy and governance
GRETA— Green Transformation! A Policy tool for Regional Smart Specialisation in the Baltic Sea Area - Public policy and governance, Management
Palvelujen pirunpolskasta nuorten nuotteihin - Public policy and governance, Complexity research, Management
Information Resilience in a Wicked Environment (IRWIN) - Auditing and control in accounting, Public policy and governance, Complexity research, Accounting and Finance, Management

Members in the spotlight

Interviews with members of the research group

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Administration of the group

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Petri Uusikylä

Petri Uusikylä

Research Director
School of Management, Social and Health Management
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Helka Kalliomäki

Helka Kalliomäki

Associate Professor (tenure track)
School of Management, Regional Studies
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Evy Saputri

Evy Saputri

Project Researcher
School of Management, Regional Studies
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Research group members

Regional Science

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Markko Aho

Markko Aho

School of Management, Regional Studies
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Thomas Behrndt

Thomas Behrndt

University Teacher
School of Management, Regional Studies
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Johanna Hautala

Johanna Hautala

Associate Professor (tenure track)
School of Management, Regional Studies
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Tuomas Honkaniemi

Tuomas Honkaniemi

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School of Management, Regional Studies
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Johanna Kalliokoski

Johanna Kalliokoski

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School of Management, Regional Studies
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Helka Kalliomäki

Helka Kalliomäki

Associate Professor (tenure track)
School of Management, Regional Studies
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Mikko Karhu

Mikko Karhu

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School of Management, Regional Studies
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Jukka Keinänen

Jukka Keinänen

Tohtoriopiskelija
School of Management, Regional Studies
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Ilkka Luoto

Ilkka Luoto

University Lecturer
School of Management, Regional Studies
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Antti Mäenpää

Antti Mäenpää

Postdoctoral Researcher
School of Management, Regional Studies
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Marianne Mäntyoja

Marianne Mäntyoja

Project Researcher
School of Management, Regional Studies
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Ejike Okonkwo

Ejike Okonkwo

Doctoral Researcher
School of Management, Regional Studies
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Evy Saputri

Evy Saputri

Project Researcher
School of Management, Regional Studies
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Seija Virkkala

Seija Virkkala

Professor Emerita
School of Management, Regional Studies
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Roosa Wingström

Roosa Wingström

Project Researcher
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Public Management

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Pertti Ahonen

Pertti Ahonen

Docent
School of Management, Public Management
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Melisa Benchi?

Melisa Benchi?

Grant-Funded Researcher
School of Management, Public Management
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Sorin Dan

Sorin Dan

Assistant Professor
School of Management, Public Management
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Christoph Demmke

Christoph Demmke

Professor
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Esa Hyyryläinen

Esa Hyyryläinen

Professor
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Tomi Kallio

Tomi Kallio

Professor
School of Management, Human Resource Management
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Markku Kiviniemi

Markku Kiviniemi

Docent
School of Management, Public Management
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Anne Koski

Anne Koski

Tohtoriopiskelija
School of Management, Public Management
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Kirsi Lehto

Kirsi Lehto

University Lecturer
School of Management, Public Management
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Nkrumah Osei

Nkrumah Osei

Doctoral Researcher
School of Management, Public Management
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Elias Pekkola

Elias Pekkola

Docent
School of Management, Public Management
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Sofi Perikangas

Sofi Perikangas

Doctoral Researcher
School of Management, Public Management
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Paula Rossi

Paula Rossi

Postdoctoral Researcher
School of Management, Public Management
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Ari Salminen

Ari Salminen

Professor Emeritus
School of Management, Public Management
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Hammad Syed

Hammad Syed

Doctoral Researcher
School of Management, Public Management
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Sanna Tuurnas

Sanna Tuurnas

Associate Professor (tenure track)
School of Management, Public Management
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Olli Wuori

Olli Wuori

Docent
School of Management, Public Management
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Public Law

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Ville Karjalainen

Ville Karjalainen

Doctoral Researcher
School of Management, Public Law
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Eija Mäkinen

Eija Mäkinen

Professor Emerita
School of Management, Public Law
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Niina Mäntylä

Niina Mäntylä

Professor
School of Management, Public Law
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Jyri Paasonen

Jyri Paasonen

Postdoctoral Researcher
School of Management, Public Law
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Laura Perttola

Laura Perttola

University Teacher
School of Management, Public Law
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Tiina Petrelius

Tiina Petrelius

Doctoral Researcher
School of Management, Public Law
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Kristian Siikavirta

Kristian Siikavirta

University Lecturer
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Sonya Walkila

Sonya Walkila

Teacher
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Joonas Widlund

Joonas Widlund

University Teacher
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Social and Health Management

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Jari Autioniemi

Jari Autioniemi

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Kyösti Husso

Kyösti Husso

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Harri Jalonen

Harri Jalonen

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Petra Kokko

Petra Kokko

Teacher
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Anna Kork

Anna Kork

Associate Professor (tenure track)
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Susanna Kotamäki

Susanna Kotamäki

University Teacher
Levón Institute, Open University
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Kaisa Kurkela

Kaisa Kurkela

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Miia Laasanen

Miia Laasanen

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Sari Lappalainen

Sari Lappalainen

School of Management, Social and Health Management
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Riikka Lehesvuo

Riikka Lehesvuo

Doctoral Researcher
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Kati Lehtiö

Kati Lehtiö

Teacher
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Juha Lindell

Juha Lindell

University Lecturer
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Salla Maijala

Salla Maijala

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Juhani Merilehto

Juhani Merilehto

Tohtoriopiskelija
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Tomi Niemi

Tomi Niemi

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Ville-Pekka Niskanen

Ville-Pekka Niskanen

Project Researcher
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Patrik Nordin

Patrik Nordin

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Seija Ollila

Seija Ollila

School of Management, Social and Health Management
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Elina Palovuori

Elina Palovuori

Grant-Funded Researcher
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Harri Raisio

Harri Raisio

University Lecturer
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Aino Rantamäki

Aino Rantamäki

Doctoral Researcher
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Jaanet Salminen

Jaanet Salminen

Teacher
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Taina Schneider

Taina Schneider

Grant-Funded Researcher
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Hanna Sykkö

Hanna Sykkö

School of Management, Social and Health Management
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Rose Thompson Coon

Rose Thompson Coon

Project Researcher
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Petri Uusikylä

Petri Uusikylä

Research Director
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Pekka Valkama

Pekka Valkama

School of Management, Social and Health Management
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Pirkko Vartiainen

Pirkko Vartiainen

Professor Emerita
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