Looking for creative solutions and strategies at municipal level

01.08.2020 - 31.12.2021
The starting point of the research is the concept of shrinking rural area as a multidimensional phenomenon. In areas with declining and ageing populations, the conditions for increased vitality, new opportunities and well-being are approached by applying smart shrinking concept. It is obvious tha...

Feeling good - Northern-Savo

01.05.2021 - 31.08.2023
The project is funded by European Social Fund (ESF). The project is implemented by University of Eastern Finland, City of Kuopio (coordinator), Savonia University of Applied Sciences and Humak University of Applied Sciences.

Regenerating Municipal Centres

01.11.2017 - 31.12.2020
Municipal centres play an important role as locations of the local economy and they also balance the regional structure. Lately their vitality has weakened as people have moved to larger urban centres. Six rural municipalities in Eastern Finland are in cooperation with University of Helsinki and ...

Centre for Regional Research

Spatia– Centre for Regional Research is an applied regional and social science research unit. We started operating in 2001 as part of the University of Eastern Finland’s Karelian Institute. We carry out research and surveys commissioned by our customers, and provide expert services needed in nati...

Cross-border Investment Navigator for Monocities (CINNAMON)

01.01.2019 - 31.12.2021
The project is funded by the Karelia CBC programme. The project is implemented by University of Eastern Finland, Karelian regional institute of continuing professional education at Petrozavodsk State University (coordinator), JSC "Corporation for the Development of the Republic of Karelia" and Ka...

Adaptive and innovative countryside

01.05.2020 - 31.03.2022
This study approaches the adaptive and innovative capacities of Finnish shrinking rural areas, as a multidimensional phenomenon, through the concept of smart shrinking, or as we term it: smart adaptation. The concept allows us to disentangle the impacts (both positive and negative) of demographic...