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Maiju Eskelinen (

Sustainable development is a central theme in UEF strategy. I collaborate closely for instance with facility management and restaurant services to improve sustainability in practice. I also follow different types of sustainability indicators and report them yearly. For example, I am in charge of calculating the UEF carbon footprint.

Mari Kattilakoski (

I work as a University Lecturer (Social sciences, Social and Public Policy) on Joensuu campus.

My field of research is Social and Public Policy, especially Rural Research. My dissertation examines the changing role of citizen participation in rural welfare services, and my special field is civic participation and civic action in the rural context, and more broadly the relationship between the civil society and the welfare state. My current research themes are village security, multi-local care, and digital exclusion.

I work as a Senior Specialist in the theme network of the National Rural Policy Council (MANE): Ensuring a Good Life in the Rural (HYMY). I am also a member of the Secretariat of the Council for Rural Policy. I work in networks and working groups consisting of representatives of science, politics, and civil society.

Other scientific and social activities:

  • MUA ry – The Finnish Society for Rural Research and Development, chairperson 2023–
  • Member of the National Rural Policy Council Secretary, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Finland
  • Safety and security in sparsely populated areas -network, expertise member, Ministry of the Interior in Finland
  • YPK – The community-led local development working group, expertise member, the National Rural Policy Council

Marta Choroszewicz (

I am Marta Choroszewicz (DSocSci, the title of docent in sociology) and I work at the Department of Sociology at the University of Eastern Finland. My work as a sociologist concentrates on the intersection between research on professional work, feminist theories, and science and technology studies. In my research, I have broadly investigated social inequalities in the professions, organizations and working life in general. More recently, I have studied development and implementation of data-driven practices and technologies in the Finnish health care and social services and engaged with the issues of building a digital welfare state via the use of new data technologies such as automated decision-making systems. In the coming years, I will continue to research automating of the public sector organizations. Besides my own research projects, I worked in ProPSI, DaDSoc ja DataLit projects. I am currently working in the DEQUAL project, in which we focus on studying digital inequalities among young people.

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Miia Savolainen (

I work in the web services team of the Communications and Media Relations Unit of the University of Eastern Finland. My responsibilities are developing and support services of website analytics and feedback tools, as well as website accessibility development. I am responsible for the university’s intranet (Heimo) renewal project during 2023-2024.

Minna Kuosmanen (

I work in the centralized human resources  team as a human resources specialist. My tasks include Certia development cooperation, personnel services quality matters, tasks related to the evaluation of professors, consulting tasks related to hourly teaching and remuneration.

Nina Kumpulainen (

MSc, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Peatlands play an important role as carbon storages, but in addition, they offer numerous other beneficial ecosystem services. Still, a big part of peatlands has been drained. This has altered ecosystem functioning, especially greenhouse gas and carbon dynamics. In my doctoral research, I will develop a new method for peatland restoration, which aims to enhance the recovery of functional diversity of a peatland and limit methane emissions. Sphagnum translocation will play an important role in this method development.

Previously I have studied the communication between the tadpoles of the dyeing poison frog (Dendrobates tinctorius) and how lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus) affects beetle species diversity and a number of beetles living on the road verges.

Olli Lehtonen (

Most of my research is related to economic and health geographies. I have published a wide range of articles focusing on statistical impact assessments of various policy measures, accessibility of services and infrastructure, multi-local living and regional development issues. My strengths are in geospatial modelling, geoinformatics and other statistical methods, and more generally on data analytics. In research and education, I use R primarily.

Outi Ratamäki (

My research focuses on how humans, animals, nature and environment(s) co-produce (un)shared realities and how this production is controlled or steered in societies and communities through institutional, material and socio-cultural arrangements. I am interested in the multidimensional and multilevel nature of politics and policies. I have analysed e.g. on wolf policies, development of modern animal policy and law and sustainable use of natural resources and ecosystem services. I have a strong interest towards interdisciplinary work; my research reaches out from social sciences towards humanities and law. I teach about empirical legal research and animal law and policy. I coordinate sustainability studies at the University of Eastern Finland and also a national level network for sustainability studies.

Outi Soininen (

I work in the Performance Management and Quality team of the Development Services. My work includes development and maintenance of the Project Management System and UEF Connect, as well as providing guidance and instructions together with other experts. I also develop and maintain forms produced for UEF’s internal use in cooperation with other teams in Development Services.


Pauli Miettinen (

My research covers data science from method development to applications. The most important fields I have developed methods for are matrix and tensor decompositions over non-standard algebras, redescription mining, and analysis of social networks. Their applications range from data mining, ecological niche modelling, the analysis of parliamentary candidates’ opinions, and the analysis of voluntary-based network services to health data analysis.

For more information, please see my home page (link at the end of the page).