Professor of Environmental Law (Bioeconomy and Natural Resources Law)

Ismo Pölönen is a Professor of Environmental Law (Bioeconomy and Natural Resources Law) at the UEF Law School. Pölönen defended his dissertation on environmental impact assessment in 2007 and was awarded the title of docent in environmental law in 2012. His research has focused on the EU and Finnish law on environmental impact assessment, mining and forest legislation, land use planning law and public participation rights. Pölönen is very experienced in multidisciplinary and international research projects. He has also held several expert roles that have supported the drafting of legislation and the practical implementation of legal statutes. Pölönen leads legal-scientific sub-project in CORE-consortium funded by funded by Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland. This sub-project studies collaborative environmental planning and decision-making from the regulatory perspective. Furthermore, he leads a sub-project of TRANAPLAN-consortium (2020-2024) funded by Academy of Finland. This study brings together planning theory and jurisprudence to examine land use planning especially in the Finnish context.

Contact info


Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, Law School



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Teaching Activities

Corresponding teacher & lecturing: 5311900 J: Master's Thesis and seminar (environmental law), 40 Cp 5311717 J: Environmental Impact Assessment, 5 Cp Lecturing: 5311706 J: Natural Resources and Nature Conservation Law, 5 Cp AY5311704 Introduction to Environmental Law, 5 Cp 5311708 J: 5311708 J: Introduction to Environmental Law, general doctrines,  5 Cp 5119158 Mining, Environment and Society, 4 Cp

Research groups and research projects

The project Collaborative remedies for fragmented societies – facilitating the collaborative turn in environmental decision-making, CORE (2007-2021), Transforming anatomies of democratic planning: Combining planning-theoretical and legal perspectives on flexible regulation in Finnish land use law (TRANAPLAN, 2020-2021)  

Research groups - UEF