Atte von Wright (

My teaching and research focuses on food product development, food toxicology, food hygiene and food law. My research is especially focused on using of lactic acid bacteria in food processes to enhance product shelf-life, safety and improve nutritional properties. I have participated in several EU research projects and also been a member of scientific panels and working groups of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

While I retired in 2016, I have continued to supervise doctoral students and been in an expert role in several food security projects implemented by the University of Eastern Finland with Central Asian partners, for example as the Academic Coordinator of a double-degree master’s programme ‘Green Biotechnology and Food Security’ implemented with the Kazakh National Agrarian University.

I was also involved in founding the current Kuopio Food Valley project network that brings together the University of Eastern Finland, Savonia University of Applied Sciences, the development company Savo Grow and food business in the region to develop the food sector

Computational speech group

One of the most significant areas of research in speech technology is speaker recognition, i.e. recognition of persons based on their voice. We carry out both basic methodology research (e.g. feature extraction, segmentation, classification and data fusion algorithms), and apply the developed techniques as parts of state-of-the-art speaker and language recognition systems that rely heavily on statistical machine learning from “big data”. The research targets for instance at improving recognition under noisy environments and improving security of voice biometric systems against voice spoofing attacks. We take regularly part to NIST technology evaluations, and have been also establishing other benchmarking events (ASVspoof). The research group has received funding from Academy of Finland and H2020 programme.


Glase is a multidisciplinary research project implemented by the Karelian Institute and Department of Social Sciences at the University of Eastern Finland, Universities of Helsinki and Oulu, and by the Border and Coast Guard Academy of the Finnish Border Guard. We examine changes in the global security environment, assess the societal challenges posed by these changes, and develop ways to respond to these challenges. The research covers questions about the EU’s and Russia’s actorness and changing roles of states as producers of security changes. We are also interested in changes within the welfare state, immigration and integration policy, and concepts of threat and security in everyday life. The consortium is funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland.

Gleb Iarovoi (

Currently, I am working as researcher and project manager in ENI CBC project “WasteLess Karelias” ( My main duties in the project, apart from everyday routine management issues, are communication with all stakeholders on the Russian side (Republic of Karelia) in the field of waste management, e.g. regional government, municipal administrations and councils, local administrations, NGOs, regional waste management operator company, research institutions etc., and organisation of all project-related activities, i.e. project-related meetings, field research activities and trainings with target groups, as well as conducting waste management-related research, including fieldwork, interviews and public opinion polls.
Having defended my Russian “candidate of science” dissertation in 2007, I am currently writing my “European” PhD thesis, which is devoted to cross-border cooperation on the EU-Russian border, participatory governance in cross-border programmes and the role of non-state actors in inter-regional cooperation.
As a hobby, for many years now, I do some journalism, writing about sensitive issues of Russian political and social life, such as human rights violations by the state, by the Russian Orthodox Church, by security agencies and courts. I also cover different issues of the Finnish-Russian relations for Russian readers.

Jussi Laine (

Dr Jussi P. Laine is an associate professor of multidisciplinary border studies at the Karelian Institute of the University of Eastern Finland, holding the title of Docent of Human Geography at the University of Oulu, Finland. He is the President-Elect of the Western Social Science Association and currently serves on the Steering Committee of the International Geographical Union’s Commission on Political Geography. From 2013 to 2021 he led the Association for Borderlands Studies, the leading international scholarly association dedicated exclusively to the systematic interchange of ideas and information relating to international border areas. By background Dr Laine is a human geographer, yet in his approach to borders he combines influences from international relations and geopolitics, political sociology, history, anthropology, and psychology. Within border studies he seeks to explore the multiscalar production of borders and bring a critical perspective to bear on the relationship between state, territory, citizenship, and identity construction. Most recently, Dr Laine has published works on border mobility, migration, the ethics of borders and ontological (in)security.

Kaisa Huhta (

Dr. Kaisa Huhta is a Senior Researcher and an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow at the UEF Law School and at the Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law, where her research focuses on EU energy law. Her research in the nexus of EU law and the energy sector has produced publications on State aid law, free movement law, competence and institutional issues in EU law, the regulation of new energy technologies and energy investment, security and consumers in EU law. Her broader research objective is understanding the roles of law in governing the energy sector and the low-carbon energy transition in the EU. Dr. Huhta is the Principal Investigator in the EUJUST project, funded by the Academy of Finland, which studies EU Law as an Instrument for Energy Justice.

Dr. Huhta has published in top level international journals such as the European Law Review and the International and Comparative Law Quarterly. In total, she has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, books, book chapters, expert statements and other publications. She has been a visiting researcher at the University of Oxford, the European University Institute (EUI), the University of Tilburg and the University of Iceland.

Katja Weckström (

My research focuses on emerging markets and the evolving regulatory framework for commerce. I concentrate on the role of law and trade in shaping the global economy, which directly impacts national and regional economies. My research targets regulation that may enable growth and remove barriers to trade and commercial development. Global transactions impact the regulator’s ability to control actors and digital content as well as reducing risks and preventing harm to consumers. Hybrid governance models and institutions are necessary to govern international distribution chains to detect fraudulent activity and promote innovative entrepreneurship.
Technological development surpasses regulation that is mainly geared towards real world commerce. Digitalization does not replace, but transforms international chains of commerce and creates opportunities for new business innovations. Trade in physical goods remains relevant, yet now trade revolves around digital content and the service economy. My research focuses on grey areas or gaps in commercial regulation. Thematically I focus on the areas of internet, IPRs and food law.
The focus on IPRs relates to policing criminal activity and utilizing protection schemes to further entrepreneurship, especially protecting innovative SMEs in global markets and developing countries and capitalizing on the potential in food innovation to enhance food security and sustainable business models in food development.

Laura Aivio (

I work as an inhouse lawyer of the University. My area of responsibility is especially all questions related to IT law and digitalization (e.g. information management, digital services, IT contracts, legal issues related to information security and data protection, electronic operating environments and other digitalization).

Matti Ilmari Niemi (

I work as a property law professor at the Law School of the University of Eastern Finland. My teaching contains courses and seminars in the area of property law. I act as a docent at the law faculties of the universities of Helsinki and Lapland where I give lectures. In addition, I act as a docent of jurisprudence at the law faculty of the University of Turku, and I give lectures at the School of Business and Management of the LUT university (Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology). My research activities are directed to both property law and jurisprudence. In property law, my publications are located in the areas of real property law, security law and contract law. In jurisprudence, my publications are located both in the areas of legal philosophy and legal theory. In addition to my homeland, I am orientated towards international research. I act in the working groups of the Common Core of European Private Law Research Project. Books and articles are published in the frames of the project. They are located in the areas of comparative property and contract law. I participate in domestic and international conferences and I make research visits to European universities.

Noora Heikkilä (

Coordinator of the international Master’s Degree Program in Photonics at the Institute of Photonics and the Doctoral Degree Program in Science, Technology and Computing (SCITECO) at the Faculty of Science and Forestry at UEF. Local administrative coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Program “Photonics for Security Reliability and Safety (PSRS)”.
I am also working with a wide range of other international activities, including international student recruitment, double degree programs, exchange students, student internships, international summer schools etc. and taking care of the practical issues and student support services for international students at the Department of Physics and Mathematics.