Research and pilots promoting sustainable urbanisation

The share of population living in cities and urban areas is increasing globally. Up to 70% of Finns already live in urban areas, while the global figure is over 50%. Urbanisation is often considered an economically favourable development trend, but it is challenging in terms of social and ecological sustainability.

The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) produces information and solutions that promote sustainable urbanisation. We provide policy-makers, citizens and other stakeholder groups with information related to urban development. We reinforce the role of urban residents in the implementation of sustainable development, and make use of the prevailing culture of experimentation. Our goal is to provide cities and other urban actors with keys to making sustainable choices and decisions.

We combine research and development activities that promote sustainable change in cities and urban areas. We seek to introduce new environmental dimensions to urban research and to strengthen international co-operation in the field.

”If we want urban residents to make sustainable choices, we need solutions that support them at the local level.”

- Emma Terämä, Sustainable Urbanisation Programme Director (2018 - 2020)

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Director Emma Terämä Introduces the research themes of the Sustainable Urbanisation Programme.

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Marko Tainio


Director  Marko Tainio,
Sustainable Urbanisation Programme
tel. +358 295 252 127, firstname.lastname@syke.fi

 

Press releases

Leif Schulman.

SYKE’s vision is Sustainability Transformation!

2021-11-03
Finland is one of the top countries in overconsumption. Our unsustainable lifestyle accelerates biodiversity loss and climate change – two of the most pressing environmental crises of our time. Along with other Western countries, Finland needs to make a quick turn towards a new kind of society that enables a sustainable lifestyle.
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Published 2022-10-13 at 11:56, updated 2022-11-09 at 10:35
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