Our research responds to the "Global Challenges" identified in the UEF strategy by developing multidisciplinary approaches, theories, and methods in Environmental Policy, History, and Human and Physical Geography.


Environmental change and sufficiency of natural resources: Our research concerning this global challenge analyses the sustainable use of natural resources, the transformation towards circular economy and bioeconomy, and the relationships between environmental and social changes, both in rural and urban contexts. Researchers are paying attention to resilience of communities, modes of governance and power, responsive and collaborative practices, social and regional development, as well as processes of bio-physical nature.

Cultural encounters, mobilities and borders: We respond to this challenge by carrying out multidisciplinary research on borderlands as historical, geographic and environmental transition contexts. The research is targeted at state formation processes, participation in society, migration as well as cultural and economic encounters in urban and peripheral surroundings.

Ageing, lifestyles and health: Concerning this challenge, we conduct research that explores the relationships between the natural environment, socio-economic conditions, and well-being. Both access to and quality of healthcare and healthcare-related information are examined in light of existing national and transnational, historical and contemporary contexts.

Learning in a digitalized society: Our research regarding this challenge concentrates upon gathering, modelling, and analyzing geoinformation and digitalizing "big data" fromcultural-physical environments and historical sources. The Department's research encourages pedagogical advancement by applying and developing new participatory and technological methods in the realms of data-gathering and teaching.