Research groups

The research conducted in the Department is interrelated with various research centres, research groups and networks. Some of them are interrelated to one of the advanced-level strong research areas of UEF, namely Sustainable Governance of Natural Resources and more broadly, the LYY Institute. LYY is a network organization based at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) combining social and cultural research expertise for application in the analysis of the environment and natural resource uses. Such research centres and research groups are:


Research Centre for Socially and Environmentally Responsible Mining (SERM)
Primary contact person: Rauno Sairinen, rauno.sairinen(at)

Responsive Natural Resources Governance Team
Primary contact person: Irmeli Mustalahti, irmeli.mustalahti(at)

Sustainability, Community & Culture Team
Primary contact person: Simo Häyrynen, simo.hayrynen(at)

Primary contact person: Alfred Colpaert, alfred.colpaert(at)

Geospatial Health
Primary contact person: Markku Tykkyläinen, markku.tykkylainen