The City of Turku, University of Turku, and Åbo Akademi University co-operate systematically through three complementary initiatives, the regional development company Turku Science Park Ltd, the governance-orientated Turku Urban Research Programme, and the Study in Turku geared for students.
Turku Science Park
Turku Science Park focuses on university-industry co-operation. It is the intermediary organisation in a broad co-operation network labelled Turku Business Region. The spearhead fields are CleanTurku (bio and circular economies and cleantech), HealthTurku (health and well-being), ExperienceTurku (movies, games, experience industry), MaritimeTurku (maritime industry), and TechTurku (manufacturing and technology industries), each involving research co-operation. The Science Park is a permanent co-operation platform.
Turku Urban Research Programme
Turku Urban Research Programme is a knowledge brokerage partnership between the city (municipality) and the universities. It supports academic urban research, promotes research-based policy advice for urban governance and planning, as well as fosters knowledge exchange between the universities and the City of Turku. The Research Programme funds research projects primarily through its own funding competitions, arranged yearly, funded by the city and its collaborators. The city also assigns small research projects directly and may co-fund externally funded projects. Research topics are motivated by Turku’s strategy, but the research questions are driven by academic discussions. The topics range from economic development to social policy, and from sustainability to good governance. The funded projects are expected to meet both the city’s and the universities’ interests and needs. An emphasis is put on productive interaction during the projects as well as dissemination of the results.
Particular for the Turku model is a jointly-appointed Research Director, or a knowledge broker, who works as an operational manager of the program. The broker’s task is to build the bridge of mutual understanding between the municipality, the universities and the project applicants, and to ensure that every party understands the benefits of their involvement. The Research Director holds the same job title both at the University of Turku and the City of Turku. The Research Programme is currently in its third round (2019-2023).
Study in Turku
Study in Turku is a partnership between the municipality and all six Turku’s higher education institutions. Its focus is on city marketing, increasing students’ wellbeing, and integrating them to the city’s everyday life and labour market.
City of Turku
Yliopistonkatu 27 5. krs.
Director of Urban Research
University of Turku & City of Turku
+358 40 592 6629
Postdoctoral Researcher, Economic Geography
Adjunct professor, D.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.), Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
+358 29 450 4084
+358 50 505 7167
Åbo Akademi University
+358 2 215 31