Spatia – Centre for Regional Research

Spatia – Centre for Regional Research, is an applied social science research unit of the University of Eastern Finland producing research for and about regional development, planning and politics. Spatia's main customer organizations are the ministries, municipalities, federation of municipalities, regional administrative units, and enterprises. We also take part in international research projects. Spatia offers research and expertise services, for example, on regional economics, local government and administrative law, town and environmental planning and cross-border co-operation.

In our research services we focus on flexibility and multidisciplinary research. Spatia works as a network organization with the Karelian Institute and the departments of economics, geography, law and social policy. Our aim is to provide our customers with the best expertise available for their research programmes.

In research our strengths are related to:

  • regional economic development and competitive ability
  • rural development
  • cross-border co-operation, business to Russia
  • evaluation research, project and process evaluation


Spatia, Centre for Regional Research
University of Eastern Finland
Street address: Aurora, Yliopistokatu 2 B
Mail address: P.O. Box 111, F-80101 Joensuu, Finland
Research director:  Petri Kahila,  petri.kahila(at), phone +358 50 411 8445
See also staff