Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Kerli Müürisepp is a researcher at the Digital Geography Lab, Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki. Kerli’s background is in human geography and regional planning, and her interdisciplinary research focuses on urban segregation, integration and transnationalism, and on socio-spatial inequalities in environmental exposures. She is especially interested in capturing those processes and phenomena through the lens of people's mobility and activity spaces. In her PhD thesis “Capturing segregation through space and time: New insights from the activity space approach and big data”, Kerli used spatial Big Data sources, and in particular mobile phone data, to provide a novel understanding about people’s daily mobility and activity spaces, and about the segregation patterns and socio-spatial inequalities these create.

Currently, Kerli works as a Research Coordinator in the ERC-funded research project “GREENTRAVEL – Greener Urban Travel Environments for Everyone: From measured wellbeing impacts to Big Data analytics”. In GREENTRAVEL, her research focusses on understanding the equity of access and exposure to greenery during people’s everyday urban travels. Besides, Kerli is responsible for the GREENTRAVEL project administration and reporting, and supporting the daily operations of the Digital Geography Lab.

Education information

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from University of Helsinki, Finland (2023).
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Human Geography and Regional Planning from University of Tartu, Estonia (2013).
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geography from University of Tartu, Estonia (2009).
  • Two semesters in Ghent University, Belgium, with a focus on Social and Economic Geography (during BSc studies in 2009-2010).

Fields of Science

  • 519 Social and economic geography
  • Urban Geography
  • Human Mobility
  • Segregation
  • Socio-Spatial Inequality
  • Integration
  • Transnationalism
  • 1171 Geosciences
  • GIS
  • Mobile Phone Data

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.