• PL 64 (Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2)



  • Yliopistonkatu 3, Porthania

    00100 Helsinki


  • Viikinkaari 1, Biocentre 3

    00790 Helsinki



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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Olle holds a joint PhD in human geography and regional planning (2013) from the University of Tartu and Ghent University. As a human geographer, his broad interdisciplinary research interests focus on human mobilities in spatial, temporal and social contexts from the individual to the aggregate level. He is particularly interested in how big data such as mobile phone and social media data can be used to examine individual spatial mobilities and behaviour, and how this can be interpreted and implemented in spatial planning and policy. In recent years, he has examined ways to use big data in studying cross-border interactions, transnationalism, segregation, socio-spatial inequality and urban accessibility. Olle is currently working on a new project funded by Academy of Finland “BORDERSPACE - Tracing interactions and mobilities beyond state borders: Towards new transnational spaces”.

Education information

Doctor of Philosophy in Human Geography and Regional Planning from University of Tartu, Estonia (a joint PhD between Ghent University) (2013)

Doctor of Science: in Geography from Ghent University, Belgium (a joint PhD between University of Tartu) (2013)

Bachelor of Science in Human Geography from University of Tartu, Estonia (2006)

Fields of Science

  • 519 Social and economic geography
  • Urban geography
  • Human mobility
  • Urban planning
  • Accessibility
  • Transnationalism, refugee studies, return, ethnic relations, identity and belonging
  • Regional studies
  • Multi-local living
  • Cross-border interaction
  • Segregation
  • 1171 Geosciences
  • GIS
  • Mobile phone data
  • Social Media
  • Twitter
  • Big Data

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.