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  • Viikinkaari 1, Biocentre 3

    00790 Helsinki

    Finland

  • PL 65 (Viikinkaari 2a)

    00014

    Finland

20062019
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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I run interdisciplinary research projects concerning urban nature, socio-ecological systems related to it, and nature conservation under climate change. My background is in plant ecology, but I have grown to think holistically – systems thinking is needed in order to successfully bring the findings of science into practice. For example, decaying logs might be good for biodiversity and green roofs might be beneficial in cities, but both can proliferate only if they can be seen as visually appealing, safe, affordable and otherwise acceptable.

My research covers plant and invertebrate ecology, horticulture, soil microbes, environmental aesthetics, user perspectives, recreational psychology, jurisprudential perspectives, life cycle analyses, economy, geography and philosophy, this far. More perspectives are welcome whenever they seem to be interesting or necessary. I am at home with both theoretical and empirical thinking and research, as well as with both quantitative and qualitative methods. This is not to say that I am an expert in everything, but my expertise lies in connecting things and asking key questions to help focus on the right things.

Keywords

  • 1172 Environmental sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Research
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Environmental Aesthetics
  • Applied philosophy
  • Environmental Law
  • 118 Biological sciences

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2006 2019

Local habitat characteristics have a stronger effect than the surrounding urban landscape on beetle communities on green roofs

Kyro, K., Brenneisen, S., Kotze, D. J., Szallies, A., Gerner, M. & Lehvavirta, S., Jan 2018, In : Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 29, p. 122-130 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

More than A to B: Understanding and managing visitor spatial behaviour in urban forests using public participation GIS

Korpilo, S., Virtanen, T., Saukkonen, T. & Lehvävirta, S., 1 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Environmental Management. 207, p. 124-133 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Species-specific synergistic effects of two plant growth-Promoting microbes on green roof plant biomass and photosynthetic efficiency

Xie, L., Lehvävirta, S., Timonen, S., Kasurinen, J., Niemikapee, J. & Valkonen, J. P. T., 31 Dec 2018, In : PLoS One. 13, 12, 16 p., 0209432.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Viherkattojen kasvit: uhista mahdollisuuksiin

Jauni, M. M., Kyrö, G. K-M., Niemi-Kapee, J., Lehvävirta, S. & Suonio, T., 2018, In : Viherympäristö. 26, 4, p. 60-62 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Projects 2011 2019

Activities 2005 2014

City of Helsinki (External organisation)

Susanna Lehvävirta (Chair)
20142015

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in public Finnish or international organization

Ministry of Environment of Finland (External organisation)

Susanna Lehvävirta (Expert member)
20142015

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in public Finnish or international organization

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Susanna Lehvävirta (Host)
15 Jan 201414 Jul 2014

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Green constructors association in Finland VAR (External organisation)

Susanna Lehvävirta (Expert member)
2014 → …

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Rakennustieto (External organisation)

Susanna Lehvävirta (Expert member)
20142015

Activity: Membership typesOther tasks of an expert in private sector

Press / Media

Kukkaketo katolla imee sadekuormaa.

Susanna Lehvävirta

24/09/2013

1 media contribution

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Ilmastonmuutos uhkaa jopa puolta Euroopan kasvilajeista.

Susanna Lehvävirta

18/08/2013

1 media contribution

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Katot kukkimaan

Susanna Lehvävirta

01/03/2013

1 media contribution

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Haastattelu Kotipuutarhalehteen

Susanna Lehvävirta

20/02/2013

1 media contribution

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