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  • PL 65 (Viikinkaari 2a)

    00014

    Finland

  • Viikinkaari 1, Biocentre 3

    00790 Helsinki

    Finland

20062020

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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.

Fields of Science

  • 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

A revised terminology for vegetated rooftops based on function and vegetation

Kotze, D. J., Kuoppamaki, K., Niemikapee, J., Mesimaki, M., Vaurola, V. & Lehvavirta, S., Mar 2020, In : Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 49, 9 p., 126644.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Lajirunsautta katoille: Voiko luonnon monimuotoisuutta rakentaa?

Mesimäki, M., Jauni, M., Kyrö, K., Hagner, M., Lettojärvi, I., Niemi-Kapee, J., Suonio, T. & Lehvävirta, S., 28 Feb 2020, Elämän verkko: Luonnon monimuotoisuutta edistämässä. Mattila, H. (ed.). Gaudeamus, p. 178-195 333 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Vegetated roofs in boreal climate support mobile open habitat arthropods, with differentiation between meadow and succulent roofs

Kyrö, K., Kotze, D. J., Müllner, M. A., Hakala, S., Kondorosy, E., Pajunen, T., Vilisics, F. & Lehvävirta, S., 30 Apr 2020, In : Urban Ecosystems. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Perceived Environmental Aesthetic Qualities Scale (PEAQS): A self-report tool for the evaluation of green-blue spaces

Subiza-Pérez, M., Hauru, K., Korpela, K., Haapala, A. & Lehvävirta, S., Jul 2019, In : Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 43, 9 p., 126383.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects

Activities

Pro gradun ohjaus

Leena Linden (Supervisor), Susanna Lehvävirta (Supervisor), Miia Jauni (Supervisor)
20172020

Activity: Examination typesSupervision of other thesis (Master's, Licentiate)

Ministry of Environment of Finland (External organisation)

Susanna Lehvävirta (Expert member)
20142015

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

Green constructors association in Finland VAR (External organisation)

Susanna Lehvävirta (Expert member)
2014 → …

Activity: Membership typesOther tasks of an expert in private sector

City of Helsinki (External organisation)

Susanna Lehvävirta (Chair)
20142015

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

Unknown Person

Susanna Lehvävirta (Host)
15 Jan 201414 Jul 2014

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

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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