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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

I am a geographer and a professor of geoinformatics based at the Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki. My research focuses on understanding human–nature interactions and socio-spatial interactions between people, using open/big data sources, spatial analytics and machine learning approaches. Much of my work examines the mobility and accessibility of people from different perspectives and in different environments, using user-generated data (social media, mobile phone, sports apps, etc.) combined with traditional data sources. My work contributes to urban geography, land use and transport planning, sustainability science and conservation geography.

I lead the transdisciplinary research group Digital Geography Lab. The lab hosts some 10 researchers working together with spatial big data analytics on a human scale for fair and sustainable societies. We carry out research in collaborative projects ranging from Social media data analytics for conservation to studies focusing on people’s mobility from the perspective of exposure and health, just to name a few. Our team is an active member of the Helsinki Institute for Sustainability Science HELSUS and the Urban and Regional Research Institute URBARIA.

As a lab leader, I think a lot about how to support creativity, openness, kindness, and respect towards others in academic working life. On the teaching side, I strive to develop MSc and PhD students’ expertise in geoinformatics and spatial analytics, as well as their capacity for critical thinking. I’m responsible for the geoinformatics specialisation in the MSc programme in Geography and for teaching several courses from Introduction to Advanced Geoinformatics to more applied analysis courses such as Accessibility and Mobility of People and Conservation Planning. I spent the academic year 2019-2020 at the University of Cambridge, U.K., and am now a proud life member of the Clare Hall College.

I am a great fan of open data and open science and interested in the implications of openness for education, research and society. For some of my thoughts on this (in Finnish), please see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i68ZiFDehKw

You can follow our work on Twitter: @TuuliToivonen – @DigiGeoLab 

Fields of Science

  • 1171 Geosciences
  • Accessbility, land use and urban planning, decision-support tools
  • 1172 Environmental sciences
  • 113 Computer and information sciences
  • Geoinformatics
  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
  • Conservation planning

Publications

Social media data for conservation science: A methodological overview

Toivonen, T., Heikinheimo, V., Fink, C., Hausmann, A., Hiippala, T., Järv, O., Tenkanen, H. & Di Minin, E., May 2019, In : Biological Conservation. 233, p. 298-315 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

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Dynamic cities: Location-based accessibility modelling as a function of time

Järv, O., Tenkanen, H. T. O., Salonen, M. P., Ahas, R. & Toivonen, T. K., Jun 2018, In : Applied Geography. 95, p. 101-110 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Instagram, Flickr, or Twitter: Assessing the usability of social media data for visitor monitoring in protected areas

Tenkanen, H., Di Minin, E., Heikinheimo, V., Hausmann, A., Herbst, M., Kajala, L. & Toivonen, T., 2017, In : Scientific Reports. 7, 11 p., 17615.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Health research needs more comprehensive accessibility measures: integrating time and transport modes from open data

Tenkanen, H., Saarsalmi, P., Järv, O., Salonen, M. & Toivonen, T., 28 Jul 2016, In : International Journal of Health Geographics. 15, p. 1-12 12 p., 23.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Global protected area expansion is compromised by projected land-use and parochialism

Pouzols, F. M., Toivonen, T., Di Minin, E., Kukkala, A. S., Kullberg, P., Kuusterä, J., Lehtomäki, J., Tenkanen, H., Verburg, P. H. & Moilanen, A., 2014, In : Nature. 516, 7531, p. 383-+ 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Projects

Datasets

The green view dataset for the capital of Finland, Helsinki

Toikka, A. (Creator), Willberg, E. (Creator), Mäkinen, V. (Creator), Toivonen, T. (Creator) & Oksanen, J. (Creator), Helsingin yliopisto, Geotieteiden ja maantieteen laitos, 22 Apr 2020

Dataset

Prizes

European Open Data Champion

Toivonen, Tuuli (Recipient), Nov 2017

Prize: Prizes and awards

Open science price of the Open Science and Research project

Happonen, Konsta (Recipient), Leo Lahti (Recipient), Laine, Heidi (Recipient), Joona Aleksi Lehtomäki (Recipient), Paavolainen, Maija (Recipient), Eva Jessica Parland-von Essen (Recipient), Toivonen, Tuuli (Recipient) & Tolonen, Mikko (Recipient), 16 Nov 2017

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities

Opponent for the doctoral thesis of Age Poom, University of Tartu, Estonia

Tuuli Toivonen (Opponent)

2 Mar 2017

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

Opponent for the doctoral thesis of Timo Pitkänen / University of Turku, Finland

Tuuli Toivonen (Opponent)

3 Jun 2016

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

Opponent for the doctoral thesis of Anders K. Lyseen/ Aalborg University / Denmark

Tuuli Toivonen (Opponent)

28 Apr 2016

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

Opponent for the doctoral thesis of Ninni Saarinen/ University of Helsinki / Finland

Tuuli Toivonen (Opponent)

22 Apr 2016

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

Opponent of doctoral thesis of Henna Etula, University of Oulu

Tuuli Toivonen (Opponent)

15 May 2015

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

Press / Media

COVID-19 is spatial: Ensuring that mobile Big Data is used for social good

Age Poom, Olle Järv, Matthew Zook & Tuuli Toivonen

02/09/202015/09/2020

2 Media contributions

Press/Media: Press / Media

Green Paths video

Age Poom, Joose Helle, Elias Willberg, Vuokko Vilhelmiina Heikinheimo & Tuuli Toivonen

09/09/2020

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media