The Ruralia Institute examines sustainable development and the changing relationship between global and local issues from the perspective of rural areas. The institute serves as an expert partner and utilises the competence of the entire University of Helsinki in applying research information. Our 50 or so experts engage in wide-ranging international, national and regional cooperation in the university consortiums of Mikkeli and Seinäjoki.
Research funding for Ruralia community members
The South Ostrobothnia Regional Fund and the South Savo Regional Fund of the Finnish Cultural Foundation have awarded a doctoral thesis grant to...
Inspiring ideas for climate efforts from young people in the Mikkeli region!
If products derived from animals put more of a strain on the climate than do plant-based alternatives, shouldn’t the price of vegan and...
Open postition for University Researcher at Mikkeli unit
The field of the position is sustainable economy and cooperatives. In their research, the appointee is expected to focus on the adaptation and...
Closer cooperation between Suur-Savon Sähkö and the University of Helsinki Ruralia Institute
The Ruralia Institute will calculate the impact of the Suur-Savon Sähkö electric utility company on the regional economy.
Rural communities from all over Europe are invited to learn about managing social enterprises
Material developed with four rural communities from Estonia, Finland, Romania and Scotland now available in the ViSEnet project
The research and development activities at the Ruralia Institute are interactive, with research serving as an inspiration for development measures and vice versa. The starting points of our research and development activities include a network operating model, partnerships and good use of the entire intellectual capital of the University of Helsinki. The institute’s experts actively participate in public debate and serve in different working groups.
The Ruralia Institute conducts multidisciplinary research that transcends the boundaries of various academic fields. Core areas of research...
The Ruralia Visiting Scholar Call 2021 is postponed due to Covid-19. The call for the Academic Year 2022 - 2023 will be open around this...
The Ruralia Institute is a creative learning, research and development environment that offers students a professionally oriented, multidisciplinary place of study. Our research-based teaching incorporates the practical application of theory. Blended learning includes both contact classes and web-based studies. The planning and implementation of teaching involve extensive cooperation with various experts from the University of Helsinki as well as local developers, sustainable food chain businesses and other parties.
Food Economy PD (Professional Training) Programme
The Food Economy PD Programme (60 cr) is a university-level specialisation programme for experts in the food industry.
Co-op Network Studies
Co-op Network Studies (CNS) is a network established by a group of six universities. Teaching within the framework of the network is...