Minna Santaoja
Dr (Admin.Sc.)

Postdoctoral Researcher
Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC)
+358 29 450 3934
+358 50 433 8627

Åkerlundinkatu 2

Åkerlundinkatu 2 Tampere

Areas of expertise
Science & technology studies; citizen science and public participation; biodiversity data management; multi-level environmental governance; qualitative research methods; food and sustainability; sustainable urban development; student supervision & coucelling


Minna Santaoja started at the Finland Futures Research Centre in October
2017. Minna is a postdoctoral researcher in the Turku Institute of Advanced
Studies (TIAS). She got her doctoral degree in environmental policy from the
University of Tampere. In her research project ”Envisioning the role of new technologies in
shaping human-nature relationships” Minna is studying the role of technological
solutions in biodiversity data governance. Minna is the secretary of the
Finnish Society for Environmental Social Sciences (YHYS) and the postdoctoral
representative in the managing board of the Turku Institute of Advanced Studies


Envisioning the role of new technologies in
shaping human-nature relationships

Biodiversity data management relies on
centralized databases and efforts to tap into citizen data via mobile
applications. The Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility is now operational. There are problems in motivating amateur naturalist to provide data and
the knowledge management practices have been criticized for being too
technology-oriented. Species data has partly differing meanings for the
naturalists and data managers. This research addresses the potential of new technologies
in fostering environmental agency and integrating different social meanings in
data management. The project draws on extensive empirical research material on case
studies focusing on databases, mobile applications and social media as
technologies for biodiversity data collection and management. The work aims at
producing theoretical understanding on a timely topic and fostering
transdisciplinary collaboration and societal debate concerning knowledge on


International futures research conference presentation

FUTUS7 Global challenges and sustainable futures (spring 2019)

Minna has frequently visited as a lecturer on her research topics on environmental policy courses. Minna has supervised several Master's theses and organised a writing workshop for Master's students at the University of Tampere several times. She has taught courses on qualitative research and analysis methods and on citizen participation and sustainable urban development.

Minna has also taught visual analysis methods for PhD candidates as a visiting lecturer at the University of Lapland.

She has participated in developing web-based learning at the University of Tampere, School of management, and has coordinated the web-based introductory course to the politics of environment and regions several times, including grading student papers.

Minna has pedagogical qualifications, additional courses in university pedagogy and is a qualified student councellor.

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Keskustan rajattu merkitys - tapaus Tampereen keskustan liikenneosayleiskaava. (2007)
Markus Laine, Helena Leino, Minna Santaoja
A1 Journal article – refereed)

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