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Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of TampereFaculty of Social Sciences
Research Center for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies TaSTI

Mr. Mika KautonenMK-2012-b.jpg

Education: D.Sc. (Regional Studies, UTA 2006) 

Position: University Researcher, Head of the Innovation Studies Group in TaSTI

Adjunct Professor, University of Turku, Turku School of Economics

Current research projects:

Research programme 'Evolving Innovation Environments' (coordinated by Mika Kautonen and Mika Raunio); see the projects:

Research interests: Innovation in society; Social environments of innovation; Innovation (eco-)systems; Inclusiveness in innovation activities; Policies and practices of innovation; New forms of innovation and open innovation platforms; Knowledge-intensive services; Innovation and development.

Mika’s current research activities are particularly related to the Unit's new research program on Evolving innovation systems (2010-2020). Within this program, he studies the changes occurring in modes and organization of innovation activities (e.g. service and open innovations, inclusive innovation, innovation communities) which often combine both close geographical proximity and access to worldwide sources of ideas and competences. His long-term interests are related to, on the one hand, those effects that different innovation systems and their institutions have on innovation activities, and, on the other hand, those major effects innovation activities have on innovation systems (regional, national etc.) and on societies at large. He applies both quantitative and qualitative methods in his research.

Mika has approximately one hundred publications ranging from international peer-reviewed journal articles (in e.g. Regional Studies, European Planning Studies, Service Industries Journal, Innovation and Development) to EU FP research reports further to consulting reports for e.g. Finnish government, local governments or private companies. He has given presentations and lectures in a number of countries. His mission is to combine research to social impact through, for example, participatory action research and extensive collaboration with public and private organizations as partners.

Main educational activities:
Member of the Globelics Academy, Local Organizing Committee (co-coordinator) 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017, ...
Member of the Scientific Board, European Ph.D. Programme in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies, coordinated by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2009-

Currently, supervision of four doctoral theses: Antti Alaja, Jukka Hyvönen, Ilari Lindy, and Nadja Nordling,

E-mail: mika.kautonen [at]
Mobile phone: +358 50 318 6116, +358 (0)40 551 9282

Skype: mika_kautonen

Office: Kanslerinrinne 1, 3rd floor, TaSTI, Pinni B3005

For publications, please see: (please go to 'Search experts and units' -> 'Kautonen')

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