The head of the IEHG is historian and Adjunct Professor/Docent in Finnish History (in University of Turku, Finland), Adjunct Professor in Environmental History
(in University of Tampere, UTA, Finland), and in History of Technology (in University of Oulu, Finland). He is currently working in Tampere University of Technology (Research Manager / Civil Engineering 1.9.2016-) . Previously he has acted as Head of Publications (2014-15, UTA), Visiting Professor in North-West University (2011, 2012, 2016) and University of Johannesburg (2007, 2009, 2010, 2013), South Africa, Senior researcher in WaterTime -project funded by European Comission, Assistant Professor (2002-2004) and earlier as researcher in University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology and Ministry of the Interior and has also worked in business life. His major area of interest is environmental history, especially the interaction between the society and the nature has been in the focus in his research projects. He is also interested in social history, water history, urban environment, city-service development, urban technology, pollution, public policy, political history, development studies, and economic history. He is the author or co author of more than 30 referee articles and over 30 books, few latest ones are Valkea kaupunki, mustat vedet (2015) Water Services Management and Governance. Lessons for a Sustainable Future (2013), Metropoli ja meri (2010), Brief History of Wells and Toilets (2005), Water, Time and European Cities (2005), Environmental History of Water (2007), etc. He has been granted four international and two national awards. He is also an extraordinary professor in the North-West University, South Africa and member of the executive council of International Water History Association, IWHA (2009-). Hobbies: reading, marathon running (PB 3:12), hiking, movies, travelling.