Sustainable Societies


Sustainable Societies

In the focus are of Sustainable Societies, we combine the expertise of Savonia UAS’ five educational fields to strengthen research, development and innovation work (RDI) that transcends North Savo’s industries. Our area of ​​strength covers RDI activities in the cultural and creative sectors, business, tourism and catering, as well as the construction and social sectors.

As global challenges, Savonia’s actions are guided by the global action for sustainable development agreed at the UN in 2015 and the corresponding sustainable development goals (Agenda 2030), as well as Human Security. In addition, each focus area has challenges typical of its own operations and missions related to solving them.

The Sustainable Societies focuses its activities especially on agenda goals 8 (Decent work and economic growth), 11 (Sustainable cities and communities), 12 (Responsible consumption) and 13 (Climate action).

Our key partners are the identified business ecosystems of Pohjois-Savo with their own partner networks. We implement national and international projects in which we develop new innovations and new business as well as renew expertise. Our expertise includes e.g.:

  • Business development
  • Management and supervisory work
  • Internationalization
  • Service and product development
  • Sales

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RD Manager
Kaija Villman
+358 44 785 6840

Research Manager
Tuomo Eskelinen
+358 44 7856613

RDI Team Leader
Raisa Leinonen
+358 44 7855 833

Sustainable Societies’ RDI Articles

Examples of our ongoing projects:


The project develops technological and methodological solutions for recycling food waste from the food industry into local bio-based soil conditioners to improve soil health.

More information from:
Project Manager Tuomo Eskelinen,
044 785 6613,

Universities for Sustainable Development

The project aims to achieve the goals of sustainable development by digitizing the implementation of Agenda 2030 in the universities belonging to the consortium. The coordinator of the project is Universidad Pablo de Olavide (ES).

More information from:
Project Manager Anni Kesänen
+358 44 785 6939,

Digital Routes Northern Savo

The project’s measures promote the digitalization of tourism and the ability of SMEs to meet the challenges of digitized tourism.

Future DiverCities2

The project’s spotlight is on city-oriented art and cultural activities, which try out new uses for empty spaces in cities and encourage resident-based development of urban culture.​ Nine European cities are involved in the experiments. ​

Innovation Laboratories for Climate Actions

Innovation Laboratories for Climate Actions jointly develops the innovation capacity of universities and research institutes in an international project.

Comprehensive assessment of climate measures in catchments – with system analysis towards carbon-neutral land use (“SysteemiHiili”)

The main goal is to improve methodological capabilities and understanding of the impact chains and overall effects of land use changes, as well as to support the introduction of climate-wise, sustainable and cost-effective solutions at the national, regional, drainage area level and at local levels.


HiiliAurinko creates an operating model and calculation tools especially for the assessment of the carbon footprint of SMEs and the optimization of the solar electricity system.

More information from:
Project Manager Jari Niemelä,
+358 44 785 5753,

BoostECO – Building Future-proof Ecosystems

The goal of the project is the user-based joint development of North Savo’s ecosystems and cluster cooperation.

With knowledge and skill towards climate-smart land use

The main objective of the project is to enhance various stakeholders’ knowledge in the land use sector regarding climate-smart and sustainable solutions and plans. Additionally, the project aims to improve the capabilities for planning and implementing solutions in agriculture, forestry, and the continued use of peat production areas. The project is carried out by Savonia University of Applied Sciences, the Finnish Environment Institute (Syke), the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), and the University of Eastern Finland.

More information from:
Project Manager Miika Kajanus, +358 44 785 6812,

Climate Crisis – Regional Adaptation to Climate Change

The project focuses on promoting adaptation to climate change, preventing risks, and enhancing disaster preparedness and resilience. The specific objective is to seek proactive preparedness for the impacts of climate change, anticipate and mitigate negative effects, and seize opportunities created by positive impacts.

Ecosystem Building

Survey for organizations involved and interested in game development, gaming and gaming activities. The main aim of the project is to evaluate the level of interest in developing the gaming industry and gamification ecosystems in rural regions, as part of The Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme.

W2W – Waste2Worth

W2W’s overall objective is to improve the quality & relevance of VET offerings so that Food & agri-food SMEs are better equipped/skilled in food waste management & that through awareness waste streams become a critical action point in the fight against climate change & aid in the development of circular & bioeconomies in Europe while concurrently creating economic resilient communities.

More information from:
Project Manager
Anna-Maria Saarela,
+358 44 785 535,