Åsa Ström Hildestrand

Åsa is Head of Communication and Outreach at Nordregio – Nordic institute for Regional Development. She has a background in regional development, governance, international co-operation and sustainability issues – from green growth to gender mainstreaming and segregation challenges, having worked at several Swedish Ministries as well as international organisations.


Mikael Kullman

Eskilstuna Energi & Miljö

Age Poom

Lecturer in environmental protection and PhD student of human geography. Age is studying how location impacts the choices and environmental costs of consumption and transportation.

Rein Ahas

University of Tartu

Rudolfs Cimdins

Riga Planning Region, Head of Spatial Planning Department. Rudolfs is PhD candidate in applied geography at the University of Latvia. His research focus on regional geography and communicative aspects in development planning processes. At the conference Rudolfs will present main strategic directions of recently elaborated Riga Planning Region Sustainable Development Strategy, urban transformation actions of Riga Metropolitan Area and collaboration issues within main stakeholders of the region.

Christian Fredricsson

Christian is a research fellow at Nordregio, specialised in urban planning processes and governance issues, as well as in sustainable integrated planning models.

David Goehring

Architect/ facilitator physical environment CHORA CONNECTION. David's expertise is in resilient urbanism and architecture. In the cross- sectoral centre CHORA CONNECTION, he is responsible for matters concerning the physical environment, using disruptive methodologies towards optimum resource management for spatial development and creating resilient societies.

Mari Jüssi

Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre. Mari Jüssi will present key findings of the transport energy saving and future scenario study prepared for the new national energy policy (ENMAK 2030+). The studies looked into the energy saving potential of more than 20 sustainable transport policy measures – from eco-driving and mobility management to road-user charges and integrated land-use planning. While many technical and fiscal measures can provide relatively quick energy saving potential, integrated land-use and transport planning act as fundamental  precursor for the success of most of the well known sustainable transport policy measures like walking, cycling and public transport. 

Gijsbert Korevaar

Delft University of Technology

Ansa Palojärvi

Natural Resources Institute Finland. Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). Ansa is Senior Scientist at Luke. Her background is in ecology and environmental sciences. She has been involved in research projects for sustainable agriculture and lifestyle, and is active in NGOs promoting sustainable lifestyle nationally and in the Baltic Sea Region.

Garri Raagmaa

University of Tartu

Mati Raamat

Tartu City Government

Stephen Read

Delft University of Technology

Kristina Reinsalu

Estonian e-Governance Academy. Kristina is currently the Head of  the e-Democracy domain at the e-Governance Academy. She has been involved in several local and international research and consultancy projects related to the use of ICT in communication of public institutions, focusing especially on e-participation and tools for implementing it on local level.

Her presentation addresses the challenges municipalities are facing today opening up their desicion making processes. The citizens of today have high expectations and demands, but also better skills and readiness to act as partners. They prefer to co-govern or co-create instead of being governed. How to deal with these challenges?  How to make desicion-making processes transparent and participative? One new way of engaging citizens directly is letting them to decide about spendings of their local government. City of Tartu and several other cities in Estonia and elsewhere have experimented with Participatory Budgeting . The focus of presentation is on challenges, choices, and lessons learned of this type of particpation/e-participation process. One additional focus of the presentation is also how to get and correspond to the feedback from citizens. 

Antti Roose

University of Tartu. Antti Roose discusses the impacts of climate change on urban areas and health in Estonia, where rapid socioeconomic transformations – processes of urban growth and shrinkage, metropolisation and peripheralisation – are shaping inter alia the resilience and the capacity to mitigate and to adapt. Uncertain cause-effect relations turn to bold objectives due to policy engineering on EU and national level instead of creative discovery, interpretive understanding and common sense at urban level. 

Tiit Tammaru

University of Tartu

Jukka Teräs

Nordregio. Jukka Teräs specialises in regional development, innovation environments, innovation promotion, technology transfer, issues related to non-metropolitan regions.

The presentation discusses circular economy and industrial symbiosis especially from the viewpoint of Nordic and Baltic countries and regions. Nordregio has recently prepared an in-depth study on the potential of Industrial Symbiosis as a key driver in Nordic regions, including interesting case studies, findings, and conclusions.