John Harrison is Reader in Human Geography at Loughborough University, UK, and an Associate Director of the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) research network. He is a regional geographer interested in the conceptualisation of regions, and his recent publications have focused on urban-regional planning and governance. He is co-editor of Planning and Governance of Cities in Globalization (2013 with Kathy Pain), Megaregions: Globalization’s New Urban Form? (2015 with Michael Hoyler), Doing Global Urban Research (2018 with Michael Hoyler) and the Edward Elgar Handbook on the Geographies of Regions and Territories (with Anssi Paasi and Martin Jones). Since 2014 he has edited the Urban and Regional Horizons section of the journal Regional Studies.
Kjell Nilsson is director of Nordregio, a research institute under the Nordic Council of Ministers. He has also been Head of the Division of Parks and Urban Landscape and Deputy Director of the Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning at the Danish Ministry for the Environment and University of Copenhagen, where he still is Affiliated Professor in Green Infastructure Planning and Management.
Since 1995, Kjell Nilsson has lead interdisciplinary landscape research projects both nationally and internationally. “Boundaries in the Landscape” under the Danish research programme “Man, Landscape and Biodiversity”, “The Landscape as a Resource for Health and Sustainable Development in the Sound Region” and PLUREL (Peri-urban Land Use Relationships – Strategies and Sustainability Impact Assessment Tools for Urban-rural Linkages) – an integrated project under the 6th EU Framework Program, are examples of this.
A second focus of Kjell Nilsson’s research activities is on Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. From 1997 to 2001 he was chairman of COST Action E12 “Urban Forests and Trees” and from 2004 to 2008 he was chairman of COST Action, E39 “Forests, Trees and Human Health and Well-being”. He has contributed actively to the development of urban greening as a concept for environmental assistance in Eastern Europe and emerging economies like Malaysia, China and South Africa.
Currently, Kjell Nilsson is primarily focused on urban and rural development in the Nordic Region. State of the Nordic Region, a biannual status regarding demography, labour market and economic growth at regional and local level is an example of this. Other topics that concern his interest are the development of remote, sparsely populated areas in the Arctic and Nordic sustainable cities as a solution to global urbanisation challenges.
Tuuli Toivonen is a tenure track professor of geoinformatics at Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Helsinki and leads the multidisciplinary Digital Geography Lab at the Department of Geosciences and Geography. Her research explores the possibilities of using novel (big/open) data sources and spatial analyses for supporting environmental and sustainable land use planning and decision-making. Tuuli has studied both urban systems and more natural environments at various scales from global to local. Together with the team, she has developed and applied a wide range of methods for analyzing spatial patterns and processes related to accessibility and mobility, as well as biodiversity conservation, utilizing data from social media and mobile phone data in addition to more traditional data sources. Her research benefits from methods from a variety of fields and often involves interdisciplinary collaborations.
Tuuli has been teaching geoinformatics at the university level for more than 20 years and participates actively in the societal processes in the field. She is a great fan of open data and open science and interested in the implications of openness to education, research and society.