From measuring land to identifying prospects in land use
The department's mission "from spatial knowledge to planning and development" defines land use, broadly understood, as the focus of research. The department aims to world class research in its well-known focus areas (The corresponding focus areas of the School of Engineering in parentheses):
- geoinformatics (design and production of technical systems; arctic technology)
- land use planning (sustainable built environment)
- real estate economics (sustainable built environment).
In its research, the department focuses on significant global challenges: climate change and energy questions, globalization of markets, development of civil society and urbanization. These encourage the research groups to engage in cross-disciplinary cooperation. We are witnessing the rapid increase and urbanization of population, which leads to growth in energy consumption and climate emissions. People need spaces for dwelling and work, and these needs must be addressed sustainably, as the contribution of real estate and buildings to climate emissions is 40 percent. The globalization of markets is continuing, partly due to digitalization. These forces engender complex challenges, which require management of environmental data and strategic decision processes, with the involvement of citizens, enterprises and communities. Geoinformatics, spatial and land use planning and real estate management play central roles in these questions.
There are three research groups at the department: Geoinformatics, Real Estate Economics and the Land Use and Urban Studies Group (YTK). In addition to these, the department has the Research Institute of Measuring and Modeling for the Built Environment and the Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research.