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Projects underway at MTI

This page puts together a list of the academic research and applied RDI projects being conducted at MTI.  Projects that have already been completed are listed at the bottom of the page.


SIU, High North Programme Grant for piloting Joint Higher Education on Northern Tourism (2015–2018)
• Participating MTI staff: Outi Rantala, Mikko Vehkaperä

Eläimet ja vastuullinen matkailu: Eläinten hyvinvointi liiketoiminnan kilpailutekijäksi (Animals and responsible tourism: Promoting business competitiveness through animal welfare)
• 1.8.2016–31.7.2018
• Participating MTI staff: José-Carlos García-Rosell, Minni Haanpää, Mikko Äijälä, Tarja Salmela.

 REILA reittimerkintöjen turvallisuus, pilottialueena Lappi 2015–2018
• 1.6.2015–31.1.2018
• Participating MTI staff: Eija Raasakka, Vesa Koivumaa, Aleksi Latvala, Heidi Kaihua, Päivi Hanni-Vaara, Ari Kurtti

Arjen tuvallisuuden kansainvälinen yhteistyö
• 1.6.2015–31.12.2017
• Participating MTI staff: Niko Niemisalo, Elisa Lahti

Eläinten hyvinvointi matkailupalveluissa
• 1.1.2016–31.12.2017
• Participating MTI staff: Eija Raasakka, Outi Kähkönen, José-Carlos Garcia-Rosell, Maria Hakkarainen, Minni Haanpää, Mikko Äijälä

TILMA – Tilastoista tietopohjaa Lapin matkailun kehittämiselle
• 1.3.2016–31.12.2017
• Participating MTI staff: Pasi Satokangas, Mirva Tapaninen

Lappilaisia makuelämyksiä matkailijalle – lappilaisen lähiruoan tiedonvälityshanke
• 1.4.2016–31.12.2017
• Participating MTI staff: Milla Hirvaskari, Monika Lüthje, Maria Hakkarainen

Osallistavalla johtamisella työhyvinvointia ja turvallisuutta: Levi, Ruka ja Ylläs
• 1.1.2016–29.12.2017
• Participating MTI staff: Pekka Iivari, Aleksi Latvala, Eila Linna

Ennakoinnilla esteettömään vieraanvaraisuuteen (From Accessible Tourism to Accessible Hospitality)
• 1.8.2016–31.8.2017
• Participating MTI staff: Sanna Kyyrä, Anu Harju-Myllyaho, Salla Jutila, Minna Sipponen, Merja Vankka.
University of Lapland research portal LaCRIS, Lapland UAS pages

Jakamistalous matkailussa (Shareable tourism)
• 1.8.2016–31.8.2017
• Participating MTI staff: Maria Hakkarainen, Salla Jutila, Minni Haanpää, José-Carlos García-Rosell, Sanna Kyyrä

Learning Tourism: Creating Innovative and Permanent Methods and Practices for Multidimensional Education Collaboration - LeTo
• 1.9.2014–31.8.2017
• MTI/Lapland University of Applied Sciences is the lead partner, University of Lapland and Lapland Tourism College are partners. Participating staff: Ulla Kangasniemi, Tarja Tammia, Minni Haanpää, Satu Pekkala, Päivi Kontiokoski. International partners: NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands), University of Applied Science Kempten (Germany), Chamber of Commerce Schwaben (Germany) and Allgäu Marketing (Germany).
• For more information, visit here.

Startup Lapland
• 1.8.2016–30.6.2017
• Participating MTI staff: Anu Harju-Myllyaho
Lapland UAS pages

Hitaan ajattelun matkustavat laboratoriot
• 1.3.2016–28.2.2017
• Joint project with The Faculty of Art and Design (University of Lapland) and MTI. The director of the project is Professor Jaana Erkkilä. Participating MTI staff: Soile Veijola, Emily Höckert.

Arctic Rescue Guide
• 1.3.2016–15.2.2017
• Joint project with Lapland Safaris. Participating MTI staff: Eija Raasakka, Heidi Kaihua, Sisko Häikiö.

Lapin innovaatioassistentti
• 2015–2017
• Participating MTI staff: Elisa Lahti

UArctic, The University of the Arctic Seed Money for Thematic Networks Fundraising Capacity Building (2016)
•  Participating MTI staff: Outi Rantala

Winter: New Turns in Arctic Winter Tourism
• The project is administrated by The Norwegian Arctic University UIT / The Research Council of Norway. Participating MTI staff: Outi Rantala

Completed projects

Learning through Arctic Indigenous Tourism (preparatory project)
• 5.6.–30.11.2016
• Joint project with Umeå University, Arctic University of Norway, Leeds Beckett University, and Lakehead University (Canada). Participating MTI staff: Monika Lüthje, Emily Höckert, Outi Kugapi, Cecilia de Bernardi, Daniela Tommasini.

LUC turvallisuuden ennakoivan TKI-ohjelman rakentaminen
• 1.5.2015–30.9.2016
• Participating MTI staff: Mirva Tapaninen

COMBAT Human Trafficking
1.9.201431.8.2016
• Participating MTI staff: Niko Niemisalo

MERMAID (Identifying Risks and Opportunities for Marine Transport and Tourism in the Arctic)
• 2015–2016
• Participating staff: Niko Niemisalo, Pekka Iivari, Sanna Kyyrä

NeTour, the Network for Excellence in Tourism through Organizations and Universities in Russia 2012–2015
• The University of Lapland was leading the project working group on nature tourism. Participating staff: Maria Hakkarainen

Staying Local and Competitive - Understanding Corporate Sustainability in Norhern SMEs
• 1.8.2013–31.5.2015
• Participating staff: Markku Vieru. International partners: University of Akureyri (Iceland) and Harstad University Collage (Norway).

Assessing the regional economic impact of events
1.5.2014–30.4.2015
• Participating staff: Mirva Tapaninen, Pasi Satokangas

MTI's multidimensional service activities as a pilot for the Lapland University Consortium's innovation programme
• 1.6.2013–30.4.2015
• Participating staff: Sari Peltoniemi, Mirva Tapaninen, Päivi Kähkönen, Elisa Lahti.

European collaboration to promote well-being tourism and know-how for it
• 1.9.2011–30.9.2014
• Participating staff: Mirva Tapaninen, Salla Jutila

The impact of a visa-free North - Viva North
• 1.8.2013–31.12.2014
• Participating staff: Pasi Satokangas

What is hospitality in Lapland made of? Generosity
• 1.9.2013 - 31.12.2014
• Participating staff: Jatta Nousiainen, Maria Hakkarainen, Päivi Kähkönen, Mirva Tapaninen

Internationalising Project Development Know-How in Tourism
• 1.6.2013–31.12.2014
• Participating staff: José-Carlos García-Rosell, Minni Haanpää, Sanna Kyyrä, Teija Tekoniemi-Selkälä, Petra Paloniemi

Dream Factory – Preincubator of Tourism and Experience Prodcution
1.11.2011–30.6.2014
• Participating staff: Milla Hirvaskari, Marja Lempiäinen, Anu Harju-Myllyaho

New Sleep Order 2011–2013
Participating staff: Outi Rantala

BART – Public-Private Partnership in Barents Tourism 2007–2013
• Participating staff: Mari Vähäkuopus, Maria Hakkarainen, José-Carlos García-Rosell, Teija Tekoniemi-Selkälä, Petra Paloniemi, Heli Ilola

Tourist Destination Development: Place Making and Work Performances in Arctic Networking Societies 2011–2012
• Participating staff:Outi Rantala

Learning tourism, Phase I 20102012
• Learning tourism, Phase I was a project relating to development of MTI’s own teaching. Participants included a number of representatives from MTI, the University of Lapland and Rovaniemi UAS. The project collaborated with the project Tourism Rainbow (a corresponding project at secondary/vocational level).

Service Quality Communication in the Emergency Department Waiting Rooms of Four New South Wales Hospitals 2010–2012
• Participating staff: Johan Edelheim

Acapella Village  Designing Future Tourist Communities for Transforming Societies  2011–2012
• Professor Soile Veijola directed the project planning

The Significance of Tourism and Recreational Use in the Environment And Business Life of the Rural North 2007–2011
• The project was part of the Finnish Forest Research Institute’s "Well-being from the Forest" research programme, directed by Professor Liisa Tyrväinen. Maria Hakkarainen and Outi Rantala were involved as project researchers.

Integrated Product Development in Tourism 2008–2011
• Participating staff: Minni Haanpää, José-Carlos García-Rosell, Mika Kylänen, Teija Tekoniemi-Selkälä

Tourism as Work 2006–2009
• Professor Soile Veijola worked as a project director. Minni Haanpää, Maria Hakkarainen and Outi Rantala were members of the project research group.

Tourism Safety and Security projects
• A safety system for tourism in Lapland - training, network and foresight
• A safety system for tourism in Lapland - research and development network
• A safety system for tourism in Lapland - know-how and service structures

The following completed projects have examined the benefits of using information supporting the tourism sector
• Tourism information as a factor in competitiveness in the sector - the popularisation of tourism information
• Integrated product development in tourism 2008–2011
• Foresight for competitiveness in tourism in Lapland
• eLVA - Improving know-how in e-business
• National foresight network and collection of foresight information for tourism

The project outcomes have been integrated into MTI's work