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Research and development

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.

SOCENT SPA - Social Entrepreneurship in Sparsely Populated Areas
• 1.1.2017–30.6.2021
• Participating MTI staff: Marlene Kohllechner-Autto, Anu Harju-Myllyaho ja Eila Linna

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.

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

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

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