Jari Joutsenvaara

Project manager
Mine re-use, Regional Development, Funding schemes, Underground Physics, Environmental radiation, H&S

University of Oulu, Kerttu Saalasti Institute

Jari Joutsenvaara working at Callio Lab, Lab 1. Photo by W.H. Trzaska.

Jari Joutsenvaara is an experienced international project manager, currently leading Interreg BSR funded Empowering Underground Laboratory network usage. His research focuses on the post-mining reuse of mine sites and the possibility of already initiating the reuse process while the mine is still active. Understanding the mine site characteristics is a key parameter for analysing the reuse possibilities. He contributes actively to underground physics and environmental radiation characterisation and research.

He is an experienced Project Researcher and Laboratory Engineer with a decade-long history of working on various research projects. He is skilled in R&D, Health and Safety, Underground Physics, and Regional Development. Through PhD studies at the Oulu Mining School, he is now widening his skill spectrum into mine re-purposing and social licensing.

Current projects include

  • GoldenEye (H2020, project partner and trial site coordinator)
  • Nordic EPOS (Nordic Ministeriet, project partner)
  • Callio Lab – Underground research infrastructure (research coordinator)
  • Multidisciplinary International Moon Assessment Group (vice coordinator)

Past projects

  • Kaivasu (EAKR, project researcher, end phase project manager)
  • Empowering Underground Laboratory network usage (Interreg BSR, project lead)
  • Baltic Sea Underground Innovation Network (Interreg BSR, project lead)


  • European Underground Laboratories Association (chair of the board)
  • Virtual Muography Institute (global, member)
  • Arctic Planetary Science Institute (Finland, member)


  • Co-founder and board member of Muon Solutions Oy

He comments on the research, research politics and international cooperation in Twitter.

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+358 40 556 9396

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Pajatie 5

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