Ossi Kotavaara

PhD, Adjunct Professor (The title of Docent)
Research Director, Regional Excellence (REx)
Geoinformatics, regional science, transport geography, economic geography

University of Oulu, Kerttu Saalasti Institute

The strength of spatial analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is in their ability to reveal and simplify complex and extensive phenomena to understandable and manageable forms. My GIS based research covers the fields of geoinformatics, regional science, population and economic geographies, and transport geography. The analytical basis of my work is in applying and developing GIS methods for exploring, planning and optimising processes and structures in geographic context. My GIS analytical experience consists of four main fields: 1) network based accessibility analyses and method development in this field, 2) spatial-statistical/geo-spatial big data and modelling 3) map production 4) large GIS computations and 5) Mixed use of geo-spatial and qualitative approaches, even more powerful composition is formed to tackle problems in dynamic society.

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Responsible leader of Callio Lab / ProGIS ry Board member / The management group of the Kerttu Saalasti Institute

Research interests

  • Geoinformatics, regional science, transport geography, economic geography

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Contact information



Phone number

+358 (0) 29 448 7852

Visiting address

Linnanmaan Campus FY 261 & Nivala Campus

Postal address

Kerttu Saalasti Institute
Regional excellence
Ossi Kotavaara
Biologintie 8 1F, 90014, Oulun yliopisto
(or Pajatie 5, 85500 Nivala)