Sustainability at the University of Oulu

The University of Oulu is committed in its values to act responsibly towards the society and the environment, to seek solutions for the sustainable use of resources of the planet and to make ecologically responsible choices in its own actions. We work with an arctic attitude and tackling climate change is the vital condition for the preservation of the arctic area. We promote sustainable development through education, research, societal interaction and campus development.

Research for more sustainable world

At the University of Oulu, topics related to sustainable development are being researched from diverse points of view. Environmental sustainability is being researched in many projects in collaboration with Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) and Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).

Our research strengths are around

  • sustainable and responsible use of natural resources,
  • bio and circular economy,
  • the effect of environmental factors on human health,
  • research on the changing environment at the Arctic and Subarctic climate and  
  • the effects of globalization and environmental change on human interaction and societies.

Socially sustainable university community

The entire staff of the university has the opportunity to influence the sustainability of the university. The Sustainable Development Advisory Board of the University of Oulu is a forum for discussion open to all members of the university community to present sustainability and accountability initiatives for consideration by the Sustainable Development Working Group.

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Social sustainability is taken into account in the University's operations, and the University has a gender equality and equal opportunities plan. Equality work is visibly carried out by Equality contact persons, working groups and the Equality Opportunities Committee.

Sustainable campuses

At two of our campuses, Linnanmaa and Kontinkangas, sustainable development is taken into account by improving the energy efficiency of the facilities, encouraging staff and students to cycle, and paying attention to the environmental aspect in procurement.

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Fair trade coffee served in meetings

Shared responsibility for a sustainable future

The University of Oulu cooperates with national and international networks weighting on sustainable development and social responsibility.

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