The aim of the LUMINOUS RC is to investigate sustainability of northern communities through multi- and interdisciplinary research. The overall objectives of the RC are:

  • Understand and manage the impacts of stress factors on human health and well-being in the North
  • Model and follow paths of human exposure to environmental contaminants
  • Ensure equality and the realization of human capabilities through participation and education
  • Understand the complex relations between gender, identity and belonging
  • Bridge knowledge gaps between planning, design, production and use of the Northern built environment
  • Develop adaptive, smart systems, structures and solutions to minimize negative impacts and maximize benefits
  • Provide digitally enabled services and frameworks for the engagement of citizens

This unusual composition of researchers enables an integrative approach. The great opportunity is to accomplish true transdisciplinary research by integrating research and development of smart systems, structures and study of the impacts of change. We expect to increase knowledge on improved well-being in the North and move towards sustainable communities.

During 2014–2018 we aim to study what the constitutive markers of sustainability are and to develop methods to measure sustainability, particularly from the point of view of human communities. 

This 5-year period will mark the beginning of long-term cooperation to follow the development of water, energy and waste systems, the built environment, digital systems, education, transnationality and locality as components of diversity, and participatory agency. The long-term goal of the RC is to create a monitoring system and information database related to the impacts of built environment to human well-being. Long term monitoring will be key in understanding the impacts of change.

Expected short-term results:  

  • Identification of links between the life cycle of the Northern built environment and human well-being
  • Developing concepts, tools of smart solutions, systems and structures and test them in the pilot projects
  • Breaking new ground in development of a smart monitoring system for the built environment
  • Join applications to secure funding for this research cooperation
  • Dissemination of results in Journal publications and by arranging conferences, seminars and workshop

(The page cover image is a concept plan of Hanna Kosunen for the Hiukkavaara winter eco-city)

Last updated: 16.10.2013