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

Mine closure does not necessarily mean the end of life. Mine reuse for science, businesses and culture can mitigate the effects of the mine closure, and be the new beginning.

Jari Joutsenvaara

Jari Joutsenvaara


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


Jari Joutsenvaara is a project content manager for the Baltic Sea Underground Innovation Network. The project aims to make the underground laboratories in the Baltic Sea region more accessible for innovation, business development and science by improving the information about the underground laboratories, the operation, user experiences and safety Stakeholders of the project involve underground laboratories, universities and research institutes, businesses and regional societies. His research focuses on the mine re-use, underground working environment and health and safety issues, especially related to natural background radiation.

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

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

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