Marika Kettunen

Marika Kettunen

FM, MSc.

Doctoral researcher
Regional development and policy


I am a doctoral student at the Geography Research Unit. My doctoral research focuses on political geographies of youth and education.

My current research interests include also tourism, its relation to regional and urban development, especially local participation through community-based approaches. 

MSc in Geography (University of Oulu)
MSc in Tourism and Regional planning (Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in Germany)


Research interests

  • human geography
  • political geography
  • education in the age of knowledge-based society
  • spatial justice
  • regional development and regional policy
  • tourism and regional development
  • youth studies
  • rural studies

Social media

Professional and community activities

  • Vice president of the Society for Regional and Environmental Studies (AYS) 2020
  • Member of the Society for Regional and Environmental Studies (AYS) directorate 2018–

Research groups

  • Regional Development and Regional Policy
  • Geography Research Unit