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Tutkimusosuuskunta Tapaus
the first research
cooperative in Finland.

Research and expert services
Knowledge and new solutions

Our Services

Research cooperative Tapaus offers research and expert services.

We have skills to understand and reconcile different views of different actors.
We specialize in qualitative research methods, such as interviews.
Qualitative methods provide a deeper understanding of the issue at hand.
Our projects are always tailored case-specifically to the needs of the customers.

In fact, our name ”Tapaus” means case.

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Examples of Our Projects

Research on the visitor views on conservation information in the Helsinki (Korkeasaari) zoo starting in 2016. Helsinki zoo, Helsinki, Finland

Conservation of moor frogs – new conservation methods. Keliber Oy in Kaustinen, Finland

New kind of ecosystem services survey. Multisilta planning, City of Tampere, Finland

Facilitating a meeting with researchers and experts from different backgrounds. Tampere University of Technology, Finland

Qualitative research (interviews) on the work of the members of the Finnish network of ”renovation councillors”
(korjausneuvojaverkosto). Ministry of the Environment, Finland

Online survey and a literature review on the use of resident’s barometer survey results. Ministry of the Environment, Finland

We also received a project grant from Maj & Tor Nessling foundation for 2016-2017.
In the project we provide information on the possibilities of biodiversity enhancement in the parks and gardens in Finland.

Who we are

Tutkimusosuuskunta Tapaus is the first (and to our knowledge the only) research cooperative in Finland.
It was founded to bring the newest research results and ideas to practice and to have a feedback from practice to research.

The cooperative was founded in Tampere, Finland  in November 2013.
There were eight founding members and most of us have a doctoral degree
in Administrative Sciences (environmental policy or regional studies) from the University of Tampere.

At the moment we have 14 members:

Eveliina Asikainen, Dr. Sc. (Admin.) is a senior lecturer at TAMK.
Expertise: urban nature, workshop methods, walking methods

Jarkko Bamberg, Dr.Sc. (Admin.) is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University
Expertise: trail running, urban planning and collaborative GIS-systems

Vuokko Laukka, D.Sc. (Tech.)
Expertise: collaborative planning, managed aquifer recharge, water services

Pauliina Lehtonen, Dr. Soc.
Expertise: Participatory budgeting, urban planning, action methods, communication

Susanna Myllylä

Jere Nieminen, Dr. Sc. (Admin.) is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University
Expertise: active nature conservation, collaborative land use planning, wildlife control

Nina V. Nygren, Dr. Sc. (Admin.) is the president of the board of directors of the cooperative.
Expertise: land use planning, new nature conservation solutions, collaborative nature conservation, ecological compensation.

Erkki-Jussi Nylén

Sanna Ojalammi, PhD (geography), is a researcher specialized in conflict management,
land disputes and large predators

Viktor Pál, PhD (environmental history) is a postdoctoral researcher funded by the KONE Foundation. His first book Technology and the Environment in State-socialist Hungary: An Economic History was published in 2017.
Expertise: Environmental history, authoritarian regimes, recycling

Tero Piirainen, M.Sc. (engineering) is the vice president of the board of directors of the cooperative.
Expertise: nature conservation, insects, urban nature, GIS, information systems and software development.

Timo Poutiainen, Dr. Sc. (Admin.). 
Expertise: regional development, program evaluations, village planning, interviews.

Julia Prusi
Expertise: advertising, illustrations, graphics design.

Jarmo Saarikivi, PhD, (ecology) and M.Sc. (food science), is a teacher and researcher at the urban ecology research group of the University of Helsinki.
Expertise: Urban ecology, nature conservation, herpetology.

Contact us!


What we do

With the skill, expertise and motivation of a researcher


New knowledge and understanding
Better interaction and collaboration
New ideas and solutions stemming from research


Qualitative analysis
Theme interviews
Walking interviews
Qualitative analysis of GIS data
Literature reviews
Dialogue workshops
Media analysis
Focus groups

Special expertise

Qualitative research methods
Research projects tailored case-by-case
Analysis of possibilities in even in conflict sensitive situations and cases
Gathering and analysis of experiential knowledge


Urban planning
Land use planning
Nature, especially new conservation solutions
Ecosystem services
Other environmental issues
Regional development

Contact information

Tutkimusosuuskunta Tapaus
Research cooperative

p. +358-(0)40-563 64 72

Business ID (Y-tunnus): 2581851-1

Mail: c/o Vuokko Laukka
Kuuselankuja 6
33900 Tampere

The board of directors:

President Nina V. Nygren
Secretary Susanna Myllylä
Vice President Tero Piirainen

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