Susanna Lehvävirta


Description of research and teaching

I run interdisciplinary research projects concerning urban nature, socio-ecological systems related to it, and nature conservation under climate change. My background is in plant ecology, but I have grown to think holistically – systems thinking is needed in order to successfully bring the findings of science into practice. For example, decaying logs might be good for biodiversity and green roofs might be beneficial in cities, but both can proliferate only if they can be seen as visually appealing, safe, affordable and otherwise acceptable.

My research covers plant and invertebrate ecology, horticulture, soil microbes, environmental aesthetics, user perspectives, recreational psychology, jurisprudential perspectives, life cycle analyses, economy, geography and philosophy, this far. More perspectives are welcome whenever they seem to be interesting or necessary. I am at home with both theoretical and empirical thinking and research, as well as with both quantitative and qualitative methods. This is not to say that I am an expert in everything, but my expertise lies in connecting things and asking key questions to help focus on the right things.


Latest publications

  1. Do small green roofs have the possibility to offer recreational and experiential benefits in a dense urban area? A case study in Helsinki, Finland

    Mesimäki, M. H., Hauru, K. M. & Lehvävirta, S., 2019, In : Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 40, p. 114-124 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Species-specific synergistic effects of two plant growth-Promoting microbes on green roof plant biomass and photosynthetic efficiency

    Xie, L., Lehvävirta, S., Timonen, S., Kasurinen, J., Niemikapee, J. & Valkonen, J. P. T., 31 Dec 2018, In : PLoS One. 13, 12, 16 p., 0209432.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Where are the hotspots and coldspots of landscape values, visitor use and biodiversity in an urban forest?

    Korpilo, S., Jalkanen, J., Virtanen, T. & Lehvävirta, S., 26 Sep 2018, In : PLoS One. 13, 9, 19 p., 0203611.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Unknown Person

    Susanna Lehvävirta (Host)
    15 Jan 201414 Jul 2014

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

  2. City of Helsinki (External organisation)

    Susanna Lehvävirta (Chair)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in public Finnish or international organization

  3. Green constructors association in Finland VAR (External organisation)

    Susanna Lehvävirta (Expert member)
    2014 → …

    Activity: Membership typesOther tasks of an expert in private sector

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