Cultural policy research in the city of Espoo

Espoo city cultural services and the city’s cultural profile are being studied in a two-year research project launched at the beginning of 2018. The research (acronym EspooCult) is being conducted by the Center for Cultural Policy Research Cupore.

Research objectives:
• Mapping the current state of cultural services in Espoo
• Evaluating the achievement and potential of the CultureEspoo 2030 strategy objectives
• Presenting conclusions and recommendations for future development of the cultural services

The research will result in a large knowledge base on Espoo’s cultural services to support the development and strategy work of the city. The conclusions of the study will include future solutions for how to integrate culture more strongly into planning the city’s future and into its residents’ daily life.

Read a concise versio of the EspooCult research plan (PDF)

Research results will be shared on Cupore's webpages and on the project website of the city of Espoo,

Enquiries regarding the research project should primarily be addressed to the project’s Research Coordinator Anna Kanerva from Cupore.

Espoo City media bulletin on EspooCult Factsheet 2 (11th Dec 2018)

Key contacts in Espoo:

Cultural Director Susanna Tommila, City of Espoo, Cultural Unit
tel. +358 43 8255074, susanna.tommila[at]

Specialist Katja Koskela, City of Espoo, Cultural Unit
tel. +358 43 8271080, katja.koskela[at]


Marjo Mäenpää
Marjo Mäenpää Director, PhD

+358 50 586 0414 Researcher profile »

Maria Hirvi-Ijäs
Maria Hirvi-Ijäs Senior Researcher

+358 50 463 5575 Researcher profile »

Anna Kanerva
Anna Kanerva Senior Researcher, MA, MSSc

+358 50 302 1414 Researcher profile »

Minna Ruusuvirta
Minna Ruusuvirta Senior Researcher

+358 50 326 8014 Researcher profile »

Sari Karttunen
Sari Karttunen Senior Researcher

+358 50 327 1414 Researcher profile »

Emmi Lahtinen (on leave)
Emmi Lahtinen (on leave) Researcher

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Olli Jakonen
Olli Jakonen Senior Researcher, D.Soc.Sc.

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Vappu Renko
Vappu Renko Researcher

+358 50 566 0360 Researcher profile »

Sirene Karri
Sirene Karri Project Researcher

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Sakarias Sokka
Sakarias Sokka Senior Researcher

+358 50 387 2728 Researcher profile »

Ari Kurlin
Ari Kurlin Researcher

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Marjatta Kuisma
Marjatta Kuisma Project Researcher

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EspooCult search project publishes research results in a comic form (comic by artist Tiina Paju) in a quarterly Espoo magazine. Published comics (in English):

Comic 4, Espoo magazine 4/2018 JPG PDF

Comic 3, Espoo magazine 3/2018 JPG PDF

Comic 2, Espoo magazine 2/2018 JPG PDF

Link to Espoo magazine:


Other key documents

Espoo City Strategy, the Espoo Story

CultureEspoo 2030 publication online (Espoo City culture programme)