Jaana Jarva

Senior Scientist

  • Institution Geological Survey of Finland

Jaana Jarva is a senior scientist in environmental geology at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK). She holds a PhD in geology from the University of Turku, Finland. She is specialized in the fields of environmental and urban geology, geochemistry, land use planning, geological risk assessment and climate change adaptation. She has worked as a project manager in several European research and regional development projects, as well as in national and international research and consulting assignments. She is currently acting as a project manager of four international projects on hydrogeology, climate change adaptation and environmental impact assessment. She holds IPMA Level C certificate.

Adrian Monge Monge

Project leader

  • Institution University of Helsinki, Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI)
  • Department/faculty Department of Forest Sciences

Jarkko Saarinen


  • Institution University of Oulu
  • Department/faculty Geography

Jarkko Saarinen is a Professor of Geography at the University of Oulu, Finland, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor (Sustainability Management) at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. His research interests include tourism and development, sustainability in tourism, climate change adaptation, tourism-community relations and nature conservation studies. He is Editor for the Tourism Geographies and Associate Editor for the Annals of Tourism Research. His recent publications include edited/co-edited books: Resilient Destinations (Routledge, 2019) and Tourism, Change and the Global South (Routledge, 2021).

Happy Tirivangasi

Doctoral Researcher

  • Institution University of Jyvaskyla
  • Department/faculty Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy

Happy Tirivangasi holds a Master of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Limpopo in South Africa. He graduated with distinction, Master of Science in Governance and Development from the Institute of Development Policy (IOB) at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. He has six years of research experience in southern Africa. Happy has published more than 60 research articles, which consist of nine (9) book chapters (published by Springer, Palgrave Macmillan, and Rowman & Littlefield), forty-nine (49) journal articles (published in peer-reviewed journals accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) list), and three (3) conference proceedings. In 2022, Happy served as a member of two scientific committees for two international conferences, namely, the 14th Southern African-Nordic Centre international conference (December 4–6, 2022) and the 1st Southern African Mountain Conference (March 14–17, 2022). Mr. Tirivangasi is currently a research associate at the University of Limpopo (Department of Research Administration and Development) and a Ph.D. researcher at the University of Jyväskylä. His research interest lies in political and environmental sociology.