Mika Kautonen

Adjunct Professor


Mika Kautonen, D.Sc., Adjunct Professor, is the Head of the Innovation Studies Group in TaSTI, Research Centre for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, Finland. His and his research group's research interests relates especially to the expansion of innovation activities in present-day societies, to new stakeholder groups, sectors and countries. Therefore he is also interested in innovation activities and innovation policies in developing countries. Those innovation activities are of special interest that contributes to a more sustainable society.



Researcher info


University of Tampere


Research Centre for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (TaSTI)

Contact information

+358 50 318 6116

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Research projects

  • Project date 1.6.2016
  • Head of research Mika Kautonen
  • Language n/a

The Main goal of the SmartCom consortium is to develop, test and implement a concept of Smart Community for urban Africa together with the Namibian counterparts. The Project supports the development of Smart Community concept that is a societally and environmentally sustainable approach to urban development in Africa. SmartCom goes beyond the concept development and aims to provide tools, policy design and network to foster the emergence of business and innovation ecosystem between Finland and Namibia. The concept and policy design can be scaled-up to other countries later on.


Mika Kautonen, Mika Raunio, Mika Nieminen, Veikko Ikonen, Virpi Oksman