Anne Haila

Doctor Anne Haila is Academy Professor and Professor of Urban Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland. From 1994 to 1996 she was Senior Fellow at Faculty of Architecture and Building, National University of Singapore. In recent years, her research has focussed on property rights, property markets and the role of state intervention in regulating property market. Cases of her research have been particularly Singapore, Finland, China and Hong Kong.  Among her publications are: Urban Land Rent: Singapore as a Property State. Wiley Blackwell 2016. The market as the new emperor. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 2007. Real estate in global cities: Singapore and Hong Kong as property states. Urban Studies 2000. Four types of investment in land and property. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 1991.

Mika Hyötyläinen

Hello! I’m Mika, a researcher working at the University of Helsinki. My doctoral thesis, Divided by Policy: Urban Inequality in Finland, investigates the roles of land and housing policies in the inequalities of Finnish cities. My scholarly interests reside in the realm of critical urban studies. Gentrification, territorial stigmatization, urban commons and land and housing policies are some of the topics I explore. You can get in touch with me via e-mail:

Haoxuan Sa

Haoxuan Sa is a researcher in Urban Studies, Faculty of Social Science, University of Helsinki. She got her Master of Social Science from University of Helsinki, and Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics from Xiamen University, China. Before she moved to Finland, She worked as an editor in CCTV. Her research interests are property rights, land questions and redevelopment of urban villages in Chinese cities.

Chaitawat Boonjubun

Chaitawat is a researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland. His research focuses on land and property rights, religious land and street vending. Chaitawat had worked as a programme officer for UNIFEM and UN Women East and Southeast Asia on gender equality, women’s legal and economic empowerment, and women’s migration programmes. He graduated from Thammasat University, Thailand with a Bachelor degree in International Affairs. He holds a Master in Cultures and Development Studies from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium and a Master of Science in Gender from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK. Chaitawat is the author of Conflicts over streets: The eviction of Bangkok street vendors, Cities 2017.


Tauran is a researcher in urban studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. His research focuses on urban kampung, community engagement and adequate housing. He is interested in exploring the agency of urban poor community, recognising their strategies, and their strength and weakness in the structural context of urban development. He got his master’s degree in social sciences from Universiti Sains Malaysia and Bachelor’s in public administration from Brawijaya University, Indonesia.


Sefer Kahraman

Sefer is a researcher in Urban Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. His thesis discusses urban transit transformations in Chiang Mai, Thailand. His education in comparative urban studies focuses on the land question and the scholarly discussion around Southeast Asia. His interests include different property ownership understandings and practices based on cultural values, religion and language in the Global South.

Bokyong Shin

Bokyong is a researcher in Urban Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland. Bokyong is interested in emerging phenomena of network governance especially in the context of urban and regional planning where multiple stakeholders, who have different interests, resources, and power, are incorporated into the collective decision-making process. Based on a collaborative planning approach, he focuses on assessing the democratic quality of governance processes and institutional capacity-building in empirical cases of community regeneration in Korea and Finland. Regarding the development of methodology, Bokyong is interested in integrating social network analysis including statistical network analysis into the rich tradition of qualitative planning methods.