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Eija Meriläinen

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Eija Meriläinen
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About Eija Meriläinen

Eija is a post-doctoral researcher at the Human Geography group. Her research centers on disasters and crises, from headline-making events to the impacts of everyday inequalities. She is particularly interested in how contemporary urbanization patterns weave in with the capitalist political-economic system to produce economic and spatial inequalities – and ultimately, also disasters.


Eija’s most recent research project, “Making home in the mono-industrial urban region” studies how investment and divestment decisions of the local core industry impact the housing situations of the region’s inhabitants. The first case study is in Northern Finland, but the project is likely to be expanded to Bergslagen in Sweden. In addition to this project, Eija continues working on other topics, such as the role of nature in disaster governance.


Regionally, Eija’s current focus is on Nordic countries, but her doctoral dissertation focused on an urban-forestal fire in Valparaíso, Chile. Framings and critiques stemming from Latin American scholarly debates, such as those on informality and rights of nature, continue to interest her.


Prior to joining Örebro University, Eija worked at the University College London in the United Kingdom, at the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction. Her doctoral thesis on urban disaster governance from Hanken School of Economics in Finland.


Eija is involved in teaching at the Economic Geography I and Geography of Sweden courses. She also coordinates the Human Geography groups’ academic seminars.