Dr. Riikka Rajala is Doctor of Science (Technology, 2009), (Tampere University of Technology) specializing in Water and Wastewater Engineering. She is currently working as a researcher at University of Tampere.

Dr. Rajala’s has been Researcher and Postdoctoral researcher in UTA and in TUT since 1999 University of Johannesburg and North-West University, visiting researcher, May-July 2011 & October-December 2010 & September-October 2009.

Publications altogether: 26; Monographs and edited books: 14; Referee publications: 11.

Member of the Executive Council, International Centre for Research on Environmental Services and Governance (ICES), 2006-
Member of the the CADWES Research Team (Capacity Development in Water and Environmental Services), 1998-
Member of the International Environmental History Group (IEHG), 2003-
Editor of the Ympäristöhistoria Finnish Journal of Environmental History (YFJEH), 2011-
Member of the Organizing Committee of The 4th International Dry Toilet Conference 2012

Many conferences including IWHA 2011 & 2010, SAHS Biannuall Conference 2011, ICOHTEC 2010 & 2008.

Her key publicatoins relevant to this project include the following:

Juuti P.& Rajala R. 2011. Vinttikaivosta vesiyhtiöön. Saarijärvi. Monograph.

Rajala R. 2009. Long-Term Development Paths in Water Services – the Case of Finland. Tampere University of Technology. Publication 818. Doctoral thesis.

Juuti P., Katko T., Persson K.M. & Rajala R. 2009. Shared history of water supply and sanitation in Finland and Sweden, 1860–2000. Vatten 2009-3, pp 165-175.

Building Sustainable Water Services in Finland

Dr. Riikka Rajala concentrates on long-term water consumption in Finland. How has water use in communities changed over years? How have people experienced tap water and how have they evaluated it? What has been industry’s share of the use of municipal water? What path dependencies can be identified and described for future use? In the early 1900s, individual household water consumption was only a few liters, while in the 1970s it was in many cases much more than 200 liters. Today, it is usually less than 200 liters. What are the reasons behind this development? The growth in consumption put a lot of pressure on the city environment; compared to the earlier days when water was carried in with buckets, the introduction of water pipes to households led to a ten-fold increase in consumption. Explanations for the recent decline in consumption are likely to be local and case-specific.

Contact Information

E-mail: riikka.rajala@uta.fi
Home page: http://www.uta.fi/yky/tutkimus/historia/projektit/iehg/rajala.html