Juha Kostiainen is the director of urban development at YIT. He is an avid advocate of urbanism, a participant in public debate, and has served various public mandates. In 2002 he completed his Ph.D. about the competetivness of urban regions. He has published several scientific articles about the development of urban regions and housing and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tampere. Kostiainen has experience in urban strategic development, communications and branding. He writes about urban issues in his blog nokkelakaupunki.fi.