In the study information is acquired about the state and regional segregation of certain suburbs of Lahti and Lappeenranta and also how segregation could be relieved in connection especially with the life of the young people in the residential areas. The co-creation is made using the multivoiced approach directly with the young people and experts who are directly or indirectly in touch with them.

Conceptually it is concentrated on the subjective wellbeing of the young people who live in the suburb, in the voluntary sense of community, an institutional confidence and wellbeing learning, which takes place in many kinds of places and premises in the study. In the development is utilized service design connected to gamification methods and methods of the applied theatre as well as community management.


In the study, it is leaned on mixed methods research: it is acquired and analyzed many kinds of materials (for example city ethnography, inquiries) which benefit the study. In the study the following questions are answered:

1. How different suburbs should be developed so that they would increase the experienced wellbeing of the young people and would reduce segregation?

2. What kind of positions the young people take in their suburb and what kind of significance the institutional confidence has for constructing the positions?

3. What kind of operations model does support the participation and activity of the young people in the suburb?


The research provides new information on the subjective wellbeing of young residents and their learning of the subject, as well as living environments that produce wellbeing, including various facilities and places.

The goal is to create guidelines to help develop different urban neighborhoods in a way, that serves the wellbeing of residents as well as possible and that prevents youth exclusion by strengthening inclusion.

The management of the research cities will be included in the development in order to create a viable model to support youth wellbeing and evaluate youth impact. The research data is transferable to similar contexts in other cities and can be used in the development of similar regions.

Read the project’s privacy statement here (only in Finnish).

More information

Jaana Poikolainen
Research manager, KT
+358 44 702 8832

Jarmo Rinne
Researcher, YTT
+358 44 590 0300

Aki Lintumäki
RDI-expert, TaM
+358 40 571 6685

Youth Research and Development Centre Juvenia
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences – Xamk
Paraatikenttä 7, 45100 Kouvola

Research project’s blog


(Only in Finnish)


Participation and activity of young people in the suburb

1 January 2021 – 31 December 2022

Project partners

Lead partner: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences - Xamk

Other partners: The city of Lahti, the city of Lappeenranta

Focus areas: Sustainable wellbeing
Xamk Research Units: Juvenia


Total budget: € 335 476

Financiers and main source of funding: Ympäristöministeriö, Lähiöohjelma. 2020–2022 – hyvinvointia ja elinvoimaa. Avustushakua organisoi Asumisen rahoitus- ja kehittämiskeskus ARA

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