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My spatial story

The onset of the Finnish economic crisis at the beginning of 1990s provides the background to my personal spatial story.

As the army of unemployed university graduates marched around the country looking for work I decided to take an alternative path. I have always had something of an interest in foreign countries and their cultures, thus it was a natural choice for me to move abroad and continue my research work on local economic development policy, first in Germany and thereafter in Ireland. My years as a post-graduate researcher taught me a lot and provided me with numerous valuable experiences many of which were to be very useful as my career developed.