Arho Suominen

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Dr. Arho Suominen, Ph.D., is Principal Scientist at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Industrial professor at Tampere University (Finland). Dr. Suominen’s research focuses on qualitative and quantitative assessment of innovations systems with a special focus on data mining methods. His recent work has focused on modelling science and technology systems through large data collections using tech mining methods. He also work with novel metrics to assess innovation systems either at an societal, technological or economics level.

His prior research has been funded by the European Commission via H2020, Academy of Finland, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology, Turku University Foundation and the Fulbright Center Finland. Through the Fulbright program, he worked as Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Suominen has published work in several top level journals such as Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Science and Public Policy, Scientometrics, Journal of Systems and Software, Futures, foresight and Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. Dr. Suominen has a Doctor of Science (Tech.) degree from the University of Turku and holds an Officers basic degree from the National Defence University of Finland.

Research interests


  • Run projects of creating strategic insights from data to C-level industry clients andgovernment decision-makers.
  • Published in top-tier scientific journals on creating strategic insights from data, scenario development, using qualitative methods in foresight and on technological emer-gence.
  • Major competitive research grants and awards included, European Union H2020grant, the Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher Grant and ASLA-FulbrightResearch Grant for Junior Scholar.
  • Lecturer at university and years of experience as a public speaker in different eventsin Finland and around the world.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

EDUCATION, Doctorate, University of Turku

Award Date: 30 Nov 2011

External positions

Industry Professor, Tampere University

1 Sep 2019 → …


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