Professor Ulla Tapaninen

I live in Helsinki and have worked as Tenured Associate Professor of Maritime Transport at Tallinn University of Technology since May 2021. I blog about maritime transport, ports and, of course, Helsinki and Tallinn.


Ulla Pirita Tapaninen, born in Helsinki, 1969

Doctor of Science (Technology), Helsinki University of Technology, 1997

Adjunct Professor, maritime economics and logistics, University of Turku, 2010

Shipping industry experience

Finnlines, development manager, environmental manager, 1996 – 2006

ESL Shipping, board member, 2012 – present

Higher education experience

Helsinki University of Technology, 1992 – 1996

Cranfield University, 1994  – 1995

International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, Austria, 1996

University of Turku, Centre for Maritime Studies (CMS), Department of Geography and Kotka Maritime Research Centre, 2006 – 2012

Tallinn University of Technology, Estonian Maritime Academy, 2021 – present

Public sector experience

City of Helsinki, City Planning Department and Enterprise Services, 2012 – 2021

Positions of trust

CHNL (Centre for High North Logistics), Nord University, board member, 2017 – present

SeaFocus International, member of the supervisory board, 2020 – present

Finnish Logistics Forum (LOGY), chair, 2007 – 2018

ITS-Finland, network of smart traffic, board member, 2019 – 2021

Cable Factory, board member, 2019 – 2021

Museum of Finnish Architecture, board member, 2020

Several assignments such as evaluation of EU/CEF projects, assessment of professors and researchers, member of prize committees (including Hyperloop One Global Challenger and SeaFocus), member of state traffic projects steering group, and preliminary examination of scientific and conference papers.


Maritime Transport

Merenkulun logistiikka

Logistiikka ja liikennejärjestelmät