Dr. Helka Kalliomäki works as an Associate Professor (tenure track) in innovation policy at the School of Management/regional studies and at the research platform on innovation and entrepreneurship Innolab at the University of Vaasa. She received her PhD degree in human geography in 2012 from the University of Turku, and has a strong track-record in managing and building challenge driven multidisciplinary research projects engaging stakeholders from public and private sector, nationally and internationally. Her research expertise is especially related to strategic urban development, innovation policy and innovation environments, and the societal impact of research. One of her most recent publications in Research Evaluation deals with productive interactions in urban research collaboration. Her ongoing projects include ELVIS – Evolving innovation space, RDI policies and impact evaluation (Business Finland, 2020-2022), and FAIR – Finding innovations to Accelerate Implementation of electric Regional aviation (ERDF/Interreg Botnia-Atlantica, 2020-2022).