Elina Alatalo is an architect and doctoral researcher in Environmental Policy of Tampere University, Finland. Her recent research has concentrated on new forms of urban activism, getting vacant spaces back into use and developing sustainable urban neighbourhoods. She is specialized in creating experiments with citizens. Currently she teaches in and coordinates Climate University (https://climateuniversity.fi/) in Tampere that offers multidisciplinary courses for those who want to make the sustainability transition in the society real. She is a co-founder of Insurgent Spatial Practices -collective (https://research.tuni.fi/insurgentspatialpractices/) that explores the valuable knowledge that alternative cultures develop, for example by combining methods from art and research.