Mimmu Rankanen

Mimmu Rankanen

Dr. Mimmu Rankanen has worked in the field of art education since 2000 in various positions, such as the full-time lecturer of art, health and well-being. Currently she works as a part-time lecturer teaching pedagogical interaction skills and courses related to socio-emotional and therapeutic effects of art in the context of art education. Her research interests include intrapersonal and interpersonal learning and development in the contexts...

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Camilla Groth

Camilla Groth

Throwing clay blindfolded. Video-clip from research data. By Camilla Groth. Camilla Groth defended her dissertation “Making sense through hands: Design and craft practice analysed as embodied cognition” in early 2017 as an Empirica member. Her studies focused on experiential and embodied knowing in design and craft practice, and they contributed to the interdisciplinary Handling Mind Research Project, (2012-2016). Through her doctorate, she...

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Krista Kosonen

Krista Kosonen

Krista is a Finnish designer-researcher based in Helsinki. She is one of the three founders of the Finnish collective Imu design, which has promoted young design talents by organizing exhibitions since 2002. Krista has graduated as Master of Arts from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 2005, and since then worked in the fields of furniture & visual design, exhibitions, curating and design research. Krista worked in...

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Pia Staff

Pia Staff

Doctoral research Images of the body. Representations of the female designer’s artistic process The main challenge of the research project is to look at women’s experience of subjectivity that is transformed by the process of aging. How does the overlapping qualities – female gender and age – maintain or change the heteronormative order. The project seeks to unfold the structure of heteronormativity and the construction process of...

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Sandra Viña Flores

Sandra Viña Flores

Sandra Viña is a designer and an artist. She has taken part in different international art exhibitions as well as in different design related events. The core of Sandra’s research lies in the making and study of design intervention in urban public places. The research makes sense of six different types of design interventions to reveal how they are a medium to inquire into design, to encourage interactive and dialogical social actions and a...

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Minerva Juolahti

Minerva Juolahti

Minerva Juolahti is a master student of communication and media at Helsinki University and is about to start her master thesis. Concurrently she also studies contemporary art at Art School MAA in Suomenlinna, Helsinki and in the Ceramics and its Dimension: Shaping the Future sub-project she works as a research assistant. During the last few years along with her studies, she has been organizing art and cultural events and editing texts and...

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Yuri Na

Yuri Na

Well-being through Crafting: Developing Co-crafting Programs as Creative Cultural Activities based on Sustainable Hedonism This postdoctoral research aims to promote the well-being of the general public in everyday life by means of crafting as a creative activity at the individual, community and cultural levels. In this interdisciplinary research with the arts and social sciences, craft is a tool to improve individuals’ quality of life...

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Petra Ahde-Deal

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Petra Ahde-Deal obtained her doctoral degree as an Empirica member in 2013. She currently works as a lecturer on jewelry design at the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology, where she founded the Wearables Lab in cooperation with the KEA’s BA Jewellery, Technology and Business.

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Marjukka Vuorisalo

Marjukka Vuorisalo

Of(f) textile –Finnish textile art brought up with the aid of modern technology The goal of this research is to formulate ways to present Finnish textile art with the applications of modern technology. One particular aim is to figure out ways to increase common interest towards the field of textile art. The main sources of this research are the viewpoints of craft, design and art: the way the Finnish textile art is seen from these viewpoints....

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Haian Xue

Haian Xue

Doctoral research The Impact of Memory of Early Experience on Design Memory is one of the key factors that make us who we are today, and it could be crucial to design. This doctoral research intends to bridge the knowledge gap between design and memory studies, and to explore a new affective design strategy or methodology based on the target cohort’s collective memory of early experience. The study is currently focusing on the concept of...

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Svetlana Usenyuk

Svetlana Usenyuk

Prior to joining Empirica, Svetlana was a doctoral student and part-time teacher at the School of Arctic Design, Ural State Academy of Architecture and Art, Ekaterinburg, Russia. She received her PhD in 2011, with a dissertation devoted to transport vehicles for remote areas of Russian Arctic. Her research interests include crafted mobility, technology appropriation and traditional knowledge of Arctic nomads. To study all that, she travels...

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Tjhien Liao

Tjhien Liao

Dr. Tjhien Liao specialises in design communication in product and service development. He obtained his doctoral degree from Aalto University in 2016. His research focuses on storied design as a communicative practice in design presentation.   Top skills Interaction Design, User Centered Design, Conversation/Video Analysis, Grounded...

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