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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Ramia Mazé

Ramia Mazé

Ramia Mazé is a Professor of Practice in New Frontiers of Design at Aalto ARTS. Since August 2015, Ramia works at Aalto University to develop a vision of “Designing Our Common Future”. As a researcher, educator and designer, she specializes in participatory and critical practices of design. Previously in Sweden, she worked at Konstfack College of Arts Crafts and Design, at KTH Royal Institute of Technology School of...

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Pekka Korvenmaa

Pekka Korvenmaa

Pekka Korvenmaa is a professor of Design and Culture at the department of Design, Aalto ARTS. In this field he has led several research projects and teams and supervised doctoral studies in Finland and abroad as well as organized a multitude of international conferences. Korvenmaa has published extensively on Finnish architectural and design history both in Finland and internationally since 1981. His other key area is in the politics of...

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Ece Canli

Ece Canli

Ece Canli is a design researcher and performance artist, currently based in Porto, Portugal. In her doctoral research, she investigates the intersection between queer theory and design practice by looking at design as an active agent in gendering, sexualising, marginalising and segregating certain bodies, while privileging some others. Combining theory, history and practice, she focuses on artefacts, discourses and spaces in particular and...

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Shi Di

Shi Di

Sensibility Design: Study of Communication in Co-design With the design focus extended from products to service and social system, the design team is becoming more and more complex because of the involvement of different stakeholders with different background and perspectives. The effective communication between different stakeholders is an important issue for the quality of co-design. This study is implemented through three phases. First of...

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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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Bilge Merve Aktaş

Bilge Merve Aktaş

Bilge Merve Aktaş is a maker-designer, currently studying as a doctoral candidate at Department of Design. Her research interests cover issues in textile crafts, makers, materiality, nonhuman agency and local knowledges. She holds a BSc degree in industrial product design from Istanbul Technical University (2012) and MA degree in Design, Technology and Society programme from Koç University (Istanbul, 2015). Her master thesis studied...

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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

The core of my study is to explore why women wear and possess jewelry. The reasons seem to be mostly societal and drawn from the cultures women come from. 28 women in Finland and USA participated in the study. They self-documented their ways to wear and possess jewelry through Probes study before in-depth interviews. The social practices, traditions, rituals and habits concerning the personal and family histories related to jewelry are the main...

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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

Tjhien Liao, MSc, obtained his MSc in Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, in 2005. He has worked in the fields of mobile gaming, serious gaming, web-search technology and supportive educational technology. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. His research focuses on storied design as a communicative practice in design...

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