İdil Gaziulusoy (research group leader)
Elif Erdoğan Öztekin
Maria Ferreira Litowtschenko
NODUS Associate Researchers:
NODUS works closely also with Creative Sustainability Master’s programme.
March 14, 2019
Hella Hernberg’s research explores temporary use of vacant spaces and participatory design, with a particular focus on the mediation among various stakeholder groups in temporary use. Hernberg’s research is based partly on a Research through Design approach where data is collected from her own temporary use projects in the Helsinki Metropolitan Region, and partly on a qualitative approach. The research is funded partly by Kone...
October 31, 2018
Maria Ferreira’s research focus on exploring the relationship of design and the ‘publics’, with special interest in urban governance and new institutional forms like public innovation labs. Her interest is to identify and understand the different interactions, collaborations and relations among citizens, activists and governments, and how those influence public policy and the idea of governance, particularly in the Ibero American...
October 17, 2018
Elif is a PhD researcher at NODUS with her focus on Design for Sustainability Transitions and whole system innovations. During her doctoral studies, she is researching eco-settlements through a selection of cases across Europe while she is tackling technological, infrastructural, social, cultural aspects of place-based sustainability transitions and their relations to everyday lifestyles and practices.
July 3, 2018
Philip Hector is a PhD candidate at the NODUS research group. His research focuses on the increasing amount of Do-it-yourself and peer production initiatives such as repair cafes and cultural laboratories. He is interested in the potential of these initiatives for imagining and practising different ways of collective organising and personal well-being. To do so he looks at the transactions of practices, skills and artifacts between these...
May 27, 2018
Kata is an Architect and urban designer focusing on the relationship between affordable housing and urban food systems. She is a co-founder of the multidisciplinary design studio Atelier Kite, and has recently joined the NODUS Research Group at Aalto University to undertake her PhD project titled ‘Design Strategies for Creating Circular Food Systems in European Cities’. Kata’s research directly complements her design practice –...
May 8, 2018
Eeva Houtbeckers (Dr. Sc. Econ. & Buss. Admin) works on a postdoctoral project funded by Nessling Foundation (2017) and Kone Foundation (2018-2020). She is a member of NODUS research group and affiliated with the Department of Design at Aalto University. Her doctoral dissertation ‘Mundane social entrepreneurship’ focused on Finnish microentrepreneurs working in sectors that address sustainability challenges, namely up-cycle design,...
April 2, 2018
From August 2015, Ramia Mazé is appointed as Professor of New Frontiers in Design at Aalto University to pursue a programmatic vision in “Designing Our Common Future”. As a researcher, educator and designer, Ramia specializes in critical and participatory approaches to design for systems and products that alter social practices and public life. While design is traditionally formulated in relation to industry, her work explores the...
October 3, 2016
Mikko Jalas holds a PhD in Organization and Management from the Aalto University School of Business and currently holds a position of a Senior Lecturer at Aalto University School of Arts, design and architecture. He has worked on sustainable consumption, time use, energy consumption as well as on time use rebound-effects. More recently he has worked on renewable energy investments, the local embedding of energy technologies, self-building...
October 3, 2016
Michael Lettenmeier (M.Sc.) is a researcher, consultant and trainer in the fields of sustainable natural resource use, material footprint calculation and sustainable lifestyles. During the recent years, he has set a focus on sustainable lifestyles and developed the 8 tonnes resource cap for sustainable lifestyles. He is consulting and training the implications of the 8 tonnes concept for business, design and different organizations. Michael is...
September 19, 2016
İdil is Professor of Sustainable Design and research group leader of NODUS. She is developing a teaching and research portfolio for imagining sustainable, equitable and resilient future systems through various approaches in design research and developing interventions to achieve these proposals. Her work is concerned with socio-technical and socio-ecological systems with a particular focus on production-consumption systems and cities. Idil has...
January 28, 2013
Cindy Kohtala (D.A.) is a design-for-sustainability researcher, educator and writer with expertise in product-service systems and sustainable consumption and production. Her doctoral research topic focused on grassroots digital fabrication communities and their potential role in transforming negative consumption and production patterns through shifts in meaning and values (‘Making Sustainability’: How Fab Labs Address Environmental...
January 28, 2013
Tatu Marttila (M.A.) has a degree in industrial design and background in new media design. His research studies inter-professional design education. It focuses to understand the tools, processes and communication related to issues of sustainability in multidisciplinary collaboration, and to gather information on how design education can better prepare students to tackle transdisciplinary problem solving in the context of sustainable...
January 28, 2013
Pekka Murto is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Design in Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland and a student of the Advanced Materials and Processes Doctoral School of Aalto School of Chemical Technology. His doctoral research focuses on understanding the role and integration of design in networked development of complex products and systems, with a specific focus on shipbuilding as the context of study. In...