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Cindy Kohtala

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Artistic and research interests

Dr Cindy Kohtala is Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Design, INUSE Users and Innovation Research Group. She studies DIY makers who design, make, invent and innovate in shared community technology workshops (fab labs, makerspaces, hacklabs and other niche spaces), from a Science & Technology Studies perspective foregrounding design and socio-environmental sustainability. She examines makers’ techno-utopias in exacting a ‘new industrial revolution’ and how groupings enact their imaginaries in peer-to-peer organising in their localities. She also lectures and writes about design-for-sustainability, Product-Service System design, open design, co-design, distributed economies and design activism, and she has been involved in several urban activism initiatives in Helsinki.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Arts (Art and Design), Aalto-yliopisto, Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu

Award Date: 31 Mar 2016

Master of Arts (Art and Design), Taideteollinen korkeakoulu

Award Date: 17 Dec 1999

External positions

Postdoctoral Researcher funded by Nessling Foundation

1 Jan 202031 Dec 2021


  • fab labs
  • peer production
  • Design-for-Sustainability
  • open design
  • maker culture
  • digital fabrication
  • grassroots innovation
  • ethnography
  • distributed economies
  • circular economy
  • Sustainable Product-Service Systems
  • Sustainable consumption and production
  • Science and technology studies
  • Symbolic Interactionism


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