Cindy Kohtala

Postdoctoral Researcher


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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Arts (Art and Design)

Master of Arts (Art and Design)


  • 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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Research Output

A taxonomy of users’ active design engagement in the 21st century

Kohtala, C., Hyysalo, S. & Whalen, J., 27 Feb 2020, In : Design Studies. 67, p. 27-54

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
  • Collaborative Confusion Among DIY Makers: Ethnography and Expertise in Creating Knowledge for Environmental Sustainability

    Berglund, E. & Kohtala, C., May 2020, In : Science & Technology Studies. 33, 2, p. 102-119 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Designing Care and Commoning into a Code of Conduct

    Kohtala, C., Walls, J. & Collective, W-L., Jun 2019, Proceedings of the Nordic Design Research Conference: Who Cares?. Helsinki: Nordic Design Research Conference, Vol. 8. 5 p. (Nordes 2019: Who cares?; vol. 8).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 21 Downloads (Pure)

    Framing Open Design through Theoretical Concepts and Practical Applications: A Systematic Literature Review

    Bakırlıoğlu, Y. & Kohtala, C., 2019, In : Human-Computer Interaction. 34, 5-6, p. 389-432

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    99 Downloads (Pure)

    Maker-Activists in the Post-Growth City

    Kohtala, C. & Ede, S., 21 Nov 2019, The Critical Makers Reader: (Un)learning Technology. Bogers, L. & Chiappini, L. (eds.). Amsterdam, p. 278-285 8 p. (INC Reader; no. 12).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional


    Profi3 Jalas A80300

    Juntunen, J., Jalas, M., Pulkkinen, T., Mäkelä, K., Hector, P., Fodor, K. & Kohtala, C.


    Project: Academy of Finland: Competitive funding to strengthen university research profiles

    CODO: Getting collaborative design done: An enquiry into mundane and strategic organizing of co-design in 21st century (CODO)

    Whalen, J., Botero, A., Mattelmäki, T., Wu, Y., Salmi, A., Kohtala, C., Hakkarainen, L., Savolainen, K., Hyysalo, S., Lee, B. & Johnson, M.


    Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding


    Fab Labs and Social Sustainability

    Cindy Kohtala (Speaker)
    13 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic or invited talk

    Sustainability and FabLabs

    Cindy Kohtala (Speaker)
    5 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation

    Fab Lab Conference

    Cindy Kohtala (Member)
    17 Jul 201818 Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesChair of conference, workshop, panel, session or tutorial

    Studying making and repairing: How do we know what we are looking at?

    Cindy Kohtala (Speaker)
    28 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation

    Press / Media

    EXT - Sustainable Innovation 2016 - ‘Circular Economy’ Innovation & Design

    Cindy Kohtala


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance

    Sustainable Innovation 2016: Circular Economy Innovation & Design

    Cindy Kohtala


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance