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Emilia Tikka

Doctoral Candidate


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Artistic and research interests

My current research interests include: speculative design, critical design, ontological design, contemporary biomedical technologies and feminist science and technology studies. My PhD research focuses on re-framing speculative design as an inclusive approach to introduce plural voices in technoscientific imaginaries of the Arctic.

Next to conducting my PhD at Aalto, I am a senior advisor for CollActive Materials, a collaborative project of two Berlin Exellence Clusters: Matters of Activity. Image Space Material (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Science of Intelligence (Technical University Berlin). My former affiliations include: Visiting Scholar at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Artist in Residence in 2-year EU project Art4med with the Finnish Bioart Society, and Artist in Residence at the genome-editing laboratories of Max-Delbrück-Centre for Molecular Medicine in Berlin.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Research Associate, Tampere University

1 Oct 20191 Jan 2021

Artist in Residence , Tokyo

15 Sept 201915 Oct 2019

Visiting Scholar, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

1 Oct 20181 Mar 2019

Artist in residence, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association

1 Jul 201831 Oct 2018


  • Speculative Design
  • Critical Design
  • Design and Science
  • Bioscience
  • Science and technology studies
  • Collaborative practice
  • Film


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  • Mammoths and Reindeer : Speculative design imaginaries and technoscientific care in the Arctic

    Müller, M. & Tikka, E., 2023, Material Trajectories: Designing With Care?. Perraudin, L., Winkler, C., Mareis, C. & Held, M. (eds.). Lüneburg: Meson Press, p. 103-122 20 p. (Future Ecologies).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
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  • The Future is Now / Human 2.0

    Tikka, E., Oct 2023

    Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproductionpeer-review

  • ÆON

    Tikka, E., 1 Mar 2022, Atlas der Datenkörper 1: Körperbilder in Kunst, Design und Wissenschaft im Zeitalter digitaler Medien. Bart, M., Breuer, J. & Freier, A. L. (eds.). Transcript Verlag, p. 148-153 6 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contributionpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Caring Futures

    Tikka, E., 17 Sept 2022

    Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproductionpeer-review


    Tikka, E., Valkeapää, O. A. & Valkeapää, L., 18 Aug 2022

    Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproductionpeer-review