Sanna Lehtinen

Sanna Lehtinen

Doctor of Philosophy, Docent

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Artistic and research interests

Sanna Lehtinen (PhD 2015, Univ. of Helsinki) works as a Research Fellow in the Transdisciplinary Art Studies unit (TAITE) at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. She is also a Docent of Aesthetics at the University of Helsinki. Sanna's research focuses on urban environmental aesthetics and the philosophy of the city, and her current research interests include aesthetic sustainability, transgenerational aesthetics, and aesthetics of new urban technologies. Sanna’s publications include journal articles published in Open Philosophy, Essays in Philosophy, Philosophical Inquiries, Sustainability Science, and Behaviour & Information Technology, invited articles in edited volumes published by Routledge, Bloomsbury, Springer, and Oxford University Press, as well as editing special issues for Environmental Values, Contemporary Aesthetics, ESPES, East Asian Journal of Philosophy, and Open Philosophy. Sanna was the President of the Finnish Society for Aesthetics and a Delegate in the Executive Committee of the International Association of Aesthetics in 2019–21. She is currently a Codirector in the Board of the international Philosophy of the City Research Group (PotC) and an affiliate member in 4TU. Centre for Ethics and Technology. Sanna is a member of the editorial boards in several international academic journals in addition to being the Assistant Editor of Contemporary Aesthetics. Sanna teaches c. 5 courses annually at Aalto ARTS and Aalto SCI and supervises Doctoral and Master's level students at Aalto ARTS and at the University of Helsinki. 

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

University of Helsinki

Award Date: 22 Dec 2015

External positions

Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief, Philosophy of the City Journal

Dec 2022 → …

Assistant Editor, Contemporary Aesthetics journal, Contemporary Aesthetics

Jun 2022 → …

Docent in Aesthetics, University of Helsinki

Aug 2021 → …

Codirector, Philosophy of the City Research Group

Oct 2019 → …


  • Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of art
  • Environmental aesthetics
  • Urban aesthetics
  • Sustainability science
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Postphenomenology
  • Pragmatism
  • Applied Philosophy
  • Philosophy of the City
  • Philosophy of Architecture


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