Teija Löytönen

Senior Specialist for Art and Creative Practices

  • Phone+358 50 9117241
  • Otakaari 24, 02150 Espoo


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Artistic and research interests

In my  position, as Senior Specialist for Art and Creative Practices, I support Aalto University’s strategic objective of renewing society by art, creativity and design. We at Aalto believe that art, design and creativity radically question and challenge our society and culture. Our aim is to increase the visibility and impact of art, design and transdisciplinary creativity. These aims are approached through diverse university-wide activities such as Sharing and co-creating transdisciplinary artworks and University-Wide Art Studies, and by developing mechanisms to integrate creative practices and design thinking with technology and business throughout Aalto University.

Prior to my current position I was a full-time scholar for over ten years funded by the Academy of Finland. My research interests include higher arts education, arts and creativity in academia, university pedagogy as well as professional and academic development. My special interest is in collaborative research endeavors and in “new” modes of (post) qualitative research. I have published in several refereed journals and edited volumes as well as presented my research work in various academic networks.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Doctoral degree, Arts and Design, Theatre Academy of Finland

Award Date: 10 Jun 2005

Bachelor's degree, Education, University of Helsinki

Award Date: 2 Dec 1986


  • art and creativity in academia
  • art and design knowledge building
  • university pedagogy
  • (post)qualitative research
  • collaborative inquiry


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