Department of Design

INUSE People

The current and former members of INUSE research group.


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Sampsa Hyysalo, Professor

Group Leader

Sampsa Hyysalo

Professor of Co-Design at the Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture

Sampsa's research focuses on designer-user relations in sociotechnical change. This includes interest in areas such as participatory design, codesign, open and user innovation, open design, peer knowledge creation, citizen science and user knowledge in organizations, social shaping of technology, practice theory, process studies of innovation and sustainability transitions.

Sampsa’s research orientation is multidisciplinary, science & technology studies, innovation studies and collaborative design being his main fields of reference. He received his PhD in behavioral sciences in University of Helsinki, working with activity theory. His docenture in is user-centered design of information systems in University of Turku. Sampsa has authored several books and published over 70 full length articles and book chapters. 

Find Sampsa’s CV (PDF) here.
Read Sampsa's publications (PDF) here.

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Andrea Botero, Research Fellow

Andrea Botero

Associate Professor and Academy of Finland Research Fellow at Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture

Andrea’s design works explores technologies, services, and media for collectives and communities. Through her research work she aims to understand how users and collectives come to understand the design spaces available to them and how designers could support infrastructuring processes around those spaces. Andrea has a Doctor of Arts (DA) in New Media, an MA in design both from Aalto University. Her BA is in Industrial Design from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She is also adjunct professor (honorary appointment) at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia (COL).

Andrea's research profile here.

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Brenda Vertiz, Doctoral Student

Brenda Vértiz

Doctoral student at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Brenda is a design practitioner and a doctoral student at Aalto University, school of Arts, Design and Architecture. In the last decade, her areas of research and design practice have revolved around exploring the possibilities and limits of transformative and participatory design practices advancing creative explorations, socio-economic inclusion and public imagination.

During the last four years, she worked as a public servant in the Mexico City’s government with women and children living in marginalized neighborhoods, creating alternative and collective tactics for the re-appropriation of public –but contested– city spaces. Currently her doctoral research focuses on spatial justice and feminist approaches to design, as well as in the social reproduction of exclusion in civic and urban life.

Read Brenda's publications here.

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Anna Salo-Toyoki, Doctoral Student

Anna Salo-Toyoki

Doctoral student at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Anna holds a M.Sc. in business with a study background in marketing and retail as well as arts marketing and management. Before joining the Department of Design doctoral program, she also worked with the cross-Aalto International Design Business Management community looking into spaces and places of co-creative practices. Balancing her career between academia and business, she took interest in applying creative and design-led approaches to service development and placemaking in the complex retail property sector – a field she has evolved as a design-minded practitioner in since 2011. In her doctoral dissertation she’s focusing on positions of the user in retail property development and how placing user knowledge at the center of development processes could potentially serve as an innovation catalyst in this currently distressed industry.

Read Anna's publications here.

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Goeun Park, Doctoral Student

Goeun Park

Doctoral student at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Goeun's interests include Do-it-yourself (DIY), renewable energies, youth innovation, participatory design, and collective climate actions. Her doctoral work focuses on youth collective climate actions, especially on energy issues, and relations between DIY workshops and youth empowerment for collective energy actions. She worked as a researcher for several design and cultural foundations and worked as a senior manager of a cultural center in Seoul, South Korea. From 2017 to 2019, she had organized solar DIY workshops in Finland to teach citizens how to make small scale renewable energy generators and her doctoral work builds on this experience.

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Kaisa Savolainen, Postdoctoral Researcher

Kaisa Savolainen

Postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and at the School of Science

Kaisa (DA, M.Sc. (Tech.)) is a postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University. Her research focuses on human-centred design, user research and co-design in different contexts. Before starting her doctoral studies in 2013 she has worked for over 10 years for different companies holding several  positions related to e.g., usability, user research, co-design, and strategic work.

Kaisa's research profile here

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Nathaly Pinto, Doctoral Student

Nathaly Pinto

Doctoral student at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Nathaly's research focuses on design production and democracy: how can design support non-dominant culture citizens better representation and increase of participation. Her interests are on the impacts of design actions outside economic development concerns and how participatory and collaborative design teaching can support social innovation in practice.

Nathaly’s background is editorial design (M.A., Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design -MaHKU). She has worked as an professor teaching to undergrad design students at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, and for almost a decade as a designer consultant, on identity construction and advocacy impact in collaboration with different NGO’s, networks and governmental institutions in local and regional projects in Andean América.

Nathaly's research profile here

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Tuomas Harviainen

Tuomas Harviainen

Doctoral Student at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture. (Associate Professor at Tampere University)

Tuomas is tenure track Associate Professor of Information Practices at Tampere University, but as a firm lifelong learner is working on a second doctorate in design management, at Aalto ARTS. Harviainen holds Master’s degrees in Theology (Helsinki) and Service Innovation and Design (Laurea UAS), and a doctorate in Information Studies and Interactive Media (Tampere). He also has a small service design agency of his own. Harviainen has over 60 peer reviewed publications and two published monographs, and he has co-edited seven other books. His research in the area of design studies focuses on design management, the service design of information systems, game development as a type of design, and design business ethics.

Read Tuomas's publications here.

INUSE Alumni

 Cindy Kohtala

Cindy Kohtala

 Jouni Juntunen

Jouni Juntunen

 Louna Hakkarainen

Louna Hakkarainen

 Mikael Johnson

Mikael Johnson

 Pekka Murto

Pekka Murto

 Pia Helminen

Pia Helminen

 Samuli Mäkinen

Samuli Mäkinen

Stephanie Freeman

Sebastian Greger

Tiina Kymäläinen

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INUSE Research Projects

Current and past projects of the INUSE research group.

Department of Design
Marttila, Botero & Hyysalo: Openness turn in co-design

INUSE Publications

Recent publications from the INUSE research group.

Department of Design
INUSE - The Users and Innovation Research Group
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