Sanna Lehtinen

Research Fellow
Research Fellow
A899 School common, ARTS

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. 

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


Shortlisted for the Pavilion of Finland at the Biennale Architettura 2023

Invitation or ranking in competition Department of Art and Media Jan 2022


Aesthetic Values in the Maintenance of Urban Technologies

Sanna Lehtinen 2024 Keeping Things Going: Maintenance and the Philosophy of Technology

Aesthetic Choice in the Age of Ecological Awareness

Sanna Lehtinen 2023 Oxford Handbook of Mental Health and Contemporary Western Aesthetics

Esteettisesti kestävä kaupunki

Sanna Lehtinen 2023 Avaimia kestävään kaupunkikehitykseen - Tutkijoiden puheenvuoroja

Rethinking the Urban Sublime

Sanna Lehtinen, Brit Strandhagen, Matti Tainio 2023 Applying Aesthetics to Everyday Life: Methodologies, History, and New Directions

The Use of Light Installations in Architectural Reconstruction: New Technological Solutions for the Public Sphere

Ryan Wittingslow, Sanna Lehtinen 2023 Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Architectural Reconstruction

A First Approach to Intergenerational Aesthetics: Theoretical Stakes, Practical Examples, and Future Research Avenues

Remei Capdevila-Werning, Sanna Lehtinen 2022 European Society for Aesthetics Conference Proceedings 13/2021

5G Aesthetics

Sanna Lehtinen, Delfina Fantini van Ditmar 2022 Places: forum of design for the public realm

Editorial Introduction to the Topical Issue on Philosophy of the City

Sanna Lehtinen, Tea Lobo 2022 East Asian Journal of Philosophy