Hella Hernberg

Postdoctoral Researcher
Postdoctoral Researcher
A803 Dept. Design

Hella Hernberg is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Design, Aalto University. Her research investigates the mediation of sustainable change processes involving multi-actor networks in spatial and material contexts. She holds a Doctor of Arts degree from 2022. Her doctoral thesis, titled Architects as ‘Mediators’ – Socio-political roles in mediating the ‘temporary use’ of vacant spaces, investigated the roles of mediators in the temporary use of vacant spaces, seen more broadly as part of urban sustainability transitions. Her doctoral research was partly based on professional architectural work on similar themes since 2008. Since 2010, she has run her own company, Urban Dream Management, and in 2012-13 she worked as a strategic designer at the Ministry of the Environment.

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Aalto ARTS Dissertation Award 2022

Award for doctoral theses which are among the most meritorious top ten percent of the doctoral theses of the school. The core criteria for the award are academic quality, impact and originality. <br/>
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Design Mar 2022

Grant for post-doctoral research

Award or honor granted for academic or artistic career Department of Design Dec 2022

Research grant

3,5 year working grant for doctoral studies
Award or honor granted for academic or artistic career Department of Design Dec 2016


Design for Sustainability Transformations: A ‘Deep Leverage Points’ Research Agenda for the (Post-)pandemic Context

Idil Gaziulusoy, Emilija Veselova, Elise Hodson, Eeva Berglund, Elif Erdogan Öztekin, Eeva Houtbeckers, Hella Hernberg, Mikko Jalas, Kata Fodor, Maria Ferreira Litowtschenko 2021

Mediating ‘Temporary Use’ of Urban Space: Accounts of selected practitioners

Hella Hernberg 2020 Built Environment and Architecture as a Resource

Agonistic Temporary Space – Reflections on ‘Agonistic Space’ across Participatory Design and Urban Temporary Use

Hella Hernberg, Ramia Maze 2018 Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference

Enabling Sustainable Change

Hella Hernberg 2018 Doughnuts to Muffins

Keran väliaika

Hella Hernberg 2018