Satu Miettinen is the Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design at the University of Lapland where she works as Professor of Service Design. She is a Principal Investigator and co-ordinator in several national and international service design research projects funded by TEKES (Finnish Fund for Innovation and Technology, European Commision Horizon 2020 MSCA RISE etc.). Satu is an active artist and designer in the area of socially engaged art. She has a long history in artistic work with Namibian and South African local communities in crafts and design development work in numerous projects: Opuwo-Helsinki-Opuwo (2002), Kwaata-Kosketus (2004), Potentials – design in the field (2006-2007), Lost in Katutura (2010-2012) and My Dream World (2013-2015). These projects have included exhibitions at the Finnish Craft Museum, Helinä Rautavaara Museum, Museum of Cultures, Arktikum Science Centre, National Art Gallery of Namibia and Cape Town City Hall. The exhibitions Lost in Katutura, Kaupungissa vai maalla? and Itsepäinen shakaali seikkailee were part of the official program for World Design Capital Helsinki in 2012. The project My Dream World formed part of the official program for World Design Capital Cape Town in 2014. Satu coordinated an artistic research project titled Naisia maailman laidalla – Margin to Margin (2016-2017), funded by Koneen säätiö. This project has included collaboration with Australian Aboriginal women artists and exhibitions in Australia and Finland.


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