Dr Mari Mäkiranta is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lapland, Faculty of Art and Design, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Jyväskylä, Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies. In 2008 she earned her doctoral degree related to autobiographical and self-portrait photography art. Between 2010-2014 she conducted a postdoctoral research project, exploring young people’s living environments in different European countries. Mäkiranta’s work has focused on socially engaged visual arts, feminist theories and arts-based research. She is a Principal Investigator in the Academy of Finland awarded project Floating Peripheries – Making Sense of Place. Mäkiranta is a member of the board for international and national editorial boards and academic communities. She has written several peer-reviewed articles and books, curated and exhibited art works in national and international contexts. She intertwines communal, embodied, experimental and multisensory expressions in her art practices.