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Miss Nora Kinnunen

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Civil Engineering and Built Environment,
Construction and Project Management

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Name
Miss Nora Kinnunen
Position(s)
Research Associate
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Civil Engineering and Built Environment,
Construction and Project Management
Research Assistant
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
QUT Design Lab
Discipline *
Civil Engineering
Phone
+61 7 3138 0222
Email
Location
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Qualifications

Master of Design Futures (Griffith University), Master of Engineering Science (Engineering Management) (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Engineering - Mechanical (University of Southern Qld)

Professional memberships
and associations

Associate Fellow of the HEA.

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Nora Kinnunen is a redirective designer, design educator and researcher working across disciplines. Her research interests include societal transformation for sustainable futures, with particular focus on the role of design and craft in directing change in practices.

Nora is currently a PhD Candidate at the School of Design, with her research focusing on craft futures, and exploring how professional craftspeople reconcile their craft-making practices with external demands of their business. She is also a researcher on projects in the School of Design and the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment.

Nora has extensive experience in private practice – as an aeronautical engineer and project manager, and more recently as a furniture designer co-managing a craft-based furniture design and manufacturing company. She is a sessional academic, teaching theory and research methods at the School of Design. Nora hosts The Endangered Skill – a project exploring the relationality of design, craft and making. It acknowledges the escalating crisis of unsustainability and calls for a redirection of material culture towards sustainable futures. The ambition of The Endangered Skill is to develop craft as a transformative practice through Craft Futures: a re-imagining of culture that is centred on craft as a sustainable mode of production and the basis for sustainable ways of living.

This information has been contributed by Miss Nora Kinnunen.

Teaching

Teaching focus: design and sustainability; design psychology; design in society; research methods; professional studies.

This information has been contributed by Miss Nora Kinnunen.