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Service design is a quickly evolving field. The increasing need for expertise in service design stems from the modern service-based, globalising and technologising society.
Culture-based service design crosses disciplinary boundaries and is tailored to meet the needs of the modern society. We have a unique way of combining art – e.g. design, service design, visual arts – with the theories used in research on culture – e.g. critical research, semiotics, practice-based theory, material culture. Thus, our doctoral programme takes a bold approach to service design, the surrounding society and culture. We also analyse field-specific questions in the areas of education, law, and social sciences in a way that enriches field-specific thinking.
Our doctoral programme promotes ethically, aesthetically and socially sustainable procedures in fields such as tourism, education, law, management, administration and social work.
We welcome doctoral candidates with varied academic backgrounds, as the multidisciplinarity of our programme essentially flows from the presence and discourse of academics arriving from different viewpoints.
This multidisciplinary programme will equip you with profound understanding and a unique set of skills needed for observing phenomena from various viewpoints. Questioning prevalent conceptions and set ways of thinking will become a part of you. Rightly so, as the modern working life increasingly requires labour force able to do that. Our doctoral programme will make you prepared for expert positions concerned with research, education and development – inside or outside academia.
Our courses in 2017–2018
Thematic studies in our programme are rich and varied in terms of both content and methods. We offer to you theoretical courses, project-based courses, contact teaching and independent studying.
The studies will take you on a journey from the most prominent theoretical and methodological literature and practice-based theories to hands-on workshops. Academic presenting skills with a service-design touch will not be neglected either. You can also include field-specific studies into your thematic studies to further enrich your understanding of service design expertise.
The teachers on our courses are internationally known experts with connections to both the academic community and business life.
Executive committee meets regularly
The executive committee of our programme meets once in the spring term and once in the autumn term. The committee's tasks are to discuss course feedback and make adjustments to the thematic courses based on feedback, and to monitor the progress of junior researchers and status position holders.
The executive committee supports the chair in implementing the chair’s tasks.
Anu Valtonen, professor, programme leader
Tel. +358(0)40 5250849
José-Calos Garcia-Rosell, university lecturer, vice-leader
Tel. +358(0)40 484 4190
How is service design relevant to law?
Several areas of law are currently missing usability and customer orientation. Legal documents are often too convoluted and simply inaccessible for average users and consumers. On the other hand, service design is, above all, user-centred and -based. “Design is the way to generate promising ideas for how legal services could be improved, and then get them developed in quick and effective ways”, says Margaret Hagan, a leading scholar from Stanford University working in the field of legal design. Hagan believes that “We can make the world of legal services & legal practice better through design” via “centering our work on real, lived human problems”. As such, the legal design approach can be applied to all fields of law. And even more widely, to various kinds of professional activities.
Law by design (Margaret Hagan): http://www.lawbydesign.co/
Legal Design Lab: http://www.legaltechdesign.com/
Legal Design Jam (Stefania Passera): http://legaldesignjam.com/
Some scholarly articles on legal design: http://www.lexpert.com/resources/
Voice: Junior researcher Veera Kinnunen observes the relationship between people and their belongings
Veera Kinnunen takes an academic interest in the mundane, everyday life in the home – especially the practices of keeping and letting go of one’s belongings. In her dissertation, Veera explores the process of moving house as an ethical encounter with things.
Veera's inspirational lecture in the Living Memories seminar >
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