Katriina Heljakka


Research Manager, Cultural Production and Landscape Studies (School of History, Culture and Arts Studies)
Doctoral Student, Cultural Production and Landscape Studies (School of History, Culture and Arts Studies)
Postdoctoral Researcher, Cultural Production and Landscape Studies (School of History, Culture and Arts Studies)

katriina.heljakka@utu.fi







Biography



Toy researcher
Katriina Heljakka (Doctor of Arts, MA (Art history), M.Sc. (Econ.), holds a
post-doctoral position at University of Turku (digital culture studies) and
continues her research on toys and the visual, material, digital and social
cultures of play in the Academy of Finland project Centre of Excellence in Game
Culture Studies. Her current research interests include the emerging
toyification of contemporary culture, toy design and the hybrid and social
dimensions of ludic practices. During her career, Heljakka, who received her
doctorate from Aalto University, has worked in the toy industry as a game
designer and creative manager responsible for trend-related research and
concept creation. In parallel to being an academic, Heljakka has been involved
in character creation, authored children’s storybooks and participated in
multiple art exhibitions with her toy-related photography and playable art
installations both in Finland, Portugal and the U.S. To explore the discipline
of toy design education, Heljakka has visited and lectured (and played) at the
toy design programs of the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, Delft
University, Shenkar College in Tel Aviv, MIT Game Lab, Fashion Institute of
Technology in New York and OTIS School of Design in Los Angeles. In 2017,
Heljakka visited the Strong National Institute of Play as a research fellow. She
currently acts as the Chief of Play at Pori Laboratory of Play (PLOP). Contact:
katriina.heljakka@utu.fi






Publications
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Designing a Pervasive Adventure Gamescape: Avoiding the Pitfalls in Creating Augmented LBGs for Playful Learning (2018) Katriina Heljakka, Pirita Ihamäki
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Disliked and demonized dollies: pediophobia and popular toys of the present (2018)
Wider Screen
Heljakka K
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Hybrid Social Play Final Report (2018) Paavilainen Janne, Heljakka Katriina, Arjoranta Jonne, Kankainen Ville, Lahdenperä Linda,
Koskinen Elina, Kinnunen Jani, Sihvonen Lilli, Nummenmaa Timo, Mäyrä Frans, Koskimaa Raine, Suominen Jaakko

(
D4 Published development or research report or study)

Kasuaalista kilpailulliseksi: Tutkijan autoetnografinen reflektio Mölkyn MM-kilpailuista 2018 (2018)
Pelitutkimuksen Vuosikirja
Katriina Heljakka
(
A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

Preschoolers Learning with the Internet of Toys: From Toy-Based Edutainment to Transmedia Literacy (2018)
Seminar.net
Katriina Heljakka, Pirita Ihamäki
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Re-playing Legends’ Worlds: Toying with Star Wars’ Expanded Universe in Adult Play (2018)
Kinephanos
Katriina Heljakka
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Smart Toys for Game-based and Toy-based Learning A Study of Toy Marketers', Preschool teachers' and Parents' Perspectives on Play (2018) CENTRIC 2018 : The Eleventh International Conference on Advances in Human-oriented and Personalized Mechanisms, Technologies, and Services Katriina Heljakka, Pirita Ihamäki
(
A4 Article in conference proceedings)

The Internet of Toys, Connectedness and Character-Based Play in Early Education: Volume 1 (2018) Proceedings of the Future Technologies Conference (FTC) 2018 Pirita Ihamäki, Katriina Heljakka
(
A4 Article in conference proceedings)

Verkottunut leikki osana esiopetusta: Lelujen Internet leikillisen oppimisen välineenä (2018) Katriina Heljakka, Pirita Ihamäki
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Comicubes-konseptointityökalua kehittämässä: Kartonkikuutiot pelillistämisen, leikillistämisen ja lelullistamisen (tutkimuksen) lähtökohtana (2017) TiedeAreena 2017 Katriina Heljakka, Pirita Ihamäki
(
D2 Article in a professional research book)

Digital natives and cardboard cubes: Co-creating a physical play(ful) ideation tool with preschool children (2017) IDC '17 Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Interaction Design and Children Heljakka Katriina, Ihamäki Pirita
(
A4 Article in conference proceedings)

Stigma Avoidance through Visual Contextualization: Adult Toy Play on Photo Sharing Social Media (2017)
New Media and Society
Heljakka Katriina, Harviainen J. Tuomas, Suominen Jaakko
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

The Sigrid-Secrets Geocaching Trail: Influencing Well-being through a Gamified Art Experience (2017)
CEUR Workshop Proceedings
Proceedings of the 1st International GamiFIN Conference Katriina Heljakka, Pirita Ihamäki
(
A4 Article in conference proceedings)

Workshop on the Internet of Toys – Character Toys with Digital Dimension and Connections (2017) Proceedings of MindTrek2017 Katriina Heljakka, Pirita Ihamäki
(
A4 Article in conference proceedings)

All dolled up, then photoplayed: the fashion-oriented practices of adult doll players in the twenty-first century (2016)
Catwalk: The Journal of Fashion, Beauty, and Style
Katriina Heljakka
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Comicubes – A playful tool to stimulate (design) creativity (2016) Celebration & Contemplation: Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Design and Emotion Katriina Heljakka, Pirita Ihamäki
(
B3 Article in conference proceedings)

Contemporary toys, adults and creative material culture: from wow to flow to glow (2016) Materiality and Popular Culture: The Popular Life of Things Katriina Heljakka
(
A3 Book chapter)

Fifty shades of toys: notions of play and things for play in the Fifty Shades of Grey canon (2016)
Intensities: the Journal of Cult Media
Katriina Heljakka
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

N 61° 29.330 E 021° 47.580”. Sigrid-Secrets: Taide-elämyksiä geokätköillen (2016) TiedeAreena 2016 Katriina Heljakka, Pirita Ihamäki
(
D2 Article in a professional research book)


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