Tiina Vainio
Dr. Science (Economics)


tiina.vainio@utu.fi








Areas of expertise
Textual; Humanities supplementing techno-science

Biography

As a Senior Scholar in textual studies I've found it enriching to work on several sectors of the society. My bio in short is the one of a Finnish Design marketing executive having returned to the School of Economics for a Dr. Sc. My doctoral thesis evolves round the everyday of Finnish Design, and questions naming in economics, metaphysics and spacing sense. In order to further my studies in textual scholarship, and embrace the Humanities through Literature and Language, I continued my academic path at the University of Helsinki. 

For a period of 20 years, I have presented papers at several international conferences crossing Cultural Studies, Design, Architecture, Aesthetics and Urban Studies, not to forget my founding membership at the European Chapter of the International Association of Feminist Economics. 

Teaching remains close to my heart. At the University of Helsinki, my pioneering lecture series and workshop on Crossroads for Feminist Economics was kindly produced by the Christina Institute for Women's Studies. A meaningful piece of my CV as a teacher can be traced to several elementary schools on the coastline of Helsinki.




Research

My doctoral thesis evolves round the everyday of Finnish Design, and questions naming in economics, metaphysics and spacing sense. In order to further my studies in textual scholarship, and embrace the Humanities through Literature and Language, I keep publishing and close reading Design, Architecture, Urban Studies, City Planning and Politics. 


This research project focuses on the questions of suburbia through the lenses and on the skin of elementary education pro activists; students and their teachers. How does an elementary school inscribe and disseminate its environment? How do the voiced points, traces of identities, languages heard and spoken breathe, affect and represent this place? What are the multimodal notes applied and cherished? How are the lines drawn and the spaces of one’s own inhabited? Who is in and who is out? Why and where does distancing matter? 


I will be arguing for a shift towards equality and equity driven practices in co-creation of not only cities but of the elementary education system pro activists; the ones having helped this research to come along, empowered by each own’s zip code as one’s cultural markers extraordinaire. Diversities of all kinds and diasporas of many translations should not arise as news for urban studies any more. The discussion lies in them.

Some preliminary findings – via initial interviews and my ten years elementary school teacher's experience – suggest a safe haven having been co-created on the western shores of Vuosaari in Helsinki. The reference points at the original, one of the first elementary schools in Finland having welcomed a mass of some other than Finnish as first language speaking children to start their academic path of growing as Finnish citizens, together. Finland is growing in diversity and diaspora. What would it take to keep co-creating elementary schools as safe havens stripped from skin color i.e. as racism free study nooks in each of the neighbourhoods cross the country? 

Research under construction with a tentative title: 

Varissuo 20610 Turku and Vuosaari 00980 Helsinki inscribed and disseminated with students' and teachers' help  at an elementary school in each zip



Teaching

Teaching remains close to my heart. At the University of Helsinki, my pioneering lecture series and workshop on Crossroads for Feminist Economics was kindly produced by the Christina Institute for Women's Studies.

A meaningful piece of my CV as a teacher can be traced to several elementary schools on the coastline of Helsinki  teaching Finnish and Literature, History and other subjects.




Last updated on 2021-18-09 at 02:16