Cindy Kohtala is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Design, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Her research focuses on grassroots communities who explore digital fabrication technologies and processes in devoted spaces – Fab Labs – and how these communities address sustainability issues in their ideologies and practices. She also lectures and writes about sustainable Product-Service-System design, open design, distributed economies and urban activism.


Selected publications

Kohtala, C., 2015. Addressing sustainability in research on distributed production: an integrated literature review. Journal of Cleaner Production 106, 654–668.

Kohtala, C., Hyysalo, S., 2015. Anticipated environmental sustainability of personal fabrication. Journal of Cleaner Production 99, 333–344.

Vezzoli, C., Ceschin, F., Diehl, J.C., Kohtala, C., 2015. New Design Challenges to Widely Implement “Sustainable Product-Service Systems.” Journal of Cleaner Production 97, 1–12.

Hyysalo, S., Kohtala, C., Helminen, P., Mäkinen, S., Miettinen, V., Muurinen, L., 2014. Collaborative futuring with and by makers. CoDesign 10, 209–228.

Kohtala, C., Bosqué, C., 2014. The Story of MIT-Fablab Norway: Community Embedding of Peer Production. Journal of Peer Production, http://peerproduction.net/issues/issue-5-shared-machine-shops/peer-reviewed-articles/the-story-of-mit-fablab-norway-community-embedding-of-peer-production/

Vezzoli, C., Kohtala, C., Srinivasan, A., Diehl, J.C., Fusakul, S.M., Xin, L., Sateesh, D., 2014. Product-Service System Design for Sustainability. Greenleaf Publishing, Sheffield, UK.