Helena Kraff

About Helena Kraff

I work as a researcher and senior lecturer at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts. My main research focus lies in the exploration of participatory practices within and outside the field of design. My research is often action based, transdisciplinary and done in collaboration with scholars and practitioners from other disciplines and fields.

Most project where I explore participation are within the area of sustainable tourism development. Former project has dealt with participatory community-based tourism development projects in a Kenyan context, and the role of tourism in labour market integration. In the current research project, TiMS, I explore the role of tourism in multicultural societies.

Present in all projects is the interrelation between critical perspectives on the one side, and pragmatic and transformative aims on the other.

I am also engaged in the cross-faculty research centre, Centre for tourism

In my teaching focus is mainly placed within the master program Embedded Design at the Design unit. Embedded design explores future design positions, and how these are integrated in various organizational setting in which designers incorporate their critical perspectives as well as transformative aims for organizational and societal development.