Natalia Villaman

Doctoral Researcher, Masters of Arts and Design, Bachelors in Graphic Design and Advertisement


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Description of research and teaching

Natalia Villaman is a doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Social Sciences and part of the Teaching Team for the Design for Government course at Aalto University. Her research focuses on dissecting the 'Finnish paradox' of democratic participation, emphasizing the pivotal role of facilitation for citizen competence. Her interest lies in informing policy and strategic decisions, contributing to enhancing democratic participation and addressing imbalances in citizen engagement.

Previously, I have completed my Master's Degree in Creative Sustainability at Aalto University's Department of Design, where I conducted research on creating connections between design, social and political sciences. I explored the notion of resistance in participatory instances by creating links how power and politics are exert when it comes to facilitation.

Research interests

Interested in: Participation, political sociology, democratic theories, power, facilitation, mediation, social design, and participatory design.

Curriculum vitae

Originally a designer specialized in graphic design and advertisement, as well as a (inter)cultural mediator of political processes, I carry out my work in a multidisciplinary manner mostly. Throughout the years, I have worked as a communicator, public speaker, guest lecturer, designer and researcher for different initiatives related mostly to human rights, sustainable development, political lobbying and advocacy, as well as education and research.

Education/Academic qualification

Sustainability, Masters of Art and Design in Creative Sustainability, Aalto University

Award Date: 28 May 2020

Cultural Mediation, Cultural Mediator, ICOTEA

Award Date: 8 Jan 2018

Graphic Design and Advertisement, Bachelor's in Graphic Design and Advertisement, Escuela de Artes Aplicadas Lino E. Spilimbergo

Award Date: 3 Mar 2016

External positions

Research Assistant, Aalto University

7 Mar 2022 → …

Fields of Science

  • 5171 Political Science
  • 5141 Sociology
  • 518 Media and communications
  • 6132 Visual arts and design

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.