Bio in English

My name is Anna Haverinen, I’m a digital culture PhD*, freelance lecturer and a Design Anthropologist at Taiste which is a design and development agency focused on mobile-driven digital solutions.

This blog used to be part of my PhD study about online memorials and mourning rituals in web environments, as well as a communication platform about my brief postdoctoral study about online hate and violence. After leaving the university in spring 2016 this blog has been searching its future form. Currently, I use it as a mind mapping tool and a notebook about anthropology and design, and everything in between.

I have a passion for UX and service design, writing and all things digital.

I seek inspiration from people and everything in my work has an anthropological touch: understand the people and the stories they tell you. Why they do what they do and – especially – why they claim to be doing something else that they actually are doing. I work as a UX researcher at a Turku based design and development agency, where I focus on service design, design anthropology and UX research while being part of an awesomely talented design team.

I am passionate about what I do and get easily excited about new ideas. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with various sports from martial arts to Ashtanga yoga, and from boxing to biking. I am a movie buff and I have saved every single of my Finnkino movie tickets since 1993. The sci-fi-geekiness is very strong in me, and one day I hope to find out why the meaning of life is 42.

*In my thesis Memoria Virtualis – death and mourning rituals in online environments I examined the ritual practices of mourning and honoring in various online environments, such as in social media, official memorial website and in gaming environments. (download a free copy of my thesis here)

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