Toy researcher and toying artist Katriina Heljakka’s (D.A. in visual culture, M.Sc. art history and economics) doctoral thesisPrinciples of adult play(fulness) in contemporary toy cultures. From Wow to Flow to Glow was examined at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture on the 8th of June 2013. Heljakka currently holds a post-doc researcher position at University of Turku (digital culture studies) and continues her research on the cultures of play. She serves as a member of the board for ITRA (International Toy Research Association), as chairwoman for the Women in Toys, Entertainment and Licensing organization (WIT) and works at the family company Tactic Games in Finland.
Personal website: http://akav.dk