Melanie Augusta Sarantou Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Melanie Augusta Sarantou

PhD Visual Art/Post Doctorate Researcher
Faculty of Art and Design, University of Lapland

Melanie Sarantou is a senior researcher at the University of Lapland. Her research draws on social design and arts-based research in marginalised communities. Her intense involvement in Namibian craft and design development spanned over two decades. This included mapping this field in her PhD research (2010-2013), lecturing Design and Fashion at the University of Namibia (1997-2007) and business development with Namibian women entrepreneurs and SMEs (2005-2009).

Subjects: Research Methods


I currently work as a post-doctorate researcher for the Profiling Area 2 Project for Arctic Art and Design at the University of Lapland where I coordinate the Arctic Design Lab for the DESIS Network. I am a member of the Service Design Research Group of the University of Lapland. My current research focuses on social design and arts-based research in marginalised communities. Additional roles include HDR student supervision in Service Design. In my previous post-doctorate research project, Margin to Margin, I engaged in an international research and art collaboration between artist communities of Murmansk in Russia, Rovaniemi in Finland and Port Augusta in Australia. The goal of the project is to study how art empowers women living in marginal conditions. The research and art explores concepts of marginality, which in this project is defined by conditions of isolation and migration, emphasised by the geography of the project in the arctic and far south. My first two degrees I obtained was in Fashion Design, which remains my passion, yet I now view fashion through the lens of community-based research and art.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Arts-based Research, Social Design, Fashion Design

Personal Interests

    Improvisatory practices, Textile Design, Service Design, Wellbeing, Postcoloniality and Decolonisation



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