Mari Mäkiranta is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lapland, Faculty of Art and Design, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Jyväskylä, Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies. In 2008 she earned her doctoral degree related on autobiographical and self-portrait photography art. Between 2010-2014 she conducted a postdoctoral research project, exploring young people’s living environments in different European countries. In addition, Mäkiranta is involved in Participatory Development with the Youth project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The project aims to endorse human development in South Africa’s and Namibia’s SAN-communities by using arts-based methods and service design tools. Mäkiranta’s work has focused on socially engaged visual arts, feminist theories and arts-based research. She is a Principal Investigator in the Academy of Finland awarded Floating Peripheries – Making Sense of the Place sub-project (2017-2021). Her case study focuses on marginalized spaces, affective encounters and gendered violence in Arctic communities. Mäkiranta is the member of board for international and national editorial boards and academic communities. She has written several peer-reviewed articles and books and curated and exhibited art works in national and international contexts. She intertwines communal, embodied, experimental and multisensory expressions in her art practices.