Tina is a German social designer based in Amsterdam. In 1996 she studied graphic design at Academy of Fine Art & Design St. Joost, Breda and completed in 1999 her master’s degree in Design at Sandberg Institute Amsterdam. In 2009 she participated in a premaster in anthropology at the VU Amsterdam, followed by an Erasmus exchange at the University of KU Leuven, Belgium. In 2017 she completed a master’s degree in Art Education at the Amsterdam University of the Arts. Tina is currently discussing setting up the minor Design Anthropology in collaboration with HKU & Utrecht University.
Tina is senior lecturer at HKU Utrecht School of the Arts, visiting professor at CAFA Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing and guest lecturer at BIFT Beijing Institute for Fashion & Technology. From 2009 to 2019 she was lecturer Social Design VEGA school Durban, teacher Moving Design – Human Matters – ArtEZ Zwolle, supervisor final exam students AKV | St. Joost and tutor minor Cultural Diversity WdKA Rotterdam.
She organizes fieldwork based on Participatory Action Research [PAR], Culture Sensitive Design and conducts artistic research together with students, residents and other participants. Her research is grounded on the following principles of design anthropology: local participation and collaboration, forward-looking, holism, performative, iterative, transdisciplinary, transformation, evaluation and unfolding of possibilities (Miller, 2018).