Dr. Minder is an active member of the international design research community. She maintains a steady exchange with the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad and publishes regularly in important design journals (I.e., She Ji) and at significant conferences (for example, Design Research Society). In Switzerland, she serves as appointed member of the Expert Committee of the Swiss Leading House for South Asia & Iran at the ZHAW, a group mandated by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). In 2020, she has been elected to serve on the board of the KUKA-Kinder- und Kulturatelier in Emmen (2020). The Bern University of the Arts (HKB) draws on her expertise for the written Bachelor thesis Visual Communication in its expert committee. She has initiated and led a number of projects funded by third parties, including MOVETIA (Swiss Universities). Since its foundation in 2012, she has been an essential member of the interdisciplinary CreaLab – The Future Lab at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (LUASA) that develops and advances creative collaborative methods. In 2015, she became a co-founder of the Interspin CreaLab, which continues as a non-profit Spin-off organization.
At LUASA, Dr. Minder currently pursues her post-doctoral design research. She also fills the role of deputy head for the Competence Centre Design & Management. Despite lacking a mandate for teaching, her concern for education and student engagement sees her working with the expert committee for the written thesis of the MA Design and the D&K wide PhD Preparation Colloquium. Her extensive teaching record includes courses in the Social Lab summer school and in the ISA (university-wide interdisciplinary) modules.
Dr. Minder received her BA and MA in Slavic Languages and Literature, Film Studies, German Literature from the University of Zurich. She holds a PhD in Innovation Management from Aalborg University, which she completed at the Centre for Industrial Production under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Astrid Heidemann Lassen. The title of her doctoral dissertation is The Perceived Attractiveness of the Designer in Innovation Processes. In addition, Dr. Minder is a certified legal interpreter for Russian-German-Russia with a Swiss diploma in Graphic Design (BIGA).
02/2017 – today: Full-time design research and lecturer Lucerne University of Applied Sciences & Arts, Department Art and Design
2012 - today: Member of the CreaLab – the University's Future Lab
2016 - Visiting Research Scholar, Aalborg University, Center for Industrial Production (CIP), Denmark, May - July 2016 (3 month)
Research stay from September 2017 till December 2017 at the2015 – today: Founding member of the University Spin-Off, Interspin CreaLab
03/2007 – 01/ 2017: Researcher (WiMa), Competence Centre Visual Narration, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences & Arts
06/2006 – 06/2007: Part-time teaching Assistant in Bachelor Graphic Design, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences & Arts
11/2018: Aalborg University, Center for Industrial Production (CIP), PhD in Design & Innovation Management, defence date: 16. November 2018. Title of Dissertation: The Perceived Attractiveness of the Designer in Innovation Processes
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Astrid Heidemann Lassen
11/2006 – 07/2007: Zurich University of Applied Sciences/ Certificate of legal interpreting (Russian-German-Russian)
09/1997 – 12/2005: University of Zurich (Lic. phil I/Master of Art UZH), Bachelor and Master Slavic Languages and Literature, Film Studies, German Literature
08/1992 – 08/1996: BIGA (Federal Office for Industry, Trade, and Labor) Swiss Graphic Design Apprenticeship Diploma
09/1991 – 07/1992: Ecole des Beaux Arts Sion, Design Foundation Course.
1987-1991: Kantonsschule Stadelhofen, Swiss Matura (Typus L)