Junior Researchers Fall2020/Spring2021

Luis Landa

MSc Digital Innovation & Management

Project: What ecological visions of digital technology currently exist and how can they be assessed according to the mitigation and adaption needs for climate change? My research seeks to understand to what extent our current vision of digital technology can be maintained and how some changes for mitigation will lead to different visions of digital technology. From solar-powered websites that are inaccessible when the weather is bad, to low-impact web design that displays images when energy is high, the focus is on what is being done now.

Rikke Haslund Jønsson

Stud. MSc DIgital Innovation & Management

Project: On a higher level of education we are told, that we are more responsible for our own learning than ever before, but few learn how to learn based on their own ideal learning method. “Classic blackboard teaching” works for certain people, but might not be ideal for everyone, and therefore not everyone reaches their full potential.
My research project will look into how we can optimize this process, with a focus on individual learning. And finally creating a perspective for how one can improve the language learning process, which can be very individual and outdated. This is going to include several smaller and more limited research projects, starting with a look into some of the newer learning methods in use at ITU, such as Python Study group or the NavCom Radio.

Casper Blum Frohn

Stud. MSc DIgital Innovation & Management

Project: Activism and social movements have been around for a long time, often coupled with direct and noticeable change within our societies. More recently hashtag activism has taken a pervasive presence on social media – however often criticized for not achieving the same apparent influence as its offline counterpart. I want to study whether hashtag activism might achieve something different – and whether it makes sense to even compare hashtag activism with traditional activism? For what is it that makes hashtag activism an appealing endeavor to take part in? And what are the actual goals of such campaigns? Does it really come down to “successfully” moving boundaries or “failing” to do so – or is there some other productiveness within these networks that are tied together by hashtags? 

Natasja Zandra Nilsson

Stud. MSc DIgital Innovation & Management

Project: Natasja is writing her master thesis on the CPR-registry. The project will be based on ethnographic studies and interviews and draw on themes as classification and subjectivation. The driving force of the project is to explore the entanglements of emotions, experiences, and practices related to CPR.


Benedict Lange

Intern in ETHOS LAB Fall 2020 semester
Stud. M.A. Responsibility in Science,
Engineering and Technology(RESET) at Munich Centre for Technology in Society (MCTS)

Project (MSc thesis):
Perception of technologies within Hackathons
In all potential areas, hackathons are getting a more and more popular event format to work on societal challenges and come up with solutions. These solutions often consist of technologies like web platforms or apps that are to be created within a limited time frame.

This project aims to understand how people perceive technology as a means to solve societal challenges and to understand why technology is chosen over other possible measures.

The hackathon “#wirvsvirus” that was conducted by the German federal government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic will be used as an empirical subject. Therefore, several interviews with participants will be conducted to make sense of the data that was collected along with the hackathon like descriptions of challenges and project descriptions.  A special focus will be set on the “solution enabler” program, which was launched by the federal government after the event itself to support evolved projects on their way to become sustainable products and solutions.