Research Group

Researchers from the ITU who are connected to ETHOS Lab and part of its research group:

Rachel Douglas-Jones

Head of Lab
Rachel Douglas-Jones is an anthropologist, STS scholar and Associate Professor in the Technologies in Practice research group. She has conducted ethnographic studies of the governance and conduct of biomedical research and is most interested in questions of ethics, ethical review and sites of decision making. Further research interests include measures, committees, quantification, bodies, knowledge practices, standardisation, infrastructures of research and international collaborations. See for an overview of current and recent research projects.

Marisa Cohn

Head of Lab
Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) and a member of the Technologies in Practice and Interaction Design research groups. As an interdisciplinary scholar, she brings together anthropological and design-oriented approaches to the study of information systems, drawing on methods from Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies (STS), and Human Computer Interaction (HCI). Her research examines temporal imaginaries of sociotechnical change and how computational systems mediate organizational relationships and practice. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork work across a range of sites from large-scale infrastructures to small technology development teams. She is interested in the role of critical methodologies in anthropology and design, how computational media shape the politics of design and innovation. Keywords: obsolescence, repair, software studies, infrastructure studies

Brit Ross Winthereik

Professor at The IT University, co-founder of the ETHOS Lab and Head of TiP Research Group
My research focuses on innovation in renewable energy and on how energy is made visible. I am interested in how wave energy developers make a case for wave energy and in all the practical work it takes to make wave energy a familiar energy source in modern society. As part of my ethnographic research I conduct methodological experiments and interventions.
Keywords: Science and technology studies (STS), ethnography, anthropology, actor-network theory, ontology, situational analysis, complexity, research-based design and intervention.

Pedro Ferreira

Assistant Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen in the Technologies in Practice (TiP) research group. My research interests draw on Interaction Design, Digital Methods and Ethnographic studies to illuminate the relationship between humans and mobile/data producing technologies, mainly through adopting modes of inquiry, such as ethnomining, that build on data collection methods together with users’ interpretation of their data. I’ve been involved mainly in the fields of HCI and ICTD, exploring different tensions such as between the ideals and visions behind technological interventions in developing regions and playful aspects of technology use.

Mark Elam

Part-time Guest Professor within the Technologies in Practice Research Group at the IT University of Copenhagen
Research Interests: Science and Technology Studies (STS), sociology of innovation, environmental technopolitics, biomedicalisation of health and illness, public communication of science and technology, digital methods and controversy mapping

Lea Schick

Postdoc in the Technologies in Practice research group at the IT University of Copenhagen. My research concerns the role of artistic and creative practices in imagining green energy futures. Working with both energy consumption and production I am interested in how energy data can be visualised and/or materialized in creative ways for the benefit of making energy and the environment emerge as topics of public concern. I am educated within arts and design and my theoretical and analytical orientation is rooted in Science and Technology Studies.

Laura Watts

Laura is an ethnographer, poet, writer, and Associate Professor in Technologies in Practice (TiP), IT University of Copenhagen. For the last fifteen years she has collaborated with the telecoms, transport, and renewable energy industries to reconsider how the future gets made in high-tech industry, and how it might be made otherwise. As a Science Studies (STS) ethnographer, she is interested in the effect of landscape on how the future is imagined and made in everyday practice. How might the future be made differently in different places? As a writer and poet, she is also interested in the effect of different writing practices on future-making. As part of the ‘Alien Energy’ research project, she is currently collaborating with people and places involved in marine energy (wave power and tide power) in the Orkney islands, Scotland, site of European Marine Energy Centre. As part of that collaboration she has published two art books, and is developing a third. She is also author of the 'Energy Walk’ installation at the Danish Wave Energy Centre in Hanstholm, Denmark. Please see her website for details.

Luca Rossi

Assistant Professor at the Communication and Culture research group of the IT University of Copenhagen. He is active in the field of digital research methods for social sciences and social network analysis techniques for social media studies.

Christopher Gad

Associate Professor in the Technologies in Practice research group. His former and present research areas and interests include: Science & Technology Studies. (Post-)Actor-Network Theory. Lateral thinking. Ontological multiplicity and complexity. The promises, aspirations and challenges related to information technologies, digitalization and computational thinking in theory and practice. Ethnographic, virtual, micro-sociological, mixed, and non-foundationalist approaches. Democracy, elections and disability. Bureaucracy and organizational theory. Fisheries inspection and surveillance.

Anna Vallgårda

Head of the IxD lab and Assistant Professor in the Interaction Design research group. Her research is about pushing the boundaries of how we understand and use computers. Through design experiments in the lab and in the field she is looking for new ways to practice and use interaction design.

Gernot Rieder

PhD student at the IT University of Copenhagen in the Technologies in Practice faculty group. His research interests include science policy and funding, the governance of new and emerging technologies, and the politics of methods, especially in the context of Big Data. Additional areas of interest include scientometrics and the history of the automated state. Gernot specializes in actor-network-theory and mixed-methods research.

Christina Neumayer

Assistant Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, in the Communication and Culture research group. Her research interests include digital media and radical politics, social media and activism, social movements and civic engagement, publics and counterpublics, surveillance and monitoring, and mediated political communication. She interested in interdisciplinary concepts and methods to study social media practices.

Lucian Leahu

Assistant Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, in the Interaction Design and Technologies in Practice research groups. His research draws on computer and information science, design, and STS to explore novel ways of relating to technology made possible by the vast and varied kinds of data available today and by computational approaches such as machine learning and big data.

Irina Shklovski

Irina is an associate professor in the Technologies in Practice and Interaction Design (IxD) research groups at the IT University of Copenhagen in Denmark. My research is located at the intersection of Information Sciences, Communication Studies and Human Computer Interaction. My studies of social network structures and in-situ relational practices expose how local context can shape technology adoption and use, and how global networked information flows can, in turn, become part of the local context. I examine how people adapt and integrate an increasingly broad array of information and communication technologies into their daily lives and under conditions of strain.

Ingmar Lippert

Assistant Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) and a member of the Technologies in Practice research group as well as founding member of the independent Environment, Management and Society Research Group. As an interdisciplinary scholar, Ingmar draws on organisational and environmental sociology, critical management studies and science and technology studies (STS). For about 10 years, his research trajectory has focused on multi-method ethnographic investigation of environmental management as work, situated practice, positioned in micro-political economies. His recent work foregrounds the software-hardware-wetware mediated character of environmental data. Ingmar's interest in STS studies of doing environmental realities through digital labour is paralleled by a methodological-reflexive engagement with the digital infrastructures employed in qualitative social and organisational research. His method/ological toolbox encompasses post-actor-network theory/ising (i.e. material semiotics), ethnomethodology, grounded theory and Pierre Bourdieu's work. Other research interests include security and surveillance studies, libertarian theory and practice as well as performativity of economics.

Bastian Jørgensen

Bastian is a PhD fellow at the IT University of Copenhagen. He is part of the research project “Data as Relation: Governance in the age of big data” funded by the Velux Foundation. His PhD project investigates the Danish Tax Agency and their use of prediction and data modelling, and how this shapes and is shaped by organisational logics. Bastian is a former Junior Researcher in ETHOS Lab and can often be seen in the lab tinkering with tools and new methods

Michael Hockenhull

Michael is a PhD Student in the Data as Relation research project and department of Business IT. He was previously manager of the ETHOS Lab, and helped start the lab. Michael's research interests are philosophy of science and technology, digital and experimental methods, data visualisation and digital infrastructures. His PhD project concerns the construction of big data infrastructures in the Copenhagen region, how they are brought about and what their effects are on the city.

jannick Schou

Jannick is a PhD fellow at the IT University of Copenhagen. He is part of the research project “Data as Relation: Governance in the age of big data” funded by the Velux Foundation. His PhD project investigates Danish welfare management and data-driven governance with a focus on how digitalization alters the relation between citizens and the state. He furthermore holds a strong interest in radical politics and political sociology.

Obaida Hanteer

'Obaida Hanteer is a PhD fellow at ITU and part of the VIRT-EU project team. Obaida graduated with honours from the university of Sapienza, Rome where he got his master's degree in computer science engineering. In his PhD research he is working with bridging the gap between computer science and social sciences by designing and implementing community detection algorithms on top of what is known in social sciences as the multi-layered social networks.'

John Mark Burnett

'John is a PhD Fellow at the IT University of Copenhagen. He is part of the research project “Data as Relation: Governance in the age of big data” funded by the Velux Foundation. His PhD project empirically interrogates how big data is brought into everyday life in healthcare with a particular interest in the politics of data and its governance. John’s earlier research has been on open government data—with a similar focus—and has prior to his current position been affiliated to the ETHOS Lab as a junior research supervisor.'

Ester Fritsch

'Ester Fritsch is a PhD fellow in the VIRT-EU research project and department of business IT. Ester holds an M.A. in Anthropology from The University of Copenhagen and her research engages with complex ethical configurations that embrace laws, policy, humans, plants, technologies, data and other influences. She is curious towards how ethics emerges through relational practices unfolding in such hazy intertwinements indicating that ethics might not solely be a human affair, but a more than human matter. For the past five years Ester has explored this through empirical and conceptual inquiries into climate change, energy and agriculture in Denmark and Italy. In VIRT-EU she now seeks to understand how ethics is cultivated and circulated in European IoT ecologies and delves into how ethics is enacted among IoT developers as ethical subjects in continuous becoming.'

Aske Kammer

'Aske Kammer is an Assistant Professor in the Communication and Culture research group. With an empirical focus on the news media, his research explores how "old" institutions and organisations adapt to the "new", digital environment in terms of management, economics, and policies. He is currently researching how third party actors (Facebook, Google, etc.) transform the business models of the media through "resource exchanges".'