Research Group

Rachel Douglas-Jones

Head of Lab and Head of TiP Research Group
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.

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.

Katrine Meldgaard Kjær

Katrine is a PostDoc in ETHOS Lab and the Technologies in Practice group. Her current research, under the title 'Controversial Healing' investigates digital discussion, mobilizations and activisms leading up to the trial period for medicinal cannabis to selected patient groups, which started in January 2018. The medicinal cannabis issue has been characterized as a “war between the people and science” in public media.

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

Baki Cakici

“I am associate professor in the Technologies in Practice research group at the IT University of Copenhagen. In my research, I draw on theories from the field of science and technology studies. My research interests include surveillance, politics of numbers, digital state infrastructures, and the history of computing.”

Line Henriksen

Line Henriksen is a postdoctoral researcher at the IT University of Copenhagen, and a member of the Technologies in Practice research group. She holds a PhD in Gender Studies from Linköping University, and an MA in Modern Culture and Cultural Communication from the University of Copenhagen. She is the author of the monograph In the Company of Ghosts – Hauntology, Ethics, Digital Monsters (2016), which explores contemporary digital storytelling practices within the speculative genres. Her research interests include feminist theory, methodology and ethics; monster theory; hauntology; creative writing; and the digital Gothic, such as creepypasta. She is an award-nominated author of speculative fiction, and co-founder of the international research and art network The Monster Network.

Founding Members of the ETHOS LAB

Brit Ross Winthereik

Full professor at The IT University, co-founder of the ETHOS Lab
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.

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.