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Technology Studies Research Group

Technology Studies Research Group

This research group explores how technological systems and equipments emerge and become embedded or used in social contexts. When technology plays an important role in all human activities, interdisciplinary research is needed to analyse social, cultural, political, ethical and economic implications of new technological systems for people. Increasingly computer-supported health care, education, manufacturing, services and urban settings create challenges for analysing new practices and ideals in technologized work and leisure environments. The research of the group is characterized by analysing issues of embodiment, lived experience, emotions and affects within larger cultural and economic contexts of technologies. The research group is also focused on tensions between global economic systems and local issues and agencies, e.g. how to support cultural diversity, social inclusion, gender equality and environmental sustainability. The key research areas include embodied interaction technology, the gendered nature of technology, mobile work, crowd sourcing and different forms of self-organized and collaborative entrepreneurship, technology policies, democratisation of technological culture, algorithmic power in the society, big data, robotics technology, smart cities/environmental planning, and education and health technologies. Methodologically the group relies on a diversity of approaches, emphasis on ethnography as conceptual and narrative analysis of various kinds of qualitative material.

 

 
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