The projects listed can either be doctoral thesis, projects or research projects. In some cases the projects belong to more than one of the four main profile areas of the research division of TechnoScience Studies.
Science and society have both become transgressive invading each others domains, and policy questions are enhanced into political questions. A third, more interactive policy model is emerging figured in transdiscursive terms like strategic science, innovation system, postnormal science, technoscience, mode 2, agora.
The reality producing dynamics of the mobile artefact - a feminist technoscientific practice of entangled methodology and controversy
Linda Paxling - PhD project
The research objective is a feminist and postcolonial technoscientific exploration of how the mobile phone is changing the reality producing dynamics in various contexts.
The research aim is to confront power structures that continue to reside in the infrastructures of technology and development and create alternative realities that cross (imaginary) boundaries between stakeholders working with mobile technologies.
My empirical material is intermeshed between everyday practices and epistemological concerns. I experiment with ethnographic, action-oriented and participatory methods to address commonalities and differences, and foremost controversies, in the infrastructuring of mobile technologies and development. I entangle conversations with representatives from mobile companies in Uganda, UN policies on the post-MDG goals and open space workshops on mobile futures with the attempt to visualize the infrastructuring between knowledge production and the embodied mobile artifact.
f we imagine another reality with another set of stakeholders - Who could they be and how would their reality immerse with figurations of participation, democracy and equality? What would the design process look like?
Keywords: feminist technoscience, postcolonial technoscience, cyborg anthropology, mobile phone, M4D, ICT4D, design ethnography, intersectionality.
Complexity and Depth in Contemporary Media
Peter Giger, R&D project
Innovative clusters closing the gap between University and Society in East Africa. A living proof of Mode 2 excellence?
Birgitta Rydhagen, project manager, Lena Trojer, R&D project
Universities in East Africa collaborate in innovative cluster initiatives in diverse locations in knowledge production in the context of application. This means that scientific researchers participate in socio-economic development and poverty reduction by developing knowledge in close collaboration with actors in local communities, with business and Government. The umbrella organization PACF (Pan African Competitiveness Forum) provides a supportive structure and facilitates collaboration between cluster groups in different African countries.
The study focuses on two cases where cluster initiatives develop innovative solutions to address changing situations - climate change, increasing global market competition, deteriorating natural resources and an increasing need for diversified income generation among women and men. One case is the Tanzanian Zanzibar cluster for seaweed production. The other case is salt production cluster in lake Katwe, Uganda. Both clusters aim towards increasing product quality and product diversity to increase the income, and at the same time improve social conditions for workers and their families. Many of the participants are women.
The main aim is to study how innovative clusters can foster timely implementation of knowledge products with socioeconomic relevance. Focus is on the research component, since socioeconomic development is part of the strategic policies of universities in Uganda and Tanzania. The project includes focus group discussions and participatory exercises with PACF key persons and cluster members.
Early 2014, an anthology with invited chapters by PACF key persons and cluster members was published. Final report was submitted to Sida.
Epistemological Issues in Computer Science Education from Gender Research Perspectives
Christina Björkman, research, quiescent
This is a project with university teachers in computer science at a Swedish university. The focus of the project is gender, knowledge and learning in computer science, and the project aims to deepen the teachers knowledge and experience in these areas in order to develop their teaching.
In the longer perspective, this concerns how to make computer science more interesting to a larger group of people than is the case today. This can be accomplished by, for example, discussing issues such as what computer is, and how it is presented, and to learn to respect and accommodate greater diversity among students and their backgrounds, interests, motives and understandings.
From Government to e-Government: skills, gender, learning and technology
Pirjo Elovaara, research project
The project intends to develop an arena for deliberations on information technology and learning, where the design perspective (regarding both technology and teaching and instructing) and learning in the field e-government is woven together.
The aim is thus to develop and test various forms of support for learners and knowledge formation, which may be relevant for developing and applying information technology in the public sector. The main interest is to examine how one might develop and apply web-based distance education as a resource in this connection.
Theoretical Frameworks for ProduSer Oriented Design for Digital Media
Peter Ekdahl, R & D project
Exploring æffect in media practises
Linus de Petris, PhD project
Feminist TechnoScience and a Shared Fragile Future
- challenging the epistemological infrastructure in technology
Lena Trojer, R&D project
The research, which is mainly practice driven in developing countries, brings forward discussions on how we, as researchers in technoscience, are deeply involved in technological transformation processes through our knowledge production.
The focus is turned towards the knowledge production itself and the university as partner in distributed research processes. The contemporary situation is understood as circumstances, where the boundaries between universities, industry, public sector and other kind of institutions, organisations and authorities are exceedingly hazy concerning knowledge production and evolving into complex co-evolving processes.
The discussion is kept to the role and accountability and responsibility of the actors at the universities. There is an emphasis on the need for selfreflection / diffraction in technological transformation processes as far as scientists are concerned. The ontoepistemologcal base for this research is found in feminist technoscience.