About

I’m a cultural anthropologist at the University of Oulu, Finland. Currently I work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Ubiquitous Computing, in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

My professional background is colored by interdisciplinarity. For the last seven years, I have been conducting interdisciplinary research on urban environments and emerging and new technology with computer scientists, HCI researchers, architects and interaction designers. I have worked within diverse fieldwork settings and participated in planning several design related empirical studies. I defended my PhD thesis in March of 2015. In my thesis, I studied the design and appropriation processes of novel urban technologies by combining ethnography and methods of design studies.

In short, my main focus areas are technology design and technology appropriation/domestication processes, cities, media and visual culture. I’m driven by the firm belief that ethnography and anthropology provide perspectives which can help us to create more sustainable, versatile and socially inclusive (urban) futures. Furthermore, I find it important to  investigate how critically oriented anthropological thinking – with its capability to challenge normative structures and self-evident “truths” – can be successfully combined with design research.

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