I’m a cultural anthropologist at the University of Helsinki, Finland. I recently started working as a postdoctoral researcher at the brand new Institute of Urban and Regional Studies, which is a joint division of three faculties – Faculty of Science, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences. It is an integral part of the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS).
My professional background is colored by interdisciplinarity. For the last eight years, I have been conducting interdisciplinary research on urban environments and on 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 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 – especially the smart city framework, 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.