New Guest Professor at Designing Human Technologies

Helena Karasti

Helena Karasti

Helena Karasti, professor from Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Sweden, has accepted a position as Guest Professor at Designing Human Technologies. The position is held for one year from August 2015. Helena Karasti is an internationally recognized expert within Participatory Design, Ethnography, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, and Information/Knowledge Infrastructure. In recent years she has contributed to developing a new area of research on ‘infrastructuring’. The guest professorship has been established through a research grant from Velux Visiting Professor Program of Villum Foundation. Helena Karasti will – among other activities – participate in our project  “Clinical Communication”.

Helena Karasti describes her professional background and interests as following:

I got my doctorate in 2001 from University of Oulu, Finland where I have also worked, most recently as Academy of Finland Research Fellow before taking on a professorship at Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Sweden. I have a long-lasting research interest in the integrations of ethnography and participatory design, and an interdisciplinary involvement with anthropology, critical technoscience and science and technology studies. As empirical settings I have most familiarity with healthcare and long-term ecological research (LTER). My prior major international visits include a post doc year at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and a visiting scholar stay at Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS) in Graz, Austria.” 

We are very happy for Helena Karasti’s professorship, and we are looking forward for her arrival at RUC. Helena Karasti’s trip to RUC on August will not be her first time, as she visited before in relation to DHTs doctoral seminars. About her expectations regarding the professorship at DHT, she has the following to say:

“I am eagerly looking forward to meeting, exchanging views and ideas, and collaborating with DHT participants. As I already know some of the DHT people through my previous visits to RUC and the annual DHT doctoral seminars, I’m confident that the year will be both inspiring and productive.”


You can read more about Helena Karasti and her publications here.

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