I am an associate professor in the Interaction Design (IxD) and Digital Media and Communication (DMC) research groups at the IT University of Copenhagen in Denmark. My research is located at the intersection of Information Sciences, Communication Studies and Human Computer Interaction. My work examines how people adapt and integrate an increasingly broad array of information and communication technologies into their daily lives in a variety of cultural contexts, with a special focus on technology adoption and use under conditions of strain. My studies of how people use technologies to maintain personal relationships and to cope with adverse circumstances expose how technology use is deeply shaped by local social and political contexts.
""Un-Googling" Publications: The Ethics and Problems of Anonymization", a paper I co-authored with Janet Vertesi, has been accepted for presentation at alt.chi 2013
"An Urban Encounter: Realizing online connectedness through local urban play", a paper I co-authored with Adriana de Souza e Silva, has been accepted for publication in the Information Communication & Society Best of IR13 special issue.
"Secretly Political: Civic Engagement in Online Publics in Kazakhstan", a paper I co-authored with Bjarki Valtysson, has been published in the Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media special issue on Socially Mediated Publicness. open access download
"Disclosure, ambiguity & risk reduction in real-time dating sites" a paper I co-authored with Mark Handel, has honorable mention for the best paper award at GROUP 2012
The application for Interaction Design for a Good Life - as a strategic research area at the ITU has been funded! Together with Anna Vallgårda I will be managing this research initiative.
Paul Dourish and I are in the final year of our NSF grant entitled "From local ties to transnational connections: The role of computer-mediated communication in relational maintenance". The first two years saw successful completion of three months of fieldwork across seven fieldsites in Russia and Kazakhstan with several publications based on that data. I am hard at work desiging the final year of fieldwork and a lot of writing.