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Lars Rune Christensen



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Personlig profil


Research interests

Digital Technologies in Work Practice, Techno-anthropology for Design, Health Care, Digitisation of Public and Private Services, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Co-design, Service design, ICT for Africa 


Lars Rune Christensen’s research is focused on the intersection between information technology, anthropology, and ethnography and is mostly published within the area of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). Current focus is on developing a systematic, conceptual foundation for understanding, designing and implementing computational artifacts in cooperative work. The research is based on empirical studies of how practitioners understand, develop, and use material artifacts in work practices within e.g. health care, public and private services, global interaction as well as in Africa. In addition, his research also includes work on welfare technologies for example in the context of providing senior citizens the opportunity to stay longer in their own homes.


Current research

Cross-organisational user journeys in relation to divorce and family breakups in a service design perspective 

The research project is a joint venture partnering the IT-University of Copenhagen and ATP. The purpose is to explore cross-organisational user journeys in relation to divorce and family breakups. In the project efforts are made to address the challenges that citizens and publics authorities face when citizens and their cases travel across organisational boundaries. The project employs e.g. co-design and service design methods. The research is carried out by Post Doc Christian Østergaard Madsen (ITU/ATP) and Associate Professor Lars Rune Christensen (ITU).


TRACE - new treatment of epilepsy with a digital device

In a new project with Rigshospitalet and Professor Anne Sabers, Associate Professors Lars Rune Christensen and Lene Nielsen will test and improve a new device for prevention of epileptic seizures. The Danish Epilepsy Association is funding the project. See:



Computational artefacts increasingly penetrate all spheres of life, not only in the shape of computational versions of traditional tools (e.g., typewriters and cameras) but also in the form of computational regulation of human interaction. Pertinent examples of such coordination technologies are electronic calendar systems and workflow management systems. This is a radically new phenomenon in human history, but in spite of its huge economic and social importance we have no sound conceptual foundation for dealing with it: designing such artefacts, understanding their advantages and disadvantages, and organizing their use. Thus, the objective of this project is to develop a systematic, conceptual foundation for understanding, designing and implementing computational coordination technologies in cooperative work settings, based upon empirical studies. CompArt is a collaborative project between the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School, and the IT University of Copenhagen. See:


PhD student

• Jannik Friberg (2016 - ) “Robots as Welfare Technology in Japan and Denmark”.


Other activities

Lars Rune Christensen is, and has been, active in program committees for the following conferences: ECSCW 2013, 2015; ACM CSCW 2015, 2016; COOP 2012, 2014, 2016; Infrahealth 2011, 2013, 2015. C&T 2017. ACM Group 2018.

Furthermore, Lars Rune Christensen is a member of ‘The Danish Disability Council’, where he is a voice on technology in the life of persons with disabilities. The Council’s tasks are to monitor the situation of disabled people in society, in view of UN Convention on Rights for Persons with Disabilities. The Council acts as an advisory body to Government and Parliament on issues relating to disability policy, including information technology. The Council can take initiatives and propose changes in areas affecting the life of disabled people and their living conditions.


Selected publications

Christensen, L.R. (2016). On Intertext in Chemotherapy: an Ethnography of Text in Medical Practice. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW): The Journal of Collaborative Computing and Work PracticesVolume 25, Issue 1, pp 1-38

Christensen, L.R. & Harper, R.H. (2016). The Many Faces of Computational Artifacts. COOP 16: 12th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems, Trento, Italy, May 22th – May 27th 2016.

Christensen, L.R. & Bertelsen, O.W. (2015). A View of Causation for CSCW: Manipulation and Control in the Material Field of Work. In Wulf, V.; Randall, D.; Schmidt, K. (eds): Designing Socially Embedded Technologies in the Real-World, Springer, London, 2015.

Christensen, L. R. (2015). Intertext: On Connecting Text in the Building Process. In Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW), Oslo, 19 - 23 September, 2015. Edited by N. Boulus-Rødje, G. Ellingsen, T. Bratteteig, M. Aanestad, and P. Bjorn, pp. 103-123: Springer, London.

Christensen, L.R. & Bjørn, P. (2014). Documentscape: Intertextuality, Sequentiality & Autonomy at Work. CHI '14: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Toronto, Canada, April 26th – Maj 1st, 2014.

Christensen, L.R. (2014). Techno-anthropology for Design, In Børsen, T. & Botin, L. (eds.) What is Techno-anthropology? Aalborg University Press.

Christensen, L.R., Jensen, R.E. & Bjørn, P. (2014). Creating Relation Work: Characteristics for Local and Global Collaboration. COOP 14: 11th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems, Nice, France, May 27th – May 30th 2014.

Christensen, L. R. (2013). Coordinative Practices in the Building Process: An Ethnographic Perspective. Springer. London.

Christensen, L.R. (2013). On Text in Oncology. Paper presented at The 4th international workshop on Infrastructures for Healthcare, Tromsø, Norway, 13/06/13 - 14/06/13

Christensen, L. R. (2014). Practices of Stigmergy in the Building Process. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW): The Journal of Collaborative Computing and Work Practices. Vol.23, Issue 1, Pages 1- 19.

Bossen, C., Christensen, L.R., Grönvall, E., Vestergaard, L.S. (2013). CareCoor: Augmenting the coordination of cooperative home care work. International Journal of Medical Informatics Vol. 82, Issue 5, Pages e189-e199

Christensen, L.R. (2012). The Trouble with ‘Knowledge Transfer’: On Conduit Metaphors and Semantic Pathologies in Our Understanding of Didactic Practice. COOP 2012: 10th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems, Marseille, France, May 29th – June 1st 2012. Springer, London. 111-126.

Christensen, L. R. & Grönvall, E. (2011). Challenges and Opportunities for Collaborative Technologies for Home Care Work. In proceedings of the 12th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, Aarhus, Denmark, September 24-28, 2011. Springer, London. 61-81.

Christensen, L.R. & Grönvall, E. (2011). The Augmented Binder: Supporting Cooperative Home Care Work. In proceedings of 3rd International Workshop Infrastructures in Healthcare, IT- University, Copenhagen, 23rd June – 24 June. 2011.

Bjørn, P. & Christensen, L.R. (2011) Relation work: Creating Socio-technical Connections in Global Engineering. In proceedings of the 12th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, Aarhus, Denmark, September 24-28, 2011. Springer, London. 133-153.

Christensen, L.R. (2011). Revisiting the Practice-Oriented Research Program. In proceedings of the Eleventh Danish HCI Research Symposium, Copenhagen Denmark, November 23rd 2011.

Christensen, L. R. (2010). Next of Kin: Supporting Family Members Taking Care of the Elderly. In Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2010. Munchen, Germany, March 22-25, 2010.

Christensen, L. R. (2008). The Logic of Practices of Stigmergy: Representational Artifacts in Architectural Design. In Proceedings of the 2008 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (San Diego, CA, USA, November 8-12, 2008). CSCW '08. ACM, New York, NY, 559-568.

Christensen, L. R. (2007). Practices of Stigmergy in Architectural Work. In Proceedings of the 2007 international ACM Conference on Conference on Supporting Group Work (Sanibel Island, Florida, USA, November 04 - 07, 2007). GROUP '07. ACM, New York, NY, 11-20.

Christensen, L.R. (2006). Backdrops: The Structural Dimensions of Action at a Hospital. 2006 Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems, Venice, Italy, 2006, Vol. 2. pp. 35-39.

Christensen, L.R. (2006). Work Practice Between the Real and the Really Made Up. Physicality 2006: In Proceedings of The First International Workshop on Physicality, Lancaster University 6-7 February 2006. pp.16-20


Master i it-ledelse

Global Business Informatics


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