Joanna Saad-Sulonen

Joanna Saad-Sulonen

Associate Professor

IT University of Copenhagen
Rued Langgaards Vej 7
DK-2300 Copenhagen S

Building: 4F23-4T47

Phone: +45 72185106

Information Desk: 72185000

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Research areas

I am interested in the topic of participation, particularly in the way civic participation intersects with participation in the design of digital services and technology. I am curious about possibilities for commons-based and communal IT as well as understanding the processes of participatory IT design as they unfold over time. Empirically, I have studied the way groups of citizens self-organize around topics of interests, how they use information technologies for that purpose, and what type of design work is at hand in such configurations. My theoretical and conceptual framework draws from Scandinavian participatory design, design research, civic participation, the commons, and computer supported collaborative work. I am working with concepts such as artifact ecologies, infrastructures/infrastructuring, and commons/commoning. I usually follow an ethnographic approach, often combined with participatory design interventions, to collect rich qualitative data. 

In terms of societal and industry impact, I aim through my research to bring forward a democratic sensitivity to the design of digital services and IT and digitalisation more broadly, in and across the private and public sectors, highlighting the need to engage people as citizens that have agency in shaping their digital landscapes. I am also interested in what could the role of the participatory design researcher be in such contexts.


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    Research areas

  • Civic engagement, Co-design, Participatory Design, Design research, Ethnography, Service Design, Commons, Urban issues, CSCW, Digitalization, Social design

Research outputs (14)

  1. Published

    Setting the stage for the participatory design of public e-services: public libraries as hosts of Civic Innovation Centres.

    Research output: Contribution to conference - NOT published in proceeding or journalPaperResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Configuring Devices for Phenomena in-the-Making

    Research output: Journal Article or Conference Article in JournalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    On DIY Cloth Face Masks and Scalar Relationships in Design

    Research output: Conference Article in Proceeding or Book/Report chapterArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review

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Research Activities (8)

  1. Round Table on Commoning and Designing

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

  2. Responsible Digitalisation debate at Digital Tech Summit

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

  3. Designing Commons and Commoning Design

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

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