Uppsala University

Bio

I am a researcher and associate professor at the Department of History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala University in Sweden. My primary research interests lie in the politics, practices and technologies of knowledge. I work in the interdisciplinary tradition Science and Technology Studies. My work draws on sociology, anthropology, history of science, cultural studies, and media studies. My work has dealt with the valuation of knowledge in the biosciences, epistemic standards in education, and exclusion in socio-technical processes.

I’m currently studying the valuation of biomedical knowledge in the project Trials of Value (PI: CF Helgesson). I am in the startup phase of two projects: The Rise of Infodemiology (PI: Francis Lee) which studies the increasing use of social data in epidemiological disease surveillance, and Medicine at the Borders of Life (PI: Solveig Jülich) which studies the historical emergence of ethics in foetal research.

My work on disease surveillance aims to examine how computer algorithms—seen as social and cultural devices—constitute and value people, disease, and risks in epidemiological practice. Do new ideas about disease and medical intervention emerge with the introduction of new technologies and new data? My work on the emergence of ethical controversy in foetal research aims to compare arguments about the value of life in human foetal research, animal research, and agricultural practices in Sweden.

 

I have published in for example Science, Technology & Human Values; Science as Culture; and History and Technology. I have co-edited the volume Value Practices in the Life Sciences (Oxford University Press, 2015). I am curently working on a co-authored monograph provisionally titled Trials of Value, which will be offered to Duke University Press.

I have received research grants for studying the valuation of biomedical knowledge (3,5 MSEK; co-applicant), for creating a network on Algorithms as Valuation Devices (450 TSEK; PI), and for creating a summer school on Algorithms in Society (230 TSEK; PI).

I am a member of the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed journal Valuation Studies. I am co-founder of the academic network Algorithms as Devices of Power and Valuation. I have been a visiting scholar at Lancaster University and University of Edinburgh, UK.

I have worked as director of studies for the PhD program in Technology and Social Change, as well as the assistant director of studies for the international MA in Science, Technology, and Society. I have taught extensively in for example Science, Technology, and Society; Social Studies of Environmental Science; and Gender and Technology. I have developed several courses on the MA and PhD level.

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