Uppsala University

The rise of infodemiology

In today’s globalized world, computer systems are increasingly central for the detection of disease outbreaks: they track and analyze data, they alert to unusual events, and they make possible earlier detection of disease outbreaks. However, outbreak surveillance is currently undergoing a momentous shift from traditional epidemiology to “infodemiology”. The word infodemiology points to a transformation where traditional epidemiological assessments are being complemented with new forms of information gathering and computer processing.

The purpose of this project is to investigate how the emergence of infodemiology is creating new ways of knowing and working with outbreak surveillance.

Funded by the Swedish Research Council.

Trials of value

In this project we focus how scientists in practice answer the question “What knowledge is worth pursuing?”. The purpose of this project is to investigate the practices of research design in biomedical experiments to understand how the economic, scientific, and medical are intertwined in research design. Here we wish to examine the economic as an important part of determining what questions can, and cannot, be addressed in subsequent experiments.

The Trials of value project is a collaborative project with CF Helgesson.

Funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

Standardizing Abnormality

This project deals with the standardization of abnormality through the lens of surveillance of congenital malformations. It traces the birth of the Swedish register for congenital malformations through interviews, media images, and archival material. Theoretically, the project draws on valuation studies as well as classic work on infrastructures and standardization within the field of Science and Technology Studies.

The project is part of the project Medicine at the Borders of Life led by Solveig Jülich.