Head of Research Group, Associate Professor
Sara Marie Ertner, PhD, is an assistant professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. Her research focuses on welfare technologies and the interrelated practices of design, policy and care. Her PhD explored practices of ‘infrastructuring design’ through ethnographic studies of the recursive processes of developing collaborative sites for design, and new technological welfare solutions. Her research is situated in the intersection between STS and design research, and a central concern has been to develop mutually constructive links between design and STS research such as on topics related to knowing users, and doing intervention in accountable and generative ways. Other topics of concern are policy and care practices, infrastructures of care and welfare, material practices of design and prototypes.
Giacomo Poderi, PhD in Sociology and Social Research, is assistant professor at the Digital Design Department where he teaches courses on digital culture and user studies at Bachelor and Master levels. Broadly, his research interests concern the interplay between society and Information Technology through the lenses of Science and Technology Studies and Participatory Design. In particular, he has focused extensively on the meaning of participation and the role it plays in mediating use, design, and development aspects of IT. His research approach rests at the intersection between ethnographic interpretive research and research through participatory design.