Signe Louise Yndigegn

Head of Research Group

Signe Louise Yndigegn (, PhD, is Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. Her research is placed in the intersection of Ethnography, Participatory Design and Science and Technology Studies. It focuses on design and use of digital technology in different constellations of older people, public institutions and welfare services especially within questions of loneliness, civic engagements, active ageing, and digitalisation processes. In her PhD dissertation, drawing on a theoretical framework of STS and Participatory Design, she explored resistance, participation and infrastructuring in a public social innovation project. Signe is Co-Head of the Master program Digital Design and Interactive Technologies – and have been teaching at ITU for many years in Ethnography, Qualitative research, Philosophy of Science and Co-design.

Relevant recent publications:

  • Yndigegn, S. L., Malmborg, L., Foverskov, M., & Brandt, E. (2021). Beyond the Living Lab: Scaling Social Innovation. NORDES Conference 2021 
  • Siira, E., Yndigegn, S., Rolandsson, B., Wijk, H. & Wolf, A. (2020). Co-production of Peer-to-Peer Care Practices. The Case of a Social Innovation in Elderly Care. TECNOSCIENZA Italian Journal of Science and Technology Studies 11 (2) pp. 73-92 
  • Huybrechts, L., Hendriks, N., Yndigegn, S. L. & Malmborg, L. (2018) Scripting: an exploration of designing for participation over time with communities, CoDesign, 14(1), 17-31 
  • Yndigegn, S. L. (2016). Managing resistance and negotiating co-design – Reflection on troublesome and elusive moments. PhD Dissertation, IT University of Copenhagen, February 2016

Morten Hjelholt

Morten Hjelholt is Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. He is heading the section Digital Societies and participation. His research deals primarily with digital welfare, digitalisation and digital divides. Morten participates actively in the social debate. This is achieved through active participation in a broad political network, as requested speaker and as appointed council member in the Central Disability Council under the Ministry of Social Affairs.

Recent publications:

  • Hjelholt, M og Kickbusch, J “Det skal du ordne på nettet – om digitalt udsatte ældre” CDR forlag, 2021.
  • Schou, J and Hjelholt, M “Digitalization and public sector transformation”, Palgrave Macmillan 2018
  • Hjelholt and Schou “Den digitale borger” Hans Reitzel forlag, 2018.

Sara Marie Ertner

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.

Relevant publications:

  • Ertner, SM and Winthereik, BR (Manuscript submitted for publication, 2021) Concepts of care in practice: active ageing policy and its shadows. 
  • Ertner, SM (2019) Enchanting, Evoking, and Affecting: The Invisible Work of Technology Implementation in Homecare. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies 9(S5). 
  • Ertner, SM (2015) Infrastructuring Design : An Ethnographic Study of Welfare Technologies and Design in a Public-Private and User Driven Innovation Project. IT University of Copenhagen.
  • Ertner, SM, Kragerlund, AM, and Malmborg L (2010) Five enunciations of empowerment in participatory design. In Proceedings of the 11th Biennial Participatory Design Conference, 2010, 191-194

Giacomo Poderi

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.

Recent publications:

  • Poderi, G. (forthcoming, 2021). Carving out the when/where of commoning and the micro-politics of commoners’ everyday life. Ephemera: theory & politics in organization.
  • Poderi, G., Hasselqvist, H., Capaccioli, A., Bogdan, C., & D’Andrea, V. (2020). Matters of concerns and user stories: Ontological and methodological considerations for collaborative design processes. In  CoDesign, 16(3), 220–232.
  • Poderi, G. (2020). The subjects of/in commoning and the affective dimension of infrastructuring the commons. In Journal of Peer Production, 14, 30–44.
  • Poderi, G. (2019). Sustaining platforms as commons: Perspectives on participation, infrastructure, and governance. In CoDesign, 15(3), 243–255.