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Ethnographic Future Making: Datafication, Environment and Infrastructures

The 'Ethnographic Future Making: Datafication, Environment and Infrastructures' group conducts techno-anthropological and ethnographic research in the diverse fields of infrastructures, data systems and environmental studies, and develops techno-anthropological perspectives on urban development, datafication, climate change and sustainability.

Research Aims and topics

Research Aims and topics

Our aim is to understand how humans worldwide shape and adapt to their environments, and how the concepts of infrastructure and sustainability are enacted, by scientists, technologists, and other people as part of their everyday lives. This involves physical environments and bodies, social worlds and imaginaries, and, to an increasing extent, digital data through computer systems, mobile telecommunication and other media. We advance experimental and interventionist ethnographic research methods in collaboration with research partners from public and private organisations and other academic disciplines. In many of our research projects we work together with engineers, city planners, natural scientists, mathematicians and computer scientists, and launch innovative interdisciplinary research.

We are particularly interested in...

...the practices and imaginaries through which future worlds are projected, prefigured and shaped when new technologies are developed and implemented. We aim to carve out spaces with and for new methods and theories, to grasp socio-technical worlds in the making and for understanding future-making itself. This includes particular attention to social and ethical issues, questions of security and trust, and discussions of values and normativity in research and what constitutes the good life, equality and democratic participation in technological societies.

OUR RESEARCH INTERESTS INCLUDE

  • Public engagement in the social organisation and development of technology and infrastructures. Living labs and other experimental ethnographic and design methods.
  • Smart technologies/cities and the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Climate change, multi-species socialities, and the Anthropocene.
  • Management and governance of ecosystems and natural resources.

 

Ethnographic Future Making: Datafication, Environment and Infrastructures