About

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I am a digital media/internet studies media scholar. Since June 2018 I am  a post-doctoral researcher at the Consumer Society Research Centre at the University of Helsinki, part of the thematic area Data, Self & Society. My position is to a 50% funded also by the Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities. I am also the Vice-Chair of the section “Media Industries and Cultural Production” of the European Communication and Research Education Association (ECREA).

My research, generally, is at the crossing between infrastructure studies, science and technology studies and cultural studies of new and digital media. In my doctoral dissertation (2012-2018) — which I completed at the Media and Communications Department at Södertörn University in Stockholm, Sweden — I studied how users and consumers of computer graphics media engaged in making free software for digital media production, particularly Synfig and Blender for 2D and 3D animation. My work and research education were fully funded by the Swedish Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies (Östersjöstiftelsen). In 2019 I was awarded 2nd prize for best dissertation in Media and Communication Studies in Sweden by the Swedish Association for Media and Communication Research (FSMK).

During my post-doc I am working on developing an infrastructural perspective on (big) data through studying the politics and value of waste in emergent data infrastructures, particularly data centres in the Nordic countries, as well as the experiences of human labour in them. As part of my affiliation to the Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities, I will also be working to suggest what kinds of social science questions can be asked to large social media datasets. Check out the writings and research page for publications and more.

My contact details are available at my university department page.

Prior to academia, my professional background is rooted in the free software / open-source movement, but also around issues related to Internet Governance, and keeping the Internet open and free. For almost 10 years I have been working with Internet Society – Bulgaria which gave me the great opportunity to work on projects such as introducing free and open source software to governments on the Balkans, researching the Internet in Bulgaria, and working with local and central governments on a broad spectrum of ICT related issues. Since 2008 I live and work in Sweden.

Before embarking on research, I have worked for a short period of time at Lund University as an assistant webmaster and conference organiser for the Swedish network for South-Asian Studies (SASNET); and also for the Department of Culture at the City of Gothenburg.