About

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I am a digital media/internet studies media scholar. My work is positioned at the intersection between media and communication studies, STS and cultural studies of new and digital media.

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).

In my ongoing research I examine the thermopolitics and temporalities of emergent communication infrastructures in the Nordic countries, specifically data centres. My main fieldwork sites are in Finland and Sweden, where during 2018 and 2019 I engaged in an extensive fieldwork in data centres operated by the Russian platform for search, geolocation and transportation services, Yandex, located in Mäntsälä; the global collocation provider Equinix; and in Sweden Ericsson and Digiplex. This research is part of my ongoing book project on the Thermopolitics of Data.

I am also involved in the project “From Earth Stations to Data Centres: Network buildings as transnational infrastructures and logistical media” where I work together with Lars Lundgren (Södertörn University). More about the project here.

Prior to this work, 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. This research was fully funded with a grant by the Swedish Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies (Östersjöstiftelsen). In 2019 my dissertation was awarded 2nd prize for best dissertation in Media and Communication Studies in Sweden by the Swedish Association for Media and Communication Research (FSMK).

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.