I am an associate professor of media and communication studies, and associate lecturer in Technology and Social Change at the Department for Thematic Studies, Linköping University in Sweden. I am also a research affiliate at the Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab led by Lisa Parks at the University of California Santa Barbara. From 2023 to 2028 I am a ProFutura Scientia XVII Fellow with my project on dismantling communication infrastructures, titled “When communication networks come to die: Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Infrastructural Dismantling”. I will be putting up more information about all the projects I am working on here soon.
Between 2018 and 2020 I was a post-doc in Digital Innovations at the Centre for Consumer Society Research at the University of Helsinki. There I worked as part of the Data, Self & Society group, and my position was 50% funded by the Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities.
I completed my PhD in media and communication studies at Södertörn University in 2018 with a dissertation on the making of free software for computer graphics media production, in particular the 3D animation software Blender and the 2D Synfig. My dissertation was awarded in 2019 the second prize for best PhD thesis in media and communication studies in Sweden.
My work is positioned at the intersection between media and communication studies, STS and cultural studies of digital technologies. Since 2018 I am serving as vice-chair of the Media Industries and Cultural Production section of the European Communication and Research Education Association (ECREA).
My research revolves around digital infrastructures, and questions of temporality and politics of value. I have explored these major themes with empirical objects ranging from computer-graphics software, search algorithms and social media, to data centres. In my most recent work I have focused on the converging relations between data and energy infrastructures, but I have done detours to think and write about agency in relation to algorithms, metric cultures in the digital everyday life, as well as infrastructural work in data centres. I have a growing interested in digital ruins, and practices of dismantling infrastructures.
I am currently working on five research projects as PI or co-applicant that concern different technological infrastructures to traffic media and energy:
- Earth Stations and Data Centers: Network buildings as transnational infrastructures and logistical media, funded by Riksbankens Jubileiumsfond (2018-2022)
- Households as Infrastructure Junctions, funded by the Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Research Council (2019 – 2022)
- Resistance and Power: Smart Grids for the Many, funded by the Kamprad Family Foundation
- “REIMAGINE ADM: Reimagining public values in algorithmic futures” (2022-2025). Funded under EU Horizon 2020 programme call CHANSE (Collaboration of Humanities and Social Sciences), Transformations: Social and Cultural Dynamics in the Digital Age. Project leader: Minna Ruckenstein (Finland). PI in Sweden: Julia Velkova.
- ”Kommuner i med- och motvind – Lärdomar om möjligheter och utmaningar från kommuners planering för vindkraftsetableringar sedan 2009”. Energimyndigheten, 2022-2024. (co-applicant)