writing and research

The topics I have written on broadly concern digital media infrastructures and related to them cultural practices. My most recent and ongoing work focuses on the thermopolitics and temporalities of data centres in a Nordic context.  I have previously written on other forms of digital infrastructures and infrastructuring practices in the context of algorithms, software cultures and computer animation production software communities.

Ongoing book projects:

I am currently working on two book manuscripts:

  • Thermopolitics of Data (part of my ongoing post-doctoral research project)
  • From Crowd to Cloud: Open Cultural Production in the Platform Economy (building upon and extending work I did on my doctoral dissertation)


Data Centres as Impermanent Infrastructures. Written for a special issue on data centres for Culture Machine edited by Asta Vonderau and Mél Hogan.

(with Anne Kaun) Algorithmic Resistance:  Media practices and the politics of repair. Information, Communication and Society.

(with Anne Kaun) Automated Decision-Making in Sweden. In: Spielkamp M (ed.) Automating Society. Taking Stock of Automated Decision Making in the EU. Berlin: AlgorithmWatch, pp. 125–131.

(with Minna Ruckenstein) Automated Decision-Making in Finland. In: Spielkamp M (ed.) Automating Society. Taking Stock of Automated Decision Making in the EU. Berlin: AlgorithmWatch, pp. 55–64.


(with Ingrid Forsler) Efficient Worker or Reflective Practitioner? Competing Technical Rationalities of Media Software Tools. In: Bilić P, Primorac J and Valtysson B (eds), Technologies of Labour and the Politics of Contradiction, Palgrave.

Studying Emerging Data Practices: Creating a Cultural Biography of Objects through Using the Web as an Ethnographic Resource. In SAGE Research Methods Cases, SAGE. Contribution commissioned by SAGE (requires login).


Media Technologies in the Making: User-driven Software and Infrastructure for Computer Graphics Production. Doctoral dissertation. Huddinge: Södertörns högskola.

In 2019 it was awarded 2nd prize for best dissertation in Media and Communication Studies in Sweden, by the Swedish Association for Media and Communication Research (FSMK).

Repairing and developing software infrastructures: The case of Morevna Project in Russia. New Media & Society. Published ahead of print: October 2017.

(with Peter Jakobsson) At the intersection of commons and market: Negotiations of value in open-sourced cultural production. International Journal of Cultural Studies 20(1): 14–30.


Data that warms: Waste heat, infrastructural convergence and the computation traffic commodity. Big Data & Society 3 (2): 1 – 10.

Free software beyond radical politics: negotiations of creative and craft autonomy in digital visual media production. Media and Communication 4(4).

Open cultural production and the online gift economy: The case of Blender. First Monday 21(10), a special issue on the Economies of Internet edited by Kylie Jarrett [read]

Ethnography of open cultural production: From participant observation to multi-sited participatory communication. In: Wildermuth N and Ngomba T (eds), Methodological Reflections on Researching Communication and/for Social Change, Palgrave.

Negotiating Creative Autonomy. Experiences of Technology in Computer-Based Visual Media Production. In: Kramp L, Carpentier N, Hepp A, et al. (eds), Politics, Civil Society and Participation, Researching and Teaching Communication, pp. 185–195.

Sharing technology and media as digital commons – sensibilities and tensions from making invisible things visible. In: Selected Papers of Internet Research, SPIR.

Open movies and radical sharing online. Presentation delivered at the annual conference of Blender software users and developers. [watch]


Between decommodification and recommodification: negotiations of value In open – source cultural production. In: Selected Papers of Internet Research, SPIR.

(with Peter Jakobsson) The Production of Difference and Commensurability between Different Regimes of Value in Open Source Cultural Production. In: International Communications Association 2015, Puerto Rico, Conference paper.

Value Creation Through Digital Commons: Complicating the Discourse. Antenna. Responses to Media and Culture 


Velkova J (2014) Thresholds for participation in open animation production: a critical exploration of some assumptions on peer-production. In: Selected Papers of Internet Research, SPIR.

Two weeks in Siberia with Morevna Project, open-source animation tools, and animé. Blog post.


Search for spiritualism in a land now steeped in materialism, Deccan Herald, Bangalore.


Vocational Training on Open Source Software – Needs Analysis, A report commissioned by Internet Society.


(with Manon van Leeuwen and Guadalupe Morgado) Training for Open Source: A Need not a Luxury. In: Cunningham P and Cunningham M (eds), Collaboration and the Knowledge Economy: Issues, Applications, Case Studies, Amsterdam: IOS Press.


(with Manon van Leeuwen and Bulen Özel) How to Avoid the Transformation of Barriers to OSS Adoption in Public Administration into Barriers for Regional Development. In: Cunningham P and Cunningham M (eds), Exploiting the Knowledge Economy: Issues, Applications, Case Studies, Amsterdam: IOS Press.