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Updated: November 27 2017Professor in Technology and Social Change, formally based at the Department of Thematic Studies
Technology and Social Change is a nationally and internationally leading environment for research and education in how people create and use technology, and how technological change is interwoven with cultural patterns, everyday life, politics and economy. Third cycle and first cycle studies specialising in issues of technology and social change are carried out at the department.
Research and teaching within the department are focused on a number of important technological fields, and conducted from a number of different theoretical perspectives. The activities are currently organized into four broad programme areas. One group researches topics of agency, care, embodiment, knowledge practices, normativities, and subjectivities in science, medicine and other technological practices. These topics are examined from social, cultural, philosophical, and ethical perspectives, contributing to feminist theory, medical humanities, and science, technology and society studies. A second group deals with the development and transformation of infrastructure systems, such as energy, IT, transport and buildings, and how these systems are governed at a regional and local level, and how they are used in and impact our daily lives. A third group researches valuation as practice: the use of rankings, evaluations and indicators within the fields of science and technology and beyond, including clinical trials, big data, patient experiences, the development and use of algorithms. The fourth group focuses on the broad interdisciplinary field of environmental humanities and addresses the subject of nature and ecological matters. Special attention is paid to discourses of environmental consequences and risks related to the development of large scale socio-technical systems. Tema T participates in national doctoral schools in 'Environmental Humanities' and 'Energy Systems' and plays a key role in the recently started undergraduate programme in 'Urban and Regional Planning'.
The tasks within the announced professorship will comprise individual research, teaching and supervision of post-graduate students, research leadership, active responsibility for the continued development of Tema T, and collegial participation in intellectual, leadership and administrative roles.
The candidate shall demonstrate scientific expertise and a publication record at a high international level within fields relevant for the study of technology and social change. Documented scientific skills within humanities and/or social science are of particular merit as is research in interdisciplinary contexts.
The candidate will also have a track record of receiving external donations and lead research projects, collaborate with participants outside of the academy and supervision of post-graduate students.
Evidence of pedagogical skills from teaching in fields relevant for 'Urban and Regional Planning' are an additional merit.