PhD projects at informatics and media

PhD projects at the Department of Informatics and Media.

Design solutions for social interaction in public environments

Karin Johansson is a PhD student in Human-Computer Interaction. Her PhD project focuses on designing solutions for social interaction in public environments. A major part of the PhD work is related to the Vinnova-funded social innovation project ABC for meaningful meetings, a project that aims at designing interventions, models and tools in order to increase community feeling and decrease involuntary loneliness in a newly developed city district in Linköping municipality. Within the project researchers in human-computer Interaction and psychology collaborate with a sustainability focused non-governmental organisation (NGO) and a publicly owned real estate company. The project is one of several projects funded within a Vinnova call that focuses on Social sustainability in the physical environment.

Karin Johansson – with a background as a designer, company owner and project leader – is a researcher close to practitioners. She is using a research-through-design approach and an autoethnographic inspired approach, following and participating in multisectorial design processes, while studying them.

Discursive construction of the far-right in Brazil

Pedro Camelo’s PhD project is an investigation about the discursive construction of the far-right in Brazil. In order to assess the research theme, Camelo considers local traditions and international tendencies, aiming to shed light on the mediated underpinnings of the recent rise of the far-right in the country. The proposed examination is based on theoretical premises and methodological tools of critical discourse studies and draws on Laclauian and ideational approaches to populism and the notion of “neoliberal logics” (Phelan, 2014).

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Abortion discourse and the nature of democracy

Yanthe Zebregs is a PhD student within Media and Communication Studies. Her doctoral dissertation work uses abortion discourse as empirical entry point, to engage with the wider nature of democratic and political dynamics. Drawing on critical discourse studies of media and political communication – and researching both global and national media and communication contexts – Zebregs’ work deconstructs the ideological underpinnings of contemporary global discourses on abortion and on wider women’s rights. Studying abortion discourse specifically through discursive ontologies, the study aims to assess the roles of mediation and (political) communication in the context of the logic of normalisation under far-right, inequalities and (changing) cultural and political structures.

Yanthe Zebregs’ profile page.

Controlling the uncontrollable: the impact of reproductive health apps

Beatrice Tylstedt is a PhD student within the Swedish Research School of Management and Information Technology (MIT) and her research is part of the project ”Controlling the Uncontrollable: The Impact of Reproductive Health Apps on Experiences of Pregnancy, Healthcare Professionals’ Work and Data Governance” funded by the Swedish Research Council. The project studies the digital management of reproductive health and how it impacts individual experiences and social understandings of reproduction, fertility, sexuality and the body.

In her own work Tylstedt uses a critical feminist perspective, looking particularly at dimensions of power. Tylstedt approaches reproductive health apps as part of the broader FemTech Industry and connects research on the industry with that of user’s lived experience. Tylstedt’s research also studies the content of the apps themselves and looks at how knowledge, social values and norms are produced, reproduced and challenged within the apps.

How to design digital services to support sustainable consumer decision-making

Tazrin Hassan’s PhD project involves in investigating the factors influencing consumers’ decision-making regarding food purchase, both before and during food purchasing. She seeks to develop an understanding on how to design digital services to support sustainable consumer decision-making.

Through a design science research approach, a digital technology (artefact) will be created in an iterative process of theoretical studies, inquiry into stakeholder needs and views, and formative evaluations of the emerging digital service. In this process, consumer decision-making is one important theoretical influence, complemented by information systems design literature, e.g., persuasive design principles, user experience design, and design science methodology.

Machine learning and value creation and appropriation

Ricardo Costa Climent’s PhD studies aims to provide novel contributions to answer why some firms that adopt the use of machine learning technology succeed with dramatic value creation and appropriation while other firms that adopt the use of machine learning technology fail with such value creation and appropriation. Machine learning technologies allow companies new ways of creating and capturing value never seen before.

Theoretical base for the dissertation work is evolutionary economics. We can improve our knowledge of the value creation and appropriation of the use of machine learning relating business model theory and data network effects theory in a novel theoretical proposal that includes:

  1. The consideration of value creation appropriation through machine learning as two differentiated but interrelated processes.
  2. Adopting a dynamic co-evolutionary approach to data network effects theories and business models.
  3. The adoption of a multi-actor user perspective, with different interests, times, and forms of use of the offer.
  4. The consideration of the role played by the dynamics of the database, with which machine learning is applied, in the value creation and appropriation of a company related to the barriers to entry or the size of the database (minimum and maximum thresholds).

Ricardo Costa Climent is a part of the Swedish Research School of Management and Information Technology (MIT).

Twists of the smart body: biohacking as existential practice

Maria Rogg researches the existential and ethical limits and potentials of biometric AI through biohacking as an existential media practice. She is part of the project “BioMe: Existential Challenges and Ethical Imperatives of Biometric AI in Everyday Lifeworlds” funded by the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program – Humanities and Society (WASP-HS). The project investigates the experiential range of encounters with biometric technologies to scrutinise the pressing ethical imperatives they pose for networked humanity.

In her own work Rogg applies critical data studies, existential media theory and feminist new materialisms to study how biohackers experience and circumvent incongruences between embodied existence and their digitally abstracted selves. Through a collaborative and phenomenologically oriented design ethnography, biohacking is conceptualised as an existential media practice that anticipates the nexus of ethics, bodies and technology at stake with biometric AI. Based on participatory observations; probe interviews; making workshops; and material speculations, the lifeworld of biohackers is explored, sensed and activated as a medium to articulate how alternative AI futures unfold as biohackers twist biometrics for the emergence of relational subjectivities and an existential ethics of care

Maria Rogg

PhD student at Department of Informatics and Media


AI as part of organising and organisations, a communicative perspective

Sandra Bergman is researching the integration of AI-powered systems such as chatbots within an organisational context. The project is a part of the research environment at informatics and media called Worlds of AI.

Bergman’s research interest is pragmatic and working closely with industry and practitioners to find solutions for real-world problems. In her PhD project the main focus is how AI chatbots influence the organising process and how the organisation changes by including non-human actors. Of particular interest is how these non-human agents affect trust in and within the organisation.

Sandra Bergman is a part of the Swedish Research School of Management and Information Technology (MIT).

Russian digital nationalism in times of war: media ecologies, practices, and national identity construction

Alexandra Brankovas PhD project investigates Russian nationalist media ecology, practices, and discursive constructions of Russian national identity pre- and during Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine (2018–2023). It critically assesses the processes of nationalist mobilisation and nation-building in times of war. It also maps and evaluates the characteristics of nationalist new media ecosystems. The research approaches developed in the project are related to digital nationalism, new media ecology, and the discursive construction of national identity. The project is affiliated with critical discourse studies and discourse historic approach.

The research design and data collection methods for the project include digital ethnography, data scraping, and more in-depth discourse analysis of textual data. The project is interdisciplinary bridging media and communication and nationalism studies.

The reception of Russian strategic narratives among Russian-speaking youth in Latvia

Emma Rönngren is researching how Russian-speaking youth in Latvia use media and make sense of Russian strategic narratives embedded in Russian state-controlled media. The PhD project combines focus groups and individual follow-up interviews with young Russian speakers in Riga, Daugavpils and Liepāja. In her research, Rönngren explores the possibilities and limitations of using strategic narratives to influence foreign audiences as a public diplomacy tool.

Workarounds in critical care

Thomas Ejnefjäll is a PhD student within the Swedish Research School of Management and Information Technology (MIT). His research is part of a project that studies the implementation of a patient data management system (PDMS) at the Academic Hospital in Uppsala. A PDMS is a health information system designed to automatically retrieve data from bedside equipment at critical care units and present these in a structured format to improve documentation, manipulation, and interpretation.

In his research Ejnefjäll uses observations, interviews, and documents to investigate workarounds in critical care settings in the context of a mandated information system.

Last modified: 2023-01-27