Prototyping Matters of Concern

On Productive Relations of Participatory Design and STS in Patient-Centered Healthcare. PhD-defence by Jonas Moll


Departing on Participatory Design, the dissertation draws on Science and Technology Studies to suggest a re-conceptualisation of the relations between design and research by practicing design interventions using a performative and relational ontology.

The dissertation presents results from three years of research within the project Co-Constructing IT and Healthcare and combines concepts and approaches from the interdisciplinary research fields of Participatory Design, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Design Research, and Science and Technology Studies.

The empirical foundation stems from the design and research of a patient-centric personal health record for chronic heart patients in the Copenhagen region, Denmark. The contributions are presented through four papers – two journal papers and two conference papers.

The thesis can be found here.

Assessment Committee

Lucy Kimbell, The Young Foundation and Fieldstudio Ltd.

Pelle Ehn, Professor, Malmö University

Klaus Marius Hansen, Professor, University of Copenhagen (chairman)

Academic supervisor: Professor, dr.scient. Finn Kensing, University of Copenhagen