Inaugural lecture by Professor Pernille Bjørn – University of Copenhagen

Inaugural lecture by Professor Pernille Bjørn

Titel:

Future directions for CSCW: Sociomaterial-Design, Collaboration, Conflict, and Innovations

The lecture is followed by a reception.

Abstract:

In her talk, Pernille Bjorn will introduce future directions for Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). First she will unpack the interdisciplinary nature of CSCW research and introduce a new move towards Sociomaterial-Design. Sociomaterial-Design is an approach bringing together a dedicated interest in the socialmaterial matters of artefacts within collaborative work and the ways in which to include sociomaterial considerations in the design of digital artefacts. Throughout her talk, she will include results from collaborative healthcare practices as well as put forward some of her newest ongoing work exploring the political considerations in global software development and in tech start-up companies located in the conflicted region Israel/Palestine. Finally, she will introduce a new emergent area for CSCW research; namely collaborative innovation within Makerspaces, and explain why understanding Maker communities is an important topic for the future directions for CSCW research.

Bio:

Pernille Bjorn is Professor in Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) at the Computer Science Department at University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Pernille’s main interest is to investigate how people collaborate within complex work arrangement aiming at developing concepts useful for the design of collaborative technologies. She has conducted ethnographic studies of collaborative work practices in several domains such as healthcare, engineering, and software development.

Currently she is involved in two research projects: 1) Next Generation Tools and Process for Global Software Development (NexGSD), which is a 5 years research project funded by the Danish strategic research council. In NexGSD her main work includes ethnographic studies in 5 different organisational setups with different industry partners. 2) ConflictIT: Technologies in Conflicted Cites, which is a 1 year project funded by Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation. ConflictIT explores new agendas for CSCW and the complexities which arise when we study collaborative practices in conflicted areas. In particular, we investigate the special conditions for collaboration in tech start-up companies which spans employees, politics, and locations from both sides of the conflict between Israel and Palestine.  

The core of Pernille’s research is CSCW - however she draws from interdisciplinary work within the cross-roads between CSCW, CHI, STS, and IS research. In December 2014 she published her first book: Sociomaterial-Design: Bounding Technologies in Practice in the Springer CSCW series. She has over 60 publications in peer-reviewed conference proceedings (e.g. CHI, CSCW, ECSCW) as well as in high-ranking journals such as the Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Transaction of Human Computer Interaction, International Journal of Medical Informatics, Information System Journal, Action Research Journal, Science & Technology Studies, European Journal of Information Systems, Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, and IEEE Transaction on Professional Communication.

Past affiliations include:

Associate Professor and Head of group: Technologies in Practice, IT University in Copenhagen, Denmark (August 2008-April 2015); assistant professor IT University of Copenhagen (September 2008-January 2009); visiting faculty at University of California, Irvine, USA (July 2013-August 2014); visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India (December 2011-January 2012); Post-doctoral fellow Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada (December 2006-August 2008); PhD student, Roskilde University, Denmark (graduated 2006).