I am a Professor of Digital Societies at the University of Graz, Austria. My research focuses on public sector innovation, digital (in)equalities and participatory design. From 2016 to 2019, I led a work package on Participatory Design in Civic Tech and Open Data in the EU-funded project MobileAge. In this action research project, we studied effective methods for co-creating digital public services with and for senior citizens. From 2019 to 2022 I was a Co-PI in DATAFIED, a project funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, which focussed on the way in which the organisation of education is transforming due to its increasing datafication.
Prior to Graz, I worked as a senior researcher at Bremen University (2014-2022) where I was associated with the Institute for Information Management (ifib) and the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI). Beforehand I worked as a research associate at the Centre for the Study of Technology and Organisation at Lancaster University.
In 2013 I completed my PhD in Organisation, Work and Technology at Lancaster University Management School which is part of a vivid STS community across Lancaster University. Prior to my PhD studies I earned degrees in MSc Information Technology, Management and Organisational Change (Lancaster University); MA Philosophy (Hamburg University) and BSc Informatics (Hamburg University). I have worked as research fellow in public sector consulting and participated in a number of European eGovernment projects. In 2008 I completed a five-months traineeship with the European Commission DG Information Society and Media related to research data infrastructures. Since June 2009 I serve as an independent expert to the EC within the areas eInfrastructures and Digital Science.
Memberships: EASST (European Association of for the Study of Science and Technology); EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies) ; IFIP 8.2 (International Federation for Information Processing – Working Group on Information Systems and Organizations); GI (Gesellschaft für Informatik).
Below is a short video (in German) about me and my research. I made it for an open day at Bremen University at which women in Informatics and Mathematics talked about their research and their academic journey to interested girls. Since it wasn’t possible to hold the event in person, we moved it to the digital world.