The Techno-Anthropology Research Group

  • Aalborg Universitet København, A.C. Meyers Vænge 15

    2450 København SV

Organization profile

Organisation profile

Research team leader: 
Professor Torben Elgaard Jensen

The Techno-Anthropology (TANT) group researches key processes of social and technical innovation that are critical to the challenges facing contemporary and future societies.

Complicated societal issues are unlikely to be solved by technical fixes. We therefore believe that workable solutions and a responsible development of technology must build on the active consideration of social relations, the engagement of users, and an in-depth understanding of the complexities of technology-in-use.

The research group investigates questions such as:

  • How may users become active participants in technological innovation and design?
  • How may we as individuals and societies come to terms with the risks, knowledge controversies and ethical dilemmas that arise with new technologies?
  • How do technologies transform people’s experiences, activities and performances?

The members of the group are all active researchers and teachers on the Techno-Anthropology Teaching Programme. 


  • Architecture and Spatial Planning
  • Welfare State

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    Research Output

    What is a Problem Statement? - PBL as Practise in doing Research

    Ravn, O., 2021, (In preparation) Aalborg Universitetsforlag.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

    A New Web-Based Big Data Analytics for Dynamic Public Opinion Mapping in Digital Networks on Contested Biotechnology Fields

    Tournay, V., Jacomy, M., Necula, A., Leibing, A. & Blasimme, A., Jan 2020, In : OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology. 24, 1, p. 29-42 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

    Open Access
  • Captivated by Captured at Sea: Piracy and Protection in the Indian Ocean

    Mannov, A., 2020, (In preparation) In : Anthropological Quarterly.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review


    ICWSM19 Test of Time Award

    Mathieu Jacomy (Recipient), Mathieu Bastian (Recipient) & Sebastien Heymann (Recipient), 12 Jun 2019

    Prize: Honorary prizes and appointments


    TIK, University of Oslo

    Andreas Birkbak (Visiting researcher)
    31 Mar 20203 Apr 2020

    Activity: Visiting another research institution

    Digital Media Winter Institute 2020

    Mathieu Jacomy (Participant)
    3 Feb 20206 Feb 2020

    Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars

    Free Open Source Developer European Meeting (FOSDEM 2020)

    Mathieu Jacomy (Organizer), Paul Girard (Organizer), Achilleas Koutsou (Organizer), Michael Sonntag (Organizer)
    1 Feb 2020

    Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

    Press / Media

    Facebook og demokrati

    Andreas Birkbak


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media