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. 

Fingerprint The fingerprint consists of concepts related to the research profile of the unit and associated persons. It is updated automatically, when new content is added.

mathematics Social Sciences
education Social Sciences
learning Social Sciences
science Social Sciences
student Social Sciences
creativity Social Sciences
facebook Social Sciences
school Social Sciences

Network Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2004 2021

Research Output 2001 2020

Democratic Situations

Birkbak, A. (ed.) & Papazu, I. M. C. H. (ed.), 2020, (In preparation) Mattering Press.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

Digital methods contributions to citizen hearings: A techno-anthropological approach to Twitter and technology assessment

Birkbak, A., Madsen, A. K. & Munk, A. K., 2020, (Submitted) Techno-Anthropological Contributions to Technology Assessment. Botin, L. & Børsen, T. (eds.). Rowman & Littlefield International

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review


Participatory Data Design: Acting in a digital world

Jensen, T. E., Birkbak, A., Madsen, A. K. & Munk, A. K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Making and Doing STS. Downey, G. & Zuiderent-Jerak, T. (eds.). MIT Press

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review



AAU Talent

Anders Koed Madsen (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Research, education and innovation prizes

Activities 2003 2019

STAK-projekt workshop om digitale læringsmønstre

Andreas Birkbak (Participant)
25 Nov 2019

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

A Call for Crypto-Anthropology

Adrienne Mannov (Lecturer)
11 Oct 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsGuest lecturers

How to make complex and complicated technologies understandable to a wider public

Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen (Lecturer), Maja Hojer Bruun (Lecturer), Andreas Husballe (Lecturer), Jannick Petersen (Lecturer)
27 Sep 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations