Organisation profile

Organisation profile

Techno-Anthropology and Participation (TAPAR) is an interdisciplinary research group dedicated to research of new and emergent technologies, where we focus on the relations between technology, humans, and society. Our key vision is democracy in tech innovation and our mission is to contribute to responsible technology innovation and use. We do this by researching complex problems related to emerging technologies and tech innovation processes. This includes research and education in engineering practice and transition processes, ethical assessment of new and emerging technologies, philosophy of technology, technology creativity and design, technology innovation management and user participation. We conduct empirical studies that contribute insights on the interplay between humans, technology and society within multiple areas with special attention to health/welfare technology and green/sustainable technology.

Our research is highly change-oriented in emergent and complex human-technology relations of societal relevance. We combine anthropology and action research to build bridges between local knowledge, technology innovation and technology transition processes. We work with Participatory Design methods and we value empirically grounded research on how to involve people affected by technology in design of future socio-technical practices.



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Collaborations from the last five years

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  • A Nordic survey to monitor citizens use and experience with eHealth

    Eriksen, J., Hjermitslev, C. B., Vehko, T., Harðardóttir, G. A., Koch, S., Faxvaag, A., Kyytsönen, M., Viitanen, J., Lintvedt, O., Pedersen, R., Vimarlund, V., Solbakken Nordheim, E., Reponen, J. & Nøhr, C., 13 Nov 2023, 1 ed. NordPub. 328 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportReportResearch

  • Bridging Engineering and Humanities at Techno-Anthropology

    Børsen, T., 17 Jan 2023, Engineering, Social Science, and the Humanities: Has Their Conversation Come of Age?. Hyldgaard, S., Buch, A., Conlon, E., Didier, C., Mitcham, C. & Murphy, M. (eds.). Springer, p. 151-177 27 p. (Philosophy of Engineering and Technology, Vol. 42).

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

  • Co-designing Collaborative Care Work through Ethnography

    Sciannamblo, M., Cibin, R. & Teli, M., 2023, Ethnographies of Collaborative Economies across Europe: Understanding Sharing and Caring. Travlou, P. & Ciolfi, L. (eds.). Ubiquity Press Ltd., p. 193-209 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterCommunication

    Open Access
  • Prigogine Award 2023

    Nielsen, Søren Nors (Recipient), 11 Jul 2023

    Prize: Honorary prizes and appointments

  • Best Paper Award

    Zhou, Chunfang (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Conference prizes

  • Best Paper Award

    Zhou, Chunfang (Recipient), 2008

    Prize: Conference prizes