Techno-Anthropology and Participation

  • Rendsburggade 14

    9000 Aalborg


Organization 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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Health Engineering & Materials Science
Telemedicine Medicine & Life Sciences
engineering Social Sciences
Electronic Health Records Medicine & Life Sciences
Denmark Social Sciences
Decision support systems Engineering & Materials Science
creativity Social Sciences
Informatics Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2004 2021

Research Output 1990 2019

A Problem-Oriented Approach to Technology Innovation and Participatory Technology Assessment in China

Zhou, C., Henriksen, L. B. & Kerndrup, S., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Techno-Anthropological Contributions to Technology Assessment. Botin, L. & Børsen, T. (eds.). IOS Press

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

A Technological Context-Based Study on Craftsman’s Creativity

Zhang, H., Zhou, C. & Liu, C., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of XXIV World Congress of Philosophy : Learning To Be Human.

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingArticle in proceedingResearchpeer-review

Building Scaffolds. How Postphenomenology and Critical Constructivism Could Gather in Common Enterprise

Botin, L., 2019, In : Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology. 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review


Best Paper Award

Chunfang Zhou (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions


Best Paper Award

Chunfang Zhou (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions


Activities 2002 2019

1st Techno-Anthropology Research Seminar

Tom Børsen (Organizer), Petko Atanasov Karadechev (Organizer)
8 Jan 2018

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


40 år med teknologivurdering

Tom Børsen (Participant)
19 Mar 2018

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


6th International Conference of the Otto Brenner Foundation : The European social model - vision, option or fiction? : prospects for the participation of labour

Herman Knudsen (Speaker)
25 Apr 200527 Apr 2005

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies