Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen

PhD Anthropology, MSc in Anthropology

  • Kroghstræde 3, 4-249

    9220 Aalborg Ø



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Astrid’s research is informed by an interest in human–environment relations, with a regional specialization in the Arctic (Greenland), Latin America (Peru, Honduras) and Denmark.

Main research areas:
Climate change and human-environment relations - looking specifically at social water ecologies (in Peru), living resources and ecosystems use and management (in Greenland), and how ecosystems are increasingly rendered and formatted through digital technologies.

Knowledge infrastructures – with a focus on how different ways of knowing and expertise, including technologies, structure hierarchies for decision making and politics. 

Collaboration across and beyond disciplines – bringing different kinds of scientific knowledge production together around specific themes and issues; also including knowledge practices and systems beyond academia.  

Theoretically, Astrid’s research is situated at the intersection of anthropology, political ecology and Science and Technology Studies, with a special attention to decolonial theory and scholarly practices. Her work is rooted in solid and detailed ethnographic fieldwork and analyses, seeking - with a postcolonial engagement, simultaneously critical and constructive - to question existing epistemologies and paradigms, and to find modes of collaboration through which to move towards new ways of knowing, theorizing and making worlds. 

Astrid is currently co-heading the collaborative project “Muskox Pathways: Resources and Ecologies in Greenland” funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research in 2019. The project, which involves anthropologists and archaeologists from the universities of Aarhus and Copenhagen, as well as stakeholders in Greenland, explores the sporadic, but nonetheless deep, entanglements between natural environments and social forms that come into being through the muskox.

She is work-package leader of the interdisciplinary project SECURE Estimation and Control Using Recursion and Encryption. The techno-anthropological focus is to examine how notions and relations of trust and privacy are transformed as digitized and cyber-physical systems become prevalent in society.

Education/Academic qualification

Social Anthropology, PhD, Københavns Universitet, Institut for Antropologi

1 Aug 201025 Apr 2014

Award Date: 25 Apr 2014

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  • Muskox Pathways. Ecologies and Resources in Greenland

    Flora, J., Andersen, A. O., Hastrup, K. B. & Jensen, J. F.


    Project: Research

    Research Output

    Cryptic Commonalities: Working Athwart Cryptography, Mathematics and Anthropology

    Mannov, A., Andersen, A. O. & Bruun, M. H., 2020, (Submitted) In : STS Encounters - DASTS working paper series.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    Infrastructures of trust and distrust: The politics and ethics of emerging cryptographic technologies

    Bruun, M. H., Andersen, A. O. & Mannov, A., 3 Apr 2020, In : Anthropology Today. 36, 2, p. 13-17 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  • STS and Anthropological perspectives on Zuboff's Surveillance Capitalism

    Mannov, A., Andersen, A. O. & Godoy, J. D., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Tecnoscienza: Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

    Antropologi i dine høretelefoner

    Andersen, A. O., May 2019, In : Jordens Folk. 54, 1, p. 126-127 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debateResearch

    Assembling commons and commodities: The Peruvian water law between ideology and materialisation

    Andersen, A. O., Jun 2019, In : Water Alternatives. 12, 2, p. 470-487 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    13 Downloads (Pure)


    Data on the Digitization of Everyday Life during the Covid-19 pandemic in Denmark

    Munk, A. K. (Owner), Andersen, A. O. (Contributor), Birkbak, A. (Contributor), Madsen, A. K. (Contributor), Jensen, T. E. (Contributor), Heuser, M. C. (Contributor), Voll, C. N. (Contributor), Jacobsen, E. B. (Contributor), Jessen, J. F. (Contributor) & Grundtvig, A. (Contributor), VBN, 1 Aug 2020



    • 7 Conference presentations
    • 4 Talks and presentations in private or public companies
    • 3 Guest lecturers
    • 1 Conference organisation or participation

    Kan vi redde verden med tanker? Naturkrisen i filosofisk og antropologisk lys

    Jes Lynning Harfeld (Lecturer), , Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen (Lecturer), & Mickey Gjerris (Lecturer)

    17 May 2020

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

    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

    Distributing choice: when care explodes the liberal chooser. Panel #10 at the MEGA Seminar 2019.

    Andreas Birkbak (Organizer), , Katy Overstreet (Organizer), & Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen (Organizer)

    12 Aug 201914 Aug 2019

    Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation


    Multi-Party Computation and the power (and ethics) of immersive visualization.

    Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen (Lecturer), , Maja Hojer Bruun (Lecturer), & Adrienne Mannov (Lecturer)

    21 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

    Press / Media

    ITU-forskningsprojekt kortlægger danskernes digitale corona-liv

    Anders Kristian Munk, Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen, Anders Grundtvig, Corinna Nathalie Voll, Emil Buch Jacobsen & Jonas Falzarano Jessen


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media