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Biosketch: Ass. Professor Dick Kasperowski

Dick Kasperowski is Assistant Professor of Theory of Science. Informed by current perspectives in science and technology studies (STS), his main interests include governance of science, citizen science, participatory practices and open collaborative projects in scientific work. The analytical focus of his research concerns how new technologies configure relations between actors claiming different experiences and knowledge; further how political and scientific representations are related to each other and how (scientific) citizenship is connected to research policy and scientific practices. Lately this interest has translated into studies of the role of mobile digital technologies in configuring relations between the self and the body as well as regulatory practices concerned with mobile technologies for health and performance.

Current research activities

With funds from the Swedish Research Council, Kasperowski is currently - together with associate professor Fredrik Bragesjö (Theory of Science) - finishing a project funded by the Swedish Research Council on the formal regulation of the relationship between Swedish citizens and the universities by the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, the so-called "third assignment". The project has been granted further funding by the Swedish Research Council to encompass more recent changes to the science policy system in Sweden.

The use of Science: A Study of the Change and Consequences of the Swedish Higher Education Law, 2003-2013, funded by the Swedish Research Council (no 2012-4722).

In July 2014 the multidisciplinary project Taking science to the crowd: Researchers, programmers and volunteer contributors transforming science online will start. The project involves researchers from Letstudio 2 and 3 at The University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology, Lund University and The University of California, Irvine, and is funded by The Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation for four years. The research will contribute to our understanding of how digital technologies are transforming the ways scientific knowledge is produced, as scientists enlist crowds of volunteers to contribute to scientific projects involving big data.

With funding from The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation during 2014, multidisciplinary research on the theme Living Through The Quantified Body: Reconfiguring relations of the political, cultural and material in app-based health will be initiated. The purpose of this initiative is to develop and consolidate a network of researchers and museum curators with an interest in the study of the political, cultural and material implications of mobile technologies for quantifying the body and the mind. The project include members from three multidisciplinary research and curatorial environments: The University of Gothenburg  Learning and Media Technology Studio (Letstudio), Art History and Visual Studies, Ethnology and Political Science all at Lund University and Medical Museion at the University of Copenhagen.

Recent and forthcoming publications and activities

Hård af Segerstad, Y., Kasperowski, D., Sandvik, K. & Refslund Christensen, D. (2015). Bereaved parents’ online grief communities: de-tabooing practices or grief-ghettos? The Second International Death Online Research Symposium, 17-18 August, 2015, Kingston University, London, UK.

Hård af Segerstad, Y. & Kasperowski, D. (2015). Learning to Cope With the the Death of a Child: Grieving Through Social Media. DIGITAL EXISTENCE: Memory, Meaning, Vulnerability, 26-28 October, 2015, Sigtuna Foundation, Sweden.

Hård af Segerstad, Y. & Kasperowski, D. (2015). Opportunities and Challenges of Studying Closed Communities Online: Digital Methods and Ethical Considerations. Paper in the panel ”Internet Research Ethics: New Contexts, New Challenges – New (Re)solutions?”. Internet Research 16.0: Digital Imaginaries, The Sixteenth International Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 21-24 October, 2015.

Ylva Hård Af Segerstad & Dick Kasperowski (2014): A community for grieving: affordances of social media for support of bereaved parents, New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, DOI:10.1080/13614568.2014.983557

Bengtsson, U, Kasperowski, D, Ring, L, Kjellgren, K, 2014 Developing an interactive mobile phone self-report system for self-management of hypertension. Part 1: Patient and professional perspectives. Blood Pressure, Epub ahead of print, 0803-7051.

Hallberg, I, Taft, C, Ranerup, A, Bengtsson, U, Hoffman, M, Höfer, S, Kasperowski, D, Mäkitalo, Å, Lundin, M, Ring, L, Rosenqvist, U, Kjellgren, K , 2014, Phases in development of an interactive mobile phone-based system to support self-management of hypertension. Integrated blood pressure control, 7 s. 19-28.

Hård af Segerstad, Y. & Kasperowski, Dick (2014). A Place to Grieve: Online Social Networks as Resources for Coping with the Loss of a Child. The First International Death Online Research Symposium, April 9th-10th, 2014, University of Durham, UK.

Kasperowski, D & Bragesjö, F (2013) Den tredje uppgiften som hot eller demokratisk vitalitet. Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. Debatter: http://debatt.rj.se/?p=209

Kasperowski, D (2012) Crowdsourcing in scientific practice: host and parasites. In Design and displacement: social studies of science and technology. Proceedings from the Biennial Conference of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology & the Society for Social Studies of Science October & 17-20, Copenhagen Business School. 

Kasperowski, D & Bragesjö, F (2012) Framtidens tredje uppgifter. Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. Debatter: http://debatt.rj.se/?p=162

Bragesjö, F, Elzinga, A & Kasperowski, D (2012) Continuity or Discontinuity? Scientific Governance in the Pre-History of the 1977 Law of Higher Education and Research in Sweden. MINERVA, Volume 50, Number 1, 65-96.

Dick Kasperowski

Ass. Professor

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