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Biosketch: Assoc. Professor Dick Kasperowski

Dick Kasperowski is Associate Professor of Theory of Science. Informed by current perspectives in science and technology studies (STS), his main interests include citizen science, governance of science, participatory practices in science and the humanities 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 and the role of large scale digital platforms in citizen science.

Current research activities

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 Sweden's innovation agency, Vinnova the project Arenas for building relations for co-operation [samverkan] through citizen science (ARCS) will start in January 2018. This three year project is a collaboration between University of Gothenburg (GU), the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Umeå University (UMU) and the association Vetenskap & Allmänhet (VA) [Science & Public]. Citizen science is an internationally recognized area for developing co-operation that only to limited extent have been subject to organized and structured initiatives across universities in Sweden. This project will develop resources for the expansion of citizen science projects between researchers at Swedish universities and the general public. The project will develop and provide tools for increasing the capacity to implement citizen science projects, addressing standardisation and data quality, ethics, implementation of technology, and communication.

With funding from the Swedish Research Council for sustainable development (Formas) a three-year collaborative project between Swedish Species Information Centre at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Philosophy, linguistics and theory of science at The University of Gothenburg will start in June 2018.
The purpose of this project is to investigate the societal usage of citizen science data in Sweden. Swedish citizens provide, through reporting observations to the Swedish Species Observation System (SSOS) a large part of the data used in societal decision-making concerning environmental planning in Sweden. The empirical question is how the credibility of data is understood among the different actors of Swedish society. SSOS offers a unique possibility to understand how data collected and classified by citizens is used in society. SSOS is serving several Swedish public authorities, including municipalities and County Administrative Boards, responsible to carry out the policies developed by The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Furthermore, the Swedish Board of Agriculture, The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, The Swedish Forest Agency as well as the Land and Environmental Courts all use data from SSOS for monitoring protected areas, in inquiries concerning large environmentally-destructive activities, municipal planning, and in species action plans. Three thematic contexts wherein critical issues in relation to the societal usage of citizen science data become relevant will be investigated:

  1. the role and importance that SSOS data attain in relation to decision-making among public authorities
  2. the issue of data quality and
  3. motivations among citizen for collecting the data

Selected recent and forthcoming publications and activities

Kasperowski, D & Hillman, T (2017) The culture of contribution in citizen science: Programs and anti-programs. Proceedings of Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). August 30 - September 2, 2017. STS (In)Sensibilities. Boston, USA

Ulrike Sturm, Sven Schade, Luigi Ceccaroni, Margaret Gold, Christopher C. M. Kyba, Bernat Claramunt, Muki Haklay, Dick Kasperowski, Alexandra Albert, Jaume Piera, Jonathan Brier, Christopher Kullenberg, Soledad Luna (2017) Defining principles for mobile apps and platforms development in citizen science. Research Ideas and Outcomes 3: e21283 (10 Oct 2017) https://doi.org/10.3897/rio.3.e21283

Kasperowski, D, Hagen, H (2017) Medborgarforskningens former: perception, epistemisk representation och hybriditet. I Vetenskap och demokrati. Red aktörer Linda Soneryd och Göran Sundkvist. Studentlitteratur. (In progress)

Hård af Segerstad, Y, Howes, C, Kasperowski, D & Kullenberg, C (2016) Studying closed communities on-line: digital methods and ethical considerations beyond informed consent and pseudonymity. I Zimmer, M & Kinder-Kurlanda, K (Eds.) Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age: New Cases and Challenges. Peter Lang Publisher, New York: Digital Formations (Steve Jones, series editor)

Kullenberg C, Kasperowski D (2016) What Is Citizen Science? – A Scientometric Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE 11(1): e0147152. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0147152

Kasperowski D, Bronéus, F (2016) The Swedish mass experiment: a way of encouraging scientific citizenship. JCOM - Journal of Science Communication, 15 (1) s. 1-9 (4 s).

Hård af Segerstad, Y, Kasperowski, D, Refslund Christensen, D & Sandvik, K (2016) Bereaved parents’ online grief communities: de-tabooing practices or grief-ghettos?
Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. ISSN: 0883-8151. E-ISSN:1550-6878.

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.

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

Assoc. Professor

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