Category: academic

New course on Big Data

In the academic year 2017-18, I’ll be giving a course to Masters students in Computer Science at the Faculty of Science and Engineering of the University of Groningen. It will replace another elective course that focused on ethics, and I’m hoping that it will… Continue Reading “New course on Big Data”

New publication on Smart Grids coincides with 5th edition Groningen Energy Summer School

29 juni 2016 Every year, the University of Groningen and the Energy Academy Europe organise a summer programme, the Groningen Energy Summer School (GESS). This year, a new collection of writing on smart grids will appear, based on contributions to the GESS editions of… Continue Reading “New publication on Smart Grids coincides with 5th edition Groningen Energy Summer School”

A new job

Since 1 January, I’ve been leading the programme Energysense. With over 200 households registered, we are well into the pilot phase of this exciting initiative. Energysense is eminently interdisciplinary, and located at the interface between research, infrastructure, innovation and engagement. A wonderful adventure with… Continue Reading “A new job”

Big data as knowledge production

In this keynote presentation at the upcoming Swiss STS meeting in Lausanne , I will consider big data as a form of knowledge production that has developed in relation the changes we have observed in the past decades in terms growth, accountability, network effects… Continue Reading “Big data as knowledge production”

Gift for Infinity: vote for energy transition

Until the 30th of September, our pitch for research addressing success factors in the energy transition is featured in a short video on http://www.RUG400.nl. We are very pleased that in the context of the 400th anniversary of the University of Groningen, and in particular,… Continue Reading “Gift for Infinity: vote for energy transition”

Researcher on the Roof

In the framework of the 400th anniversary of the University of Groningen, the public was asked to send in questions to the university. Several of these dealt with energy and sustainability, and together with some members of the public, a video was made to… Continue Reading “Researcher on the Roof”

Going into the field, ethically…

Adolfo Estalella‘s recently completed PhD dissertation gave rise to a series of interactions that were ethically laden. Similarly, my recent fieldwork in a women’s studies group in a university in the Netherlands meant rethinking some of my assumptions about the proper way of going,… Continue Reading “Going into the field, ethically…”

What difference does a website make?

A website that presents the collection through gorgeous visuals is now considered a must for any self-respecting museum.  Photographs of objects, of exhibitions and of the museum itself are increasingly common interfaces, linking museums, visitors, experts, collections. How are users engaged by these interfaces?… Continue Reading “What difference does a website make?”

How we use mailing lists for fieldwork

A pleasant and productive collaboration with Mette Høybye led to the following chapter, which just appeared in the The Handbook of Emergent Technologies in Social Research, edited by Sharlene Hessse-Biber, Oxford: Oxford University Press. We wrote about Studying Mailing Lists: text, temporality, interaction and… Continue Reading “How we use mailing lists for fieldwork”