Sisse Finken

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Research interests

Engaged both theoretically and empirically in techno/social-anthropological research, my work is concerned with understanding relationships between practices of design and use — between the technological and the social.  My research is influenced by work in the traditions of anthropology of technology, computer supported cooperative work, participatory design, and science and technology studies, and as such I both draw on and consistently question such methodological frames.

Moving with a Foucaultian strategy within these intellectual landscapes, I have studied and written about how the discourses of emancipation that are common to the participatory design tradition legitimate specific modes of understanding and power within this research-design practice (Finken, 2003; Finken & Stuedahl 2008).  A Foucaultian/STS strategy I also brought along to a field study that was concerned with how particular methods are used as a reference point by usability designers in the context of commercial design projects (Finken, 2005).  In this research, I have shown how design efforts in this setting emerge as performativities shaped by wishes for a future method to coordinate work, and as technologies that produce specific kinds of knowledge.

Currently I am the project leader of Case C ‘When health care services move to the home’ (in the figure of the “smart home”) in the project Autonomy and Automation in an information society for all funded by The Research Council of Norway (VERDIKT) for a four-year period.  In this work I seek to understand the relations between digital automation and so-called autonomy in the context of new design for smart homes in the elderly care sector.  In an ethnographic study I am gathering insight into the shifts and negotiations that follow care technologies when they move in and are to find their place among and with caregivers, residents, and a particular policy about care.  Specifically, I focus on design and displacement within the realm of practices of living and working with technology in special care units and smart homes.  In such technology rich settings, care and technology become closely interwoven and, thusly, difficult to separate (Finken & Mörtberg 2010; Finken and Mörtberg 2012).  Further, such settings come to problematize the notion that the location of care can be confined to a particular body — subject or object — because care technologies need to be cared for — and a wide range of related resources therefore enlisted — in order to work properly (Finken 2012).  This again brings about questions concerning cooperation, independency, dependency, organizing, ordering, negotiating, and displacements.  I am currently at work on a series of papers that articulate these issues in greater detail.


Higher education and employment history

  • UiO, The Design group, from 2007 - present
  • Municipal Archivist, Søllerød Kommune, Denmark
  • PhD. Computer Science, Roskilde University, Denmark
  • MA. Information Studies and Social Anthropology, University of Aarhus, Denmark



At present I teach two courses:

  • Qualitative Research Methods in IS-research: INF5220
  • Advancements in interaction design: INF5590

I also advise PhD and master students in areas such as: Ethnographic studies on care work and care technologies (smart homes); Design and Displacements; Art Design; Design, Innovation, Living Labs; Interaction Design and Design Research; Health Care Innovation in rural areas of developing countries; Ships bridges; Social Media; Participatory Design; STS.

Previously taught courses at UiO:

  • INF5200 Computer Supported Cooperative Work
  • INF5010 Social aspects of technology and science


  • Member of the Ph.D.-board
  • Member of the program committee IFIP TC9 11th Human Choice and Computer Conference. The next HCC to be held in Turku, Finland, 2014
  • Member of the program/organizing committee the Participatory Design Conference since 2008.  The next PDC is to be held in Namibia, Africa, 2014
  • Member of the international stakeholder panel for Personal Health Systems Futures
  • Member of the advisory board for Transisto, Oslo Norway (2012-2013)
  • Member of the program committee Digital Media (2008-2010)


Editorial Review Activities

  • Comminucations of the ACM
  • Journal of STS Encounters
  • The NordiCHI conference
  • The EASST conference
  • The Participatory Design Conference
  • The CSCW Journal
  • Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems
  • The European Symposium on Gender and ICT
  • Journal of Science, Technology, & Human Values
  • The Interact Conference
  • The Nordic Design Research Conference
  • The IRIS Conference
  • Journal of Telematics and Informatics


Research project

Autonomy and Automation in an information society for all (A3)Project leader in case C 'When health care services move to the home' - empirically driven studies on work and daily life in care and smart house settings.



Oslo Kommune, Norway; GERIA, Norway; Aalborg University, Denmark; Norrbotten Country Council, Sweden

Emneord: antropologiske teknologi studier, videnskab og teknologi studier (sts), smarthusteknologi, omsorg, arbejdspladsstudier (cscw), etnografi, brugerinvolveret design (pd), interaktionsdesign


  • Pan, Yushan & Finken, Sisse (2016). Visualising actor network for cooperative systems in marine technology, In  Technology and Intimacy: Choice or Coercion.  Springer Publishing Company.  ISBN 978-3-319-44804-6.  Communications.  s 178 - 190
  • Pan, Yushan; Finken, Sisse & Komandur, Sashidharan (2015). Are Current Usabilty Methods Viable for Maritime Operation Systems? , In Leslie Miller & Alma Leora Culén (ed.),  ACHI 2015, The Eighth International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions.  ThinkMind.  ISBN 978-1-61208-382-7.  KAPITTEL.  s 161 - 167
  • Pan, Yushan; Komandur, Sashidharan & Finken, Sisse (2015). Complex Systems, Cooperative Work, and Usability . Journal of Usability Studies.  ISSN 1931-3357.  10(3), s 100- 112
  • Pan, Yushan; Komandur, Sashidharan; Finken, Sisse & Hildre, Hans Petter (2014). An Analytical Review of Usability Evaluation for Ship Bridge Multi-Screen Complex Systems, In Ukjent Ukjent (ed.),  Human factors in ship design and operation : 26-27 February 2014, London, UK.  Royal Institution of Naval Architects.  ISBN 978-1-909024-24-3.  Kapittel.  s 109 - 114
  • Chawani, Marlen Stacey; Kaasbøll, Jens & Finken, Sisse (2014). Stakeholder Participation in the development of an Electronic Medical Record system in Malawi . PDC.  ISSN 2150-5896.  1, s 71- 80 . doi: 10.1145/2661435.2661444
  • Chawani, Marlen Stacey; Kaasbøll, Jens; Finken, Sisse; Herstad, Jo & Malata, Address (2014). Balancing work practices and protocols in the design of EMR systems: The case of developing an EMR system for antenatal care services in Malawi . Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries.  ISSN 1681-4835.  63(1), s 1- 26
  • Culén, Alma Leora & Finken, Sisse (2014). A Skirt for Well Aged Ladies with Cognitive Loss, In Constantine Stephanidis & Margherita Antona (ed.),  Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Design and Development Methods for Universal Access.  Springer.  ISBN 978-3-319-07436-8.  kapittel.  s 325 - 336
  • Culén, Alma Leora; Finken, Sisse & Gasparini, Andrea (2014). iCONFESS Mirroring Digital Self-Disclosure in a Physical Booth, In Gabriele Meiselwitz (ed.),  Social Computing and Social Media 6th International Conference, SCSM 2014, Held as Part of HCI International 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014. Proceedings.  Springer.  ISBN 978-3-319-07632-4.  kapittel.  s 430 - 439
  • Culén, Alma Leora; Mainsah, Henry & Finken, Sisse (2014). Design Practice in Human Computer Interaction Design Education , In Leslie Miller & Alma Leora Culén (ed.),  ACHI 2014, The Seventh International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions.  ThinkMind.  ISBN 978-1-61208-325-4.  kapittel.  s 300 - 306
  • Culén, Alma Leora; Mainsah, Henry & Finken, Sisse (2014). Design, Creativity and Human Computer Interaction Design Education. International Journal On Advances in Life Sciences.  ISSN 1942-2660.  6(3&4), s 97- 106
  • Finken, Sisse; Culén, Alma Leora & Gasparini, Andrea (2014). Nurturing Creativity: Assemblages in HCI Design Practices , In Kristina Niedderer (ed.),  Proceedings of DRS 2014: Design's big debates. Design Research Society Biennal international conference 16-19 June 2014.  Design Research Society.  ISBN 978-91-7601-068-6.  kapittel.  s 1204 - 1217
  • Finken, Sisse & Mörtberg, Christina M (2014). Performing Elderliness - Intra-actions with Digital Domestic Care Technologies , In Kai K. Kimppa; Diane Whitehouse; Tiina Kuusela & Jackie Phahlamohlaka (ed.),  ICT and Society. 11th IFIP TC9 International Conference on Human Choice and Computers, HCC11 2014. Turku, Finland, July 30 - August 1, 2014. Proceedings.  Springer.  ISBN 978-3-662-44207-4.  chapter.  s 307 - 319
  • Culén, Alma; Finken, Sisse & Bratteteig, Tone (2013). Design and Interaction in a Smart Gym: Cognitive and Bodily Mastering , In Andreas Holzinger; Martina Ziefle; Martin Hitz & Matjaz Debevc (ed.),  Human Factors in Computing and Informatics.  Springer-Verlag.  ISBN 978-3-642-39061-6.  Designing for Situated Elderliness.  s 609 - 616
  • Finken, Sisse (2012). Homework: When home becomes workplace in the very upholding of 'home': On public care services and care technology in private homes, In John Chandler; Jim Barry & Elisabeth Berg (ed.),  Dilemmas for Human Services. Papers from the 15th Research Conference 2011.  Royal Docks Business School University of East London, United Kingdom.  ISBN 9781905858286.  Paper.  s 32 - 39
  • Reyes, Lill Francis M. & Finken, Sisse (2012). Social Media as a platform for Participatory Design , In Kim Halskov; Ole Sejer Iversen; Monica Büscher; Jesper Simonsen & Keld Bødker (ed.),  PDC 2012 Embracing New Territories of Participation. Proceedings of the 12th Participatory design Conference. Vol. 2: Exploratory Papers, Workhop Descriptions, Industry Cases. August 12-16, 2012, Roskilde University, Denmark.  Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  ISBN 978-1-4503-1296-7.  Vol. 2.  s 89 - 92
  • Finken, Sisse (2010). Changing the Gender of Design, In Pirjo Elovaara; Johanna Sefyrin; May-Britt Öhman & Christina Björkman (ed.),  Traveling Thoughtfulness - feminist technoscience stories.  Umeå University,Department of Informatics.  ISBN 978-91-7459-094-4.  artikel.  s 85 - 93
  • Finken, Sisse & Stuedahl, Dagny (2008). Silence as an analytical category for PD, In Jesper Simonsen; Toni Robertson & David Hakken (ed.),  Proceedings of Participatory Design Conference.  ACM Press.  ISBN 978-0-9818561-0-0.  KAPITTEL.  s 170 - 173

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  • Finken, Sisse; Mörtberg, Christina M & Mirijamdotter, Anita (2017). 2017: Dilemmas 2015 Papers from the 18th Annual International Conference Dilemmas for Human Services: Organizing, Designing and Managing. Linnaeus University Dissertations.  ISBN 978-91-87925-74-0.

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  • Pan, Yushan & Finken, Sisse (2016). Visualising Actor Network for Cooperative Systems in Marine Technology.
  • Finken, Sisse (2014). Hands at work - Care and Technologies.
  • Finken, Sisse & Mörtberg, Christina M (2014). White papers and everyday practices - modes of doing.
  • Elovaara, Pirjo; de Petis, Linus; Finken, Sisse; Mörtberg, Christina M & Sefyrin, Johanne (2013). Meaning Making as a becoming: Sociomaterial orientations towards meaning making in organizational settings.
  • Finken, Sisse (2013). Ethnographic inquiries into digital artifacts and use as outcome of negotiations.
  • Finken, Sisse (2013). Foucault, Design Research, and the Care for work and technologies.
  • Finken, Sisse; Mörtberg, Christina M & Elovaara, Pirjo (2013). Embodiments. The becoming of ethnographic data: when subjects and objects touch.
  • Elovaara, Pirjo; Finken, Sisse & Mörtberg, Christina M (2012). From Mutual Learning to Agential Learning.
  • Finken, Sisse (2012). Autonomy and Automation in an IT society for All: When technologies move to the home.
  • Finken, Sisse (2012). Qualitative Research Methods.
  • Finken, Sisse & Hegna, Knut (2012). Apple design - hvor kommer brukervennligheten fra og hva består den i.
  • Finken, Sisse & Mörtberg, Christina M (2012). Smart homes: Performing identity - a reading of human technology intra-actions.
  • Finken, Sisse & Mörtberg, Christina M (2012). Smart homes: in- and exclusions in design.
  • Reyes, Lill Francis M. & Finken, Sisse (2012). Social Media. Participatory Design.
  • Bratteteig, Tone; Finken, Sisse & Mörtberg, Christina M (2011). Shifting relations and moving artefacts: on women's work in smart houses.
  • Finken, Sisse (2011). Foucault’s research strategy in research and design.
  • Finken, Sisse (2011). HomeWork. The smart house - public care and care technology in private homes.
  • Finken, Sisse (2011). Notions of home and care technology within the elder care sector.
  • Finken, Sisse & Mörtberg, Christina M (2011). The Thinking House: configurings of an infrastructure of care.
  • Finken, Sisse; Mörtberg, Christina M; van der Velden, Maja & Bratteteig, Tone (2011). The Becoming of Places: Stories of meaning and matter from a university metro station through still pictures.
  • Finken, Sisse (2010). Pink, Gender and Design.
  • Finken, Sisse (2010). The thinking house, the thinking plan-makers: the thinking politics of care.
  • Bratteteig, Tone; Finken, Sisse & van der Velden, Maja (2009). Autonomy and Automation in an ‘Information Society for All’.
  • Finken, Sisse (2009). Design and Ethnography. The social relatinships of things.
  • van der Velden, Maja; Bratteteig, Tone & Finken, Sisse (2009). Entangled matter: thinking differently about materials in design .
  • van der Velden, Maja; Bratteteig, Tone; Finken, Sisse & Mörtberg, Christina M (2009). Autonomy and Automation in an Information Society for All.
  • van der Velden, Maja; Bratteteig, Tone; Finken, Sisse & Mörtberg, Christina M (2009). Autonomy and Automation in an Information Society for All, In Judith Ann Molka-Danielsen (ed.),  Proceedings of the 32nd Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia, IRIS 32 - Inclusive design.  Høgskolen i Molde.  ISBN 9788279621201.  KAPITTEL.
  • Finken, Sisse & Stuedahl, Dagny (2008). Silence as an analytical category for PD.
  • Finken, Sisse & Stuedahl, Dagny (2007). Communicating silence, noticing relations.

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