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Academic interests

My research is informed by Science and Technology Studies (STS), Information Systems research (IS), Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), and anthropology of technology and infrastructure. I am particularly interested in how infrastructures not only facilitate societal functions but also shape societies. Another key research interest is solar electricity systems in rural and urban environments. In my Ph.D. thesis, I have written about the development of a solar electricity mini-grid in a village in Bangladesh. 

Ongoing projects

In the project “InfraData: Infrastructuring Internet of Things for public governance” (funded by the Norwegian Research Council) I research how Internet of Things, such as sensors embedded in urban environments, inform and shape processes of governance.

In the project “Learning Flexibility – Complexity, innovation and inter-urban knowledge transfer,” I am exploring cases of innovative solutions to urban problems, focusing on responses to energy crises. I am also a part of the project “Hug the streets,” which explores the possibilities and challenges of planting and maintaining trees in city streets. Both projects came out of the Norwegian Research Council’s Idea lab “Cities that work” in 2016.

I also participate in the project SMART (Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade), doing research on the lifecycle of mobile phones, and contributing to the understanding of sustainable technology design. The SMART project is funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 progamme.


I have a master’s degree (cand.polit.) in social anthropology from University of Oslo, and have previously worked in international development and telecom. My regional focus area is South Asia.

Tags: sustainable technology, mobile phone, infrastructure, solar electricity, Bangladesh, Smart cities, South Asia, mini-grid


  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2019). Knowing Through Relations. On the Epistemology and Methodology of Being a Reflexive Insider. ID&A Interaction design & architecture(s).  ISSN 1826-9745.  38, s 107- 123
  • Baker, Karen S.; Botero, Andrea; Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie; Karasti, Helena; Marttila, Sanna; Parmiggiani, Elena & Saad-Sulonen, Joanna (2018). What does infrastructuring look like in STS? When? Workshop Report. EASST Review.  ISSN 1384-5160.  37(4)
  • Grisot, Miria; Parmiggiani, Elena & Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2018). Infrastructuring Internet of Things for Public Governance, In P Bednar; Ulrich Frank & Karlheinz Kautz (ed.),  European Conference on Information Systems: Beyond Digitization - Facets of Socio-Technical Change ECIS 2018 Proceedings.  Association for Information Systems.  ISBN 9781861376671.  KAPITTEL. Show summary
  • Pettersen, Ida Nilstad; Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie & Johnsrud, Hanne (2018). The tree as method: co-creating with urban ecosystems, In Liesbeth Huybrechts; Maurizio Teli; Ann Light; Yanki Lee; Carl Di Salvo; Erik Grönvall; Anne Marie Kanstrup & Keld Bødker (ed.),  Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Situated Actions, Workshops and Tutorial - Volume 2.  Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  ISBN 978-1-4503-5574-2.  Article No. 21. Full text in Research Archive.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2017). Smart environments? Reflections on the role of metaphors in IS. Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems.  ISSN 0905-0167.  29(2) Full text in Research Archive.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2013). The ambiguous photocopier - a story about designing for development. IRIS Selected Papers of the Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia.  ISSN 1891-9863.  s 119- 133 Show summary
  • Geirbo, Hanne C (2011). The Community Power concept: mitigating urban–rural digital divide with renewable energy mini grids. IRIS Selected Papers of the Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia.  ISSN 1891-9863.  (2), s 173- 182

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  • Botero, Andrea; Karasti, Helena; Saad-Sulonen, Joanna; Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie; Karen, Baker; Parmiggiani, Elena & Marttila, Sanna (2019). Drawing Together: Infrastructuring and Politics for Participatory Design - a visual collection of cases, issues, questions, and relevant literature. Full text in Research Archive.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2019). Brukermedvirkning i elektrisitetsbransjen - muligheter og problemstillinger sett fra Norge, Colombia og USA.
  • Pettersen, Ida Nilstad; Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie & Johnsrud, Hanne (2019). Involving street trees and other nonhumans in urban design.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2018). Seeing through sensors - reflections on IoT in the public sector. Show summary
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad & Johnsrud, Hanne (2018). Exploring diverging visions of the future city using the tree as method. Show summary
  • Harboe, Lisbet; Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie & Hoelscher, Kristian (2018). 2 Cities - 2 Ciudades | Oslo & Medellín forum.
  • Harboe, Lisbet; Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie; Hoelscher, Kristian; Petersen, Sobah Abbas & Christie, Ingrid Nytun (2018). Norske floker - urbane utfordringer. Rapport fra forskningsprosjektet Learning Flexibility 2018. Full text in Research Archive.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2017). Crafting connections – practices of infrastructuring. An ethnographic study of developing a village electricity grid in Bangladesh.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2017). Imagining smart environments - Reflections on the role of metaphors in infrastructure development. Show summary
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2017). Inviting flexibility in electricity system design - experiences from a pilot project in Bangladesh.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2017). Landsbystrøm gjennom mobilteknologi.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2017). Mobilising multi-scalar energy sector transformations through solution-oriented research on systemic solar adoption.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2016). Configuring electricity moralities - from a solar mini-grid pilot in Bangladesh.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2016). Hjemmet som strømprodusent.
  • Harboe, Lisbet; Hoelscher, Kristian; Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie; Petersen, Sobah Abbas & Christie, Ingrid Nytun (2016). Hvilken vei skal byene gå?. Dagsavisen.  ISSN 1503-2892.  s 6
  • Hoelscher, Kristian; Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie; Ingrid, Christie; Petersen, Sobah Abbas & Harboe, Lisbet (2016, 18. oktober). Hvilken vei skal byene gå?.  Dagsavisen.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2015). Forbrukernes rolle i utvikling av smart teknologi.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2015). Solar powered village electrification based on mobile network infrastructure - experiences from a pilot project in Bangladesh.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2015). Å planlegge for bærekraft - erfaringer med å bygge et solcelledrevet mini-grid i Bangladesh.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2014). Research and village politics - reflections on positionality and embodiment in action research.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2014). Solcelledrevne strømnett i utviklingsland - fra planlegging til drift.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2013). Elektrifisering gjennom mobilnettverk - erfaringer fra et pilotprosjekt i Bangladesh.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2013, 29. mai). Fabrikkbrannen i Savar - om klesbransjen i Bangladesh. [Radio].  NRK - Dagsnytt 18.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2013, 01. mars). Intervju om den politiske situasjonen i Bangladesh. [Radio].  Sveriges Radio - Studio 1.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2013). Mobile electricity - a study of the development of a village electricity grid.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2013). Mobile towers as electricity hubs - studying the emergence of an infrastructure.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie & Aanestad, Margunn (2013). Community Power taking place - studying the implementation and redesign of a village electricity grid in Bangladesh.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie; Bakken, Vebjørn & Selj, Josefine Helene (2013). Mobil kraft. Dagens næringsliv.  ISSN 0803-9372.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen & Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2013). Ideologisk strid og politisk undergang? Bangladesh mot valg.
  • Bakken, Vebjørn; Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie & Braa, Kristin (2012). Community power project in Bangladesh.
  • Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie; Bakken, Vebjørn & Braa, Kristin (2012). Leveraging mobile network infrastructure for rural electrification - experiences from an ongoing pilot project in Bangladesh.
  • Wilhite, Harold Langford; Elverhøi, Anders; Bakken, Vebjørn; Winther, Tanja; Braa, Kristin & Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie (2012). Social impacts of electricity in rural areas.

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Published Nov. 4, 2010 1:54 PM - Last modified Apr. 21, 2017 4:39 PM