Maja Van Der Velden
My research is focused on the design and impact of emerging technologies, in particular the interaction of technologies with people, societies and planet, with sustainability impacts of electronics design, youth and health informatics, and the impacts of digitalization on local knowledges as special interests. Informed by Science and Technology Studies, Systems Thinking, and Critical Theory of Technology, I pursue topics in the field of design, human computer interaction, and information systems. These interests are also reflected in my teaching, in which I work with a critical constructivist learning methodology, actively involving students in exploring the social and ethical effects of technology design and use. Prior to joining the University of Oslo, I worked for a number of years advising civil society organisations on the adaptation of information and communications technology, in particular in contexts of economic development and social change.
I have implemented research in Canada (teenage patients), Ghana (repair and recycling), India (digitalisation of local health knowledge of traditional healers), Kenya (global knowledge sharing in a Masai community), Netherlands (repair), Norway (teenage patients, repair), and the Middle East (gender, human rights). In terms of research leadership at the University of Oslo, I am at the moment active as:
- Leader of the research group Sustainability and Design of the Digitalisation research section at the Department of Informatics.
- Academic leader of the Sustainability & Design Lab at the Department of Informatics.
- Deputy leader of Futuring Nordics, a UiO:Nordic-financed project, focusing on the transition towards sustainable business models of Nordic companies.
- Work package leader of SMART Mobile Phones, as part of the SMART project, an Horizon2020-financed project, in which my team implements research on the social and environmental sustainability in the lifecycle of mobile phones.
- Project leader of KULU, a project in which we explore new methods and design with and for young people with health challenges.
I teach IN5010/IN9010 Design, Technology & Society, a master/PhD course in which we look at different theoretical perspectives on the relations between design, technology, and society. We explore these relations 'hands-on' in discussions, design and deconstruction workshops, visualisations, and written work. Some of the topics we explore are sustainability, autonomous systems, privacy/surveillance, gender, and repair. It is a five-week intensive course (90 contact hours). In addition, I give several guest lectures in other IFI courses, focusing on social and ethical aspects of informatics.
I am supervising PhD candidates and master students on a variety of topics:
PhD candidates (main supervisor):
- Svein Kjøde - Designing transitions towards sustainability with Nordic companies
- Ines Junge - Extending the lifespan of digital artifacts
- Alice Frantz Schneider - E-waste management systems
- Eunji Lee - Making the invisible visible: Understanding complex healthcare service processes
- Margaret Machnia Sommervold - In Illness and in Health - A critical inquiry of the potential of digital health technology for supporting youth in health care transitions
PhD candidates (co-supervisor):
- Swati Sristava - Design for sustainable consumption
- Jorun Børsting - Participatory design with young people with ME
- Stian Jessen - Design and utilization of Gameful Designs in Mobile Interventions for Patients With Chronic Illnesses
- Sumit Pandey - “Designing Smart Things”
- Suhas Govind Joshi - Designing for capabilities. A phenomenological approach to the design of enabling technologies for older adults
Twenty-seven of my master students have successfully finished their master exam. I am currently the supervisor of the following master students (2019-2021), who are all working in sustainability and design related topics:
- Cathrine Bui
- Maren Søby Fosser
- Anne Sofie Gjøby
- Jakob Kongsrud
- Suresh Sapkota
- Siv Årsand
- Member of the PhD Board of the Department of Informatics, University of Oslo (2014 -)
- Member Sustainable Market Actors Network
- Member Daughters of Themis
- Chair Working Group 9.9 ICT & Sustainable Development of the International Federation of Information Processing
- Associate Chair Programme Committee NordiCHI 2018
- Member of The National Committee for Research Ethics in Science and Technology (NENT) (2014-2017)
- Founding board member Restarters Norway, a community repair organisation (2016 - 2018)
- Oteng-Ababio, Martin; van der Velden, Maja & Taylor, Mark Beaumont (2020). Building Policy Coherence for Sound Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Management in a Developing Country. The Journal of environment & development. ISSN 1070-4965. . doi: 10.1177/1070496519898218 Show summary
- Taylor, Mark Beaumont & Van Der Velden, Maja (2019). Resistance to Regulation: Failing Sustainability in Product Lifecycles. Sustainability. ISSN 2071-1050. 11(22) . doi: 10.3390/su11226526
- Junge, Ines & van der Velden, Maja (2018). Obsolescence in Information and Communication Technology: A Critical Discourse Analysis, In David G. Kreps; Charles Melvin Ess; Louise Leenen & Kai K. Kimppa (ed.), This Changes Everything - ICT and Climate Change: What Can We Do?. springer. ISBN 978-3-319-99605-9. 14. s 188 - 201 Show summary
- van der Velden, Maja (2018). Digitalisation and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: What role for design. ID&A Interaction design & architecture(s). ISSN 1826-9745. (37), s 160- 174 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
- van der Velden, Maja (2018). ICT and Sustainability: Looking Beyond the Anthropocene, In David G. Kreps; Charles Melvin Ess; Louise Leenen & Kai K. Kimppa (ed.), This Changes Everything - ICT and Climate Change: What Can We Do?. springer. ISBN 978-3-319-99605-9. 12. s 166 - 180 Show summary
- van der Velden, Maja; Joshi, Suhas Govind & Culén, Alma Leora (2018). Designed for Learning: Experiences with the intensive course format in informatics. NOKOBIT - Norsk konferanse for organisasjoners bruk av informasjonsteknologi. ISSN 1892-0748. 26(1) Show summary
- Sommervold, Margaret Machniak & van der Velden, Maja (2017). Visions of Illness, Disease, and Sickness in Mobile Health Applications. Societies. ISSN 2075-4698. 7(4) . doi: 10.3390/soc7040028 Full text in Research Archive.
- Abdelnour-Nocera, José; Strano, Michele; Ess, Charles Melvin; van der Velden, Maja & Hrachovec, Herbert (2016). Culture, technology, communication common world, different futures: 10th IFIP WG 13.8 international conference, CaTaC 2016 London, UK, june 15–17, 2016 revised selected papers. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. ISSN 1868-4238. 490, s V
- Abdelnour-Nocera, José; Strano, Michele; Ess, Charles Melvin; van der Velden, Maja & Hrachovec, Herbert (2016). Culture, Technology, Communication. Common World, Different Futures: 10th IFIP WG 13.8 International Conference, CaTaC 2016, London, UK, June 15-17, 2016, Revised Selected Papers. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-50109-3. 149 s.
- Oteng-Ababio, Martin & van der Velden, Maja (2019). “Welcome to Sodom” – Six myths about electronic waste in Agbogbloshie, Ghana. Standplaats Wereld.
- Oteng-Ababio, Martin & van der Velden, Maja (2019). 'Welcome to Sodom' - Six myths about electronic waste in Agbogbloshie, Ghana. Blogging for Sustainability.
- Taylor, Mark Beaumont & van der Velden, Maja (2019). Resisting Regulation: Failing sustainability in product lifecycles.
- van der Velden, Maja (2019). Fixing the World One Thing at the Time: Community Repair and the Circular Economy.
- van der Velden, Maja (2019). March 8 – Women’s Health, Decent Work and the Electronics Industry. Blogging for Sustainability.
- van der Velden, Maja (2019). Vi er alle tapere i saken Apple vant. Dagens næringsliv. ISSN 0803-9372.
- van der Velden, Maja (2017). Design for living in the doughnut: The case of the mobile phone.
- van der Velden, Maja (2017). Thinking with Care: Exploring interdisciplinarity in a global research project.
- van der Velden, Maja (2017). Why the most sustainable mobile is the one you own. KLIMA - Et magasin om klimaforskning fra CICERO.
- van der Velden, Maja & Borge, Krister (2017). Rett til reparasjon. Dagsavisen. ISSN 1503-2892.
- van der Velden, Maja & Taylor, Mark (2017). Sustainability Hotspot Analysis of the Mobile Phone Lifecycle.