DigIT is a multidisciplinary research group. By our background we represent various fields of social and educational sciences.
Research Group Leader
Assosiate Professor (Digital Learning at Work)
My main research themes and interests are within technology mediated collaborative work, learning, and inquiry. I have been involved in many projects on developing computer supported collaborative learning, and on the uses of building information modelling (BIM) in construction projects. I have written a lot on abductive methodology and reasoning, on three metaphors of learning (acquisition, participation, knowledge creation), and on the trialogical approach to learning.
My main research interest is the development of collaboration between different parties in digitally-mediated workplaces, organizations and networks. Recently, I have studied the development of knotworking in a process from idea generation to re-modelling the concept and experimenting with the new concepts in BIM environments. My previous studies relate to boundary crossing between expert communities and supporting the change efforts of these communities with Change Laboratory methodology in health care organizations. I apply activity-theoretically based methodologies such as ethnography of change in collaboration with several public organizations and private companies. I have received a title of Docent (adjunct professor) in organizational learning at the University of Helsinki.
Postdoctoral Researcher, PhD
My key research interest is the role of objects and technologies in work activities, communities, and networks. Currently I am working on a project Transformation of Academic Work and Digitalization, which aims at understanding the practicalities behind digitalization in the field of higher education from the perspective of work research.
I have participated in projects on studying collaborative work and learning in craft and artisan work, digital printing and design. I am working within a framework of Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT). In my research I use primarily qualitative research methods. I am specifically interested in applying ethnography for studying work, work change, and digitalization. My background is in psychology and adult education.
My dissertation focuses on the applications of extended reality (XR) in work life projects. I'm interested in communication and collaboration in and out physical and virtual worlds and how new digital tools change the ways of participation, both with enabling and disabling features. To study whether XR applications enhance and enable new ways of evaluation of the goals of each individual project, I use ethnographic methods with actual work life projects in areas such as construction and urban planning.