Network members

Sil Aarts, PhD

Assistant professor, Department of Health Services Research, Maastricht University

Dr. Sil Aarts works as an assistant professor at the Department of Health Services Research, part of the research school Care and Public Health Research Institute, Maastricht University. She is affiliated with the Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care, a structural partnership between nine large long-term care organizations, Gilde Intermediate Vocational Training Institute, VISTA College (secondary vocational education), Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and Maastricht University, all located in the southern part of the Netherlands. Her research line focuses on the use of (big) data and innovative analysing techniques in order to improve the quality of care, quality of life and quality of work in long-term care for older adults. Currently, she is focused on the use of text-mining in analysing large amounts of interviews and electronic health records. In both her work and her free time, she loves to code in R.

Recent publications

Aarts S., Daniels R., Hamers J. & Verbeek H. Data in de langdurige ouderenzorg. Tijdschrift voor Ouderengeneeskunde. 2020.

Manen A., Aarts S., Metzelthin S., Verbeek H., Hamers J. & Zwakhalen S. A communication model for nursing staff working in dementia care: Results of a scoping review International Journal of Nursing Studies. 2020, 113.

van de Baan F, Aarts S & Verbeek H. Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic: Video Calling For Connecting with Family Residing in Nursing Homes. IPA Bulletin. 2020. Special Issue: Telehealth.

Tanja Ahlin, PhD

Assistant professor, Department of Health Services Research, Maastricht University

How do technologies shape elder care, especially when it is practiced at a distance? How do they influence what (health) care comes to mean and how it should be done to be considered good care? As an Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies researcher, I use ethnographic methods to explore how everyday digital and specialized health technologies participate in formal and informal elder care. In February 2020, I defended my PhD thesis on everyday digital technologies in elder care among Indian transnational families. I am currently a lecturer at UvA and Amsterdam Medical Center, teaching qualitative methods and social science theory. My doctoral research has been funded through the TransGlobalHealth Joint Degree program by the European Commission, and AISSR, University of Amsterdam. Previously, I obtained a MA in Health and Society in South Asia from Heidelberg University. Besides academic publications, my research has been presented in the Huffington Post, Madras Courier, and Vrij Nederland, and on websites such as Somatosphere and AllegraLab. Currently, I am working on a book project based on my PhD thesis, and I am also developing my new project on live and robot animals in elder care.

Recent publications

Ahlin, T. (2020). Frequent callers:“Good care” with ICTs in Indian transnational families. Medical Anthropology, 39(1), 69-82.

Ahlin, T., & Sen, K. (2020). Shifting duties: becoming ‘good daughters’ through elder care practices in transnational families from Kerala, India. Gender, Place & Culture27(10), 1395-1414.

Ahlin, T. (2018). Only near is dear? Doing elderly care with everyday ICTs in Indian transnational families. Medical Anthropology Quarterly32(1), 85-102.


Roser Beneito-Montagut, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Cardiff School Social Sciences, UK

I see myself mainly as a sociologist, especially engaging with media, communication and technology studies. I am a senior lecturer in the Cardiff School Social Sciences (UK) and a member of the research group CareNet at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). My current research focuses particularly on the topics of social connectedness and social media, digital later life, the digital ageing body and care in the networked society. I am interested in relations, emotions and affects. I have written about the socio-cultural and material dimensions of “being” and interacting online; emotions; methodological innovations in relation to the availability of digital data; and about digital later life and ageing.

Recent publications

López-Gómez, D., Beneito-Montagut, R. and García-Santesmases, A. 2020. No future for care without new digital media? Making time(s) for mediated informal care practices in later life. International Journal of Cultural Studies (10.1177/1367877920951818)

Beneito-Montagut, R., Cassián, N. and Begueria, A. 2018. What do we know about the relationship between Internet mediated interaction and social isolation and loneliness in later life?. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults 19(1), pp. 14-30. (10.1108/QAOA-03-2017-0008)

Beneito-Montagut, R., Begueria, A. and Cassian, N. 2017. Doing digital team ethnography: being there together and digital social data. Qualitative Research 17(6), pp. 664-682. (10.1177/1468794117724500)


Clara Berridge, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor, University of Washington, School of Social Work

Clara’s research focuses on the ethical and policy implications of digital technologies used in elder care. She’s interested in value tensions in the use of monitoring technologies and predictive analytics and asks questions about how to promote sociotechnical practices in ways that do not marginalize, isolate, or diminish their participants, including care workers. Clara is Core Faculty of the University of Washington’s Disability Studies Program. Currently, she’s developing a free online tool to help families engage people with mild dementia in informed decisions about technologies used in their care (funded by the U.S. NIH) and examining the ethical aspects of using artificial companions to address loneliness. Her training includes an MSW, PhD in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley, and postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research at Brown University. Her first research job involved standing at intersections in Philadelphia counting drivers on their cell phones back when we weren’t sure if it was a problem.

Recent publications

Berridge, C., Wetle, T.F. (2019). Why older adults and their children disagree about in-home surveillance technology, sensors, and tracking. The Gerontologist, doi:10.1093/geront/gnz068

Berridge, C., Halpern, J., Levy, K. (2019). Cameras on beds: the ethics of surveillance in nursing home rooms. AJOB Empirical Bioethics

Berridge, C. (2018). Medicaid becomes the first third-party payer to cover passive remote monitoring for home care: policy analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(2) e66. doi: 10.2196/jmir.9650


Andreas Bischof, PhD

Chemnitz University of Technology

With a background in media communication, sociology and cultural anthropology, Andreas Bischof engages in interdisciplinary collaborations researching society and technology. Currently, he is head of a research group at Chemnitz University of Technology and principal investigator in three research projects, one of which is focusing on alternative applications for healthcare robotics. In 2019, he co-founded the „Network for Integrated Research“, which is part of the German Federal High Tech Strategy. As an advocate for transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research, he aims to sensitize research policy and public funders for the chances and challenges of integrating people in technology development.

Recent publications

Hornecker, E., Bischof, A., Graf, P., Franzkowiak, L., & Krüger, N. (2020). The Interactive Enactment of Care Technologies and its Implications for Human-Robot-Interaction in Care. In Proceedings of the 11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society (pp. 1-11).

Kurze, A.; Bischof, A.; Totzauer, S.; Storz, M.; Eibl, M.; Brereton, M.; Berger, A. (2020). Guess the Data: Data Work to Understand How People Make Sense of and Use Simple Sensor Data from Homes. In: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’20). doi: 10.1145/3313831.3376273

Pentzold, C., Bischof, A. (2019). Making Affordances Real: Socio-Material Prefiguration, Performed Agency, and Coordinated Activities in Human–Robot Communication. Social Media+ Society 5.3. doi:10.1177/2056305119865472


Alexander Castleton, PhD

Assistant Professor of Sociology, MacEwan University

Alexander is an Uruguayan-Canadian sociologist of technology who is currently researching the intersection between digital technology and older people in Uruguay and the use of digital technology by Inuit in Northern Canada. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada.

Recent publications

Castleton, A., Cid, A. & Silva, D. (2020). ‘For older folks like me, these things are over us…’: The challenge of embedding tablet computers in everyday life within a geriatric hospital in Uruguay. Educational Gerontology, 46(4), 167-181.

Castleton, A. (in press). Más allá de la apropiación humanista: agencia y co-construcción de los adultos mayores frente a las tecnologías digitales. PAAKAT: Revista de Tecnología y Sociedad. (Beyond humanist appropriation: agency and co-construction of older people and digital technology.)


Ella Cohn-Schwartz, PhD

Ben Gurion University in the Negev, Israel

Dr. Ella Cohn-Schwartz is a lecturer (parallel to assistant professor) at the Gerontology program in the Department of Public Health, Ben Gurion University in the Negev, Israel. She completed her M.A. degree in neuro-clinical psychology at Ben-Gurion University and received her PhD in Social Work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her doctoral research elucidated the changes in social networks in old age and their implications for mental health. Dr. Cohn-Schwartz extended her interests to the exploration the social contexts of self-perceptions of aging during her postdoctoral studies at Bar-Ilan University. Her current research interests concern the social environment in old age and its effects on well-being, mental health, physical health, cognitive function and aging perceptions. She delves into longitudinal processes and gender differences in the social lives of older adults. Her research is supported by the Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research (co-PI).

Recent publications

Mannheim, I., Schwartz, E., Xi, W., Buttigieg, S. C., McDonnell-Naughton, M., Wouters, E. J., & Van Zaalen, Y. (2019). Inclusion of older adults in the research and design of digital technology. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(19), 3718.

Cohn-Schwartz, E. (2020). Pathways from social activities to cognitive functioning: The role of physical activity and mental health. Innovation in Aging, 4(3), igaa015.

Schwartz, E., Ayalon, L., & Huxhold, O. (2020). Exploring the reciprocal associations of perceptions of aging and social involvement. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Psychological and Social Sciences. 1-11.


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Michela Cozza, PhD

Institutional affiliation

Michela Cozza is a sociologist and STS scholar interested in analyzing the implications of digitalization on care practices and health infrastructures. She holds a doctoral degree in Information Systems and Organization. She is trained in practice-based approach and qualitative methodology to study processes of organizing that develop within an ecology of social, economic and sociomaterial relationships. Michela Cozza has experience of interdisciplinary research specifically focusing on feminist technoscience, inclusive design, art-based learning and knowing. She is a certified Lego Serious Play facilitator and is also trained to apply the Open Space Technology method. Michela Cozza’s research is also characterized by collaborations with territorial stakeholders working on welfare technology, and sustainable and responsible innovation.

Recent publications

Cozza, M., Cusinato, A., Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, A. (2019). Atmosphere in Participatory Design’, Science as Culture. doi:10.1080/09505431.2019.1681952

Cozza M., Crevani, L., Hallin, A., Schaeffer, J. (2018). Future ageing: welfare technology practices for our future older selves. Futures. The journal of policy, planning and futures studies, 109, 117-129. doi:10.1016/j.futures.2018.03.011

Cozza M. (2018). Interoperability and Convergence for Welfare Technology. In J. Zhou & G. Salvendy (Eds.), Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Applications in Health, Assistance, and Entertainment. ITAP 2018. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (pp. 13-24). Springer, Cham. doi:


Marjolein E.M. den Ouden, PhD

Institutional affiliation

Marjolein den Ouden is a professor Technology, Health & Care at Saxion University of Applied Sciences and at ROC van Twente (vocational education). She has a background in Human Movement Sciences (University of Groningen, MSc) and epidemiology (University of Utrecht, MSc). In 2013 she defended her PhD thesis on ‘disability in activities of daily living: a multifactorial approach’. In de past two years her research interest focusses on making the optimal match between humans and technology in the field of health and well-being. In interdisciplinary teams of professionals, researchers and technology developers we work on complex societal challenges, focusing on user-centered technology development and the adoption, acceptance and implementation of technology in health and well-being.

Recent publications

van Het Bolscher-Niehuis, M. J., den Ouden, M. E., de Vocht, H. M., & Francke, A. L. (2016). Effects of self-management support programmes on activities of daily living of older adults: A systematic review. International journal of nursing studies61, 230–247.

de Vocht, H. M., Hoogeboom, A. M., van Niekerk, B., & den Ouden, M. E. (2015). The impact of individualized interaction on the quality of life of elderly dependent on care as a result of dementia: a study with a pre-post design. Dementia and geriatric cognitive disorders39(5-6), 272–280.


Annette Franke, PhD

Protestant University of Applied Sciences Ludwigsburg

Prof. Dr. Annette Franke is Professor of Public Health, Social Gerontology and Methods and Concepts of Social Work at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences Ludwigsburg. Her research focuses on social construction and heterogeneity of old age, social cohesion, old age wellbeing, transitions in the life course and senior entrepreneurship. She is also interested in long-distance caregiving and how family carers can be supported by different technologies and social networks.

Recent publications

Stypińska, J.; Franke, A. & Myrczik, J. (2019): Senior Entrepreneurship – The Unrevealed Driver for Social Innovation. Frontiers in Sociology, 4 (2019), DOI=10.3389/fsoc.2019.00030

Franke, A. (2020): Pflege aus der Distanz: Emotionale Herausforderungen und psychosoziale Bedarfe bei „Distance Caregivers“, Psychotherapie im Alter, 17 (2), 177-196. DOI: 10.30820/1613-2637-2020-2-177

Franke, A.; Kramer, B.; Jann, P. M.; van Holten, K.; Zentgraf, A.; Otto, U. & Bischofberger, I. (2019): Aktuelle Befunde zu „distance caregiving“. Was wissen wir und was (noch) nicht? Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 52 (6), 521-528.


Simone Anna Felding, PhD candidate

German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE-Witten) and Witten/Herdecke University

Simone Anna Felding is a PhD candidate at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE-Witten) and Witten/Herdecke University specializing in health, technology and dementia. She is a social anthropologist carrying out research into the implementation of social robots for people with dementia in nursing homes as part of the Marie-Curie ITN programme DISTINCT. Besides working at DZNE Witten, she is also collaborating with the Karolinska Institute, Alzheimer Europe and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen in her PhD

Recent publications

Koh, W.Q., Felding, S.A., Budak, K.B. et al. (2021). Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of social robots for older adults and people with dementia: a scoping review. BMC Geriatr 21, 351.

Felding, S. A. & N. Schwennesen (2021). Bag skærmen på en digital platform: Kunstfærdigt Integrationsarbejde og nye samarbejdskonstellationer. Tidsskriftet Antropologi 82:19-36.

Felding, S. A. & N. Schwennesen (2019). Når omsorgen udliciteres: En analyse af den konfliktfyldte omsorgstrojka mellem mennesker med demens, pårørende og plejepersonale på et plejehjem i Danmark. Tidsskrift for Forskning i Sygdom og Samfund 16(30):123-149.



Susanne Frennert, PhD

Malmö University, Sweden

Susanne Frennert is Senior Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology at Malmö University, Sweden. Frennert holds a BSc in Cognitive Science from Skövde University, Sweden, MSc in Human Factors & Ergonomics from University College London (UCL) and a Ph.D in Rehabilitation Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering in Lund, Sweden.
She conducts research and teach within the fields of Human Computer Interaction, Human Robot Interaction, Cognitive Ergonomics, Human Factors and Interaction Design. Her research interests include analysing the ontologies and epistemologies of smart living environments, welfare technology, gerontechnologies and social robots. She is involved in research activities such as co-design, applied ethics, user evaluations and end-user testing in national and EU-funded projects.

Recent publications

Frennert, S. (2020). Approaches to Welfare Technology in Municipal Eldercare. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 1-21.

Baudin, K., Gustafsson, C., & Frennert, S. (2020). Views of Swedish Eldercare Personnel on Ongoing Digital Transformation: Cross-Sectional Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(6), e15450.

Frennert, S., Aminoff, H., & Östlund, B. (2020). Technological Frames and Care Robots in Eldercare. International Journal of Social Robotics, 1-15.


Vera Gallistl, MA

University of Vienna

Vera Gallistl is a sociologist who works in the field of critical and cultural gerontology. In her work, she focuses on the theoretical and empirical exploration of ageing with digital technologies. She is an affiliated student in the ACT (Ageing+Communication+Technologies) project, where she is involved in the cross-national longitudinal study “Older Audiences in the Digital Media Environment” and a member of the DFG-funded early-career researcher network “Material Gerontology”. Theoretically, Vera Gallistl is concerned with introducing practice and cultural theories in ageing research. She currently works on her PhD project in which she explores the cultural field as a topic for (critical) gerontology (Working title: “Orchestrating Ageing – Doing Age in the Field of Cultural Production”) as well as several national and international research projects at the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna.

Recent publications

Gallistl, V. & Wanka, A. (2019): Representing the “older end user”? Challenging the role of social scientists in the field of “active and assisted living.” International Journal of Care and Caring, 3 (1): 123 – 128.

Gallistl, V., Rohner, R., Seifert, A. & Wanka, A. (2020): Configuring the Older Non-User: Between Research, Policy and Practice of Digital Exclusion. Social Inclusion, 8, 2. doi: 10.17645/si.v8i2.2607.

Wanka, A. & Gallistl, V. (2018):  Doing Age in a Digitized World—A Material Praxeology of Aging with Technology. Frontiers in Sociology 3: 6. Link:


Miguel Gómez-Hernández, PhD Candidate

Technical University of Madrid (Spain)

I am a PhD candidate working at the Ageing Lab of Technical University of Madrid (Spain). I am interested in the intersection of ageing and the role of technology in older adults’ lives. My methods are often ethnographic including digital ethnography, participatory observation, gaming, co-creation, etc. My interests also lie in Russia, political systems and history.

I tend to apply my studies in real life’s scenarios and bridge my work with engineers, that’s why I studied the MSc Techno-Anthropology at AAU, after finishing the dual BA in sociology and political science at UC3M (doing 9-months exchange at JYU). When travel is possible again, I will continue my PhD at the Emerging Technologies Research Lab at Monash University (Australia).

Recent publications

Gomez-Hernandez, M., Villalba-Mora, E. and Ferre, X. (2020) Use of Mobile Phones and Tablets amongst Spanish Seniors: Barriers and Motivations. In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and E-Health, 50–58. Prague: SCITEPRESS.

Gómez Hernández, M. (2020). Redes sociales en el país de origen y el trayecto migratorio. Gestión y formación audiovisual para crear contenidos en las redes sociales (pp. 701-718). McGraw-Hill Education.


Carla Greubel, MA

Utrecht University

Carla Greubel is a PhD student at the intersection of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Age Studies, working at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University. Her dissertation is embedded in a EU Large Scale Implementation Pilot on digital innovations for ageing-in-place and questions: What comes to matter when we think of and act towards (a future of) ‘good ageing’? And how do some ‘goods’ come to (temporarily) matter more than others in and across multiple contexts and over time? Her methods include ethnographic research, policy discourse analysis, qualitative interviews and interactive (online) co-creation workshops. Bevor joining Utrecht University, Carla worked as a research assistant at Maastricht University with additional projects for the Global Young Academy. In Maastricht she also received her MA degree in Science and Technology Studies with a thesis investigating technology and the sounds of everyday life in three eldercare homes in Germany. This thesis was awarded the Maastricht University Student Prize 2018.

Recent publications

Greubel, C. (2020). Caring through Sound and Silence: Technology and the Sound of Everyday Life in Homes for the Elderly. Anthropology & Aging 41:1. Link:


Alisa Grigorovich, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow


Alisa Grigorovich is a health services and policy researcher and a critical gerontologist. She has a PhD in Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies from York University and training in social theory, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, policy analysis, and arts-based methods for health promotion and knowledge translation. Her research program is broadly focused on health equity and stigma in home care and long-term care, with particular attention to the experiences of marginalized older adults (e.g. LGBTQ adults, persons living with dementia) and their care providers. A key focus of her work centers on the ethical, social and policy implications of the use of artificial intelligence and other types of technologies in home care and long-term care settings. Currently, she is a Postdoctoral fellow at Kite – Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network and an Academic Fellow at the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research at the University of Toronto.

Recent publications

Grigorovich, A., & Kontos, P.  (2020). Towards responsible implementation of monitoring technologies in institutional care. The Gerontologist.

Wada, M., Grigorovich, A., Fang, M. L., Sixsmith, J., & Kontos, P. (2020). An exploration of experiences of transdisciplinary research in aging and technology. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 21(1), 1-27.

Grigorovich, A., Fang, M. L., Sixsmith, J., & Kontos, P. (2019). Defining and evaluating transdisciplinary research: Implications for in aging and technology. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 14(6), 533-542.


Mikaela Hellstrand, PhD Candidate

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

I am a PhD student at the division of Health Informatics and Logistics, KTH Royal Institute of Technology. My research interest lies in the intersection of anthropology and STS, specifically focused on how multisensory ethnographic investigations of the implementation of socially assistive robots within home-care environments can inform a more context- and experience-sensitive robotic development.
I did my BA+MA at the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University, including an exchange semester at the Freie Universitäten Berlin specialized in medical anthropology. In 2019, I conducted fieldwork together with ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy) in New Zealand, investigating into the emotional and embodied aspects of Forest Therapy. In 2019, I also worked as a research assistant in the project Living with Nordic Light, Roskilde University


Lillian Hung, PhD

School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Lillian Hung is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her research examines how technology and the environment impact older people’s care experiences, especially those living with dementia. She engages her work in issues of social justice, diversity, and inclusion. She brings connectivity between academia and practice, working collaboratively with older people, decision-makers, and interprofessional practitioners to find technological solutions to pressing problems in care practice. Her recent project includes social robotics, iPad on Wheels, Silent Disco Headphones, and a Mobile App for Dementia Education. By researching with people with lived experiences together, she explores the science of coproduction for change.

Recent publications

Hung L & Mann J. (2020). Virtual special issue – Using touchscreen tablets for virtual connection. Dementia.

Hung L, Chow B, O’Neill R, Wallsworth C, Horne N, Berndt A, Gregorio B, Mann J. Chaudhury H. (2020) The use of touchscreen tablets to support social connections and reduce responsive behaviors among people with dementia. Dementia.

Hung L, Leitch S, Hung R, Phinney A. (2020) Creating dementia-friendly community for social inclusion: a scoping review protocol. BMJ.


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Juliane Jarke, PhD

Institute for Information Management Bremen (ifib) & Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI), University of Bremen

Juliane is a senior researcher at the Institute for Information Management Bremen (ifib) and Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) at the University of Bremen. Prior to Bremen, she worked as a research associate at the Centre for the Study of Technology and Organisation (CSTO) at Lancaster University. Juliane works at the intersection of Science & Technology Studies (STS), Information Systems Research (IS) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Her research focuses on public sector innovation, digital (in)equalities, user-centric design and civic engagement. Amongst others, she is a member of the DFG-funded early-career researcher network “Material Gerontology”. Juliane was Co-PI of the H2020-funded project MobileAge (2016-2019) in which digital public services were co-created with older citizens.

Recent publications

Jarke, J. (2020). Co-creating Digital Public Services for an Ageing Society. Evidence for User-centric Design. Series: Information Technology and Public Administration. Springer.

Jarke, J. (2019): Open government for all? Co-creating digital public services for older adults through data walks. In: Online Information Review . 43(6), 1003-1020.

Jarke, J. & Gerhard, U. (2018). Using Probes for Sharing (Tacit) Knowing in Participatory Design: Facilitating Perspective Making and Perspective Taking. In: i-com Journal of Interactive Media, 17(2), 137-152.


Matthew Lariviere, PhD MPH

Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Bristol

Dr Matthew Lariviere is Lecturer in Social Policy in the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol. Matthew is a social anthropologist whose teaching, research and scholarship examines the sociomateriality of digital technology and AI within futures of care and ageing. From 2018 – 2021, he held an ESRC Innovation Fellowship in the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities at the University of Sheffield. In 2020, Matthew received a New Research Pioneers Award in recognition for this research on emergent technologies to support ageing in place awarded by the N8 Research Partnership, a consortium of the eight most research-active universities in the North of England.

Deeply committed to interdisciplinary and non-academic engagement, Matthew has presented his work to academics, policy and practice partners, and the public across the UK, Europe, Australia, and North America. He is the Chair and EU representative for IDIH Global’s Inclusive Living Expert Group, an international consortium and fora for digital technology and healthy ageing, and a Co-Convenor of the European Association of Social Anthropologists’ Age and Generations Network.

Matthew is an elected Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Association.

Recent publications

Lariviere M, Poland F, Woolham J, Newman S & Fox C. (2021). Placing assistive technology and telecare in everyday practices of people with dementia and their caregivers: findings from an embedded ethnography of a national dementia trial. BMC Geriatrics 21, 121.

Nicholas, L., Donnellan, W., Lariviere, M., and Lewis, M. (2021) Lessons from lockdown: What next for online carer support? Mobilise Care Ltd: London.

Gathercole R, Bradley R, Harper E, Davies L, Pank L, Lam N, Davies A, Talbot E, Hooper E, Winson R, Scutt B, Montano VOrdonez, Nunn S, Lavelle G, Lariviere M, Hirani S, Brini S, Bateman A, Bentham P, Burns A, Dunk B, Forsyth K, Fox C, Henderson C, Knapp M, Leroi I, Newman S, O’Brien J, Poland F, Woolham J, Gray R & Howard R. (2021). Assistive technology and telecare to maintain independent living at home for people with dementia: the ATTILA RCT. Health Technology Assessment 25(19):1-156.


Annette Leibing, PhD MPH

University of Montreal

Annette Leibing is a medical anthropologist (PhD U Hamburg, Germany), who had her first academic position at the Institute of psychiatry at the Federal U Rio de Janeiro. There she founded and directed, during five years, the CDA – a multidisciplinary centre for mental health and aging, with a special focus on dementia.

After a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University (Dept. Social Studies of Medicine), she is now full professor at the Nursing faculty at Université de Montréal. Her research focuses on issues related to aging, by studying – as an anthropologist – Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, aging and psychiatry, pharmaceuticals, elder care and, stem cells for the body in decline, among others.

At the moment, her research focuses mainly on the prevention of dementia in different national and social contexts – undertaken in Canada, Germany, and Switzerland (and, part of a different project, also in Brazil). One focus of this project are digital biomarkers and preventive technologies.

Recent publications

Leibing, A. and Virginie Tournay (eds.)Les technologies de l’espoir: La fabrique d’une histoire à accomplir. Québec: PUL, 2010.

Leibing, A. and Silke Schicktanz (eds.). Preventing Dementia? Critical perspectives on a new paradigm of preparing for old age. New York/Oxford, UK: Berghahn, 2021

Leibing, A., Tournay V, Aisengart Menezes R et RF Zorzanelli – How to fix a broken heart: Cardiac disease and the ‘multiverse’ of stem cell research in Canada. BioSocieties 11(4): 435–457, 2016.


Dr. Benjamin Lipp, Postdoc

Munich Center for Technology in Society, Technical University of Munich

Benjamin is a sociologist by training and holds a doctorate in Science and Technology Studies from the Technical University of Munich. His research focuses on the manifold interconnections between information and communication technology (ICT) and healthcare. He is motivated by a conceptual interest in the techno-political condition of contemporary society, marked by attempts to ever more intimately interfacing technology and society, ICT and ageing. In his doctoral thesis, he has critically engaged with the European ageing-and-innovation discourse as well as with the techno-scientific practices of robotics innovation. From this, he has developed a conceptual framework of techno-politics that focuses on the relation between technology and contemporary political life. Many of today’s issues around ageing are thus configured by a new, overarching, decidedly techno-political rationality that views ICT, care, and older people as compatible. Enquiring into such claims is thus crucial in order to challenge and potentially re-wire the contemporary politics of ageing – and innovation. Motivated by this critical perspective, Benjamin engages the technical sciences on issues around responsibility, reflexivity, and co-creation. For example, he currently teaches within the MSc Programme on Neuro-Engineering and is part of the EU-funded research project SCALINGS, where he explores co-creative innovation processes in healthcare robotics.

Recent publications

Lipp, B. (2019). Interfacing RobotCare. On the Techno-Politics of Innovation. Doctoral thesis. Technical University of Munich.

Lipp, B., Maasen, S. (2019). Roboter in der Pflege als sozio-technisches Verschaltungs-problem. Theoretische Angebote der Technikforschung an die Pflege(wissenschaft). Pflege & Gesellschaft 24(3), 206–218.

Lipp, B. (2017). Analytik des Interfacing. Zur Materialität technologischer Verschaltung in prototypischen Milieus robotisierter Pflege. Behemoth 10(1). Freiburg, 107–129.


Magdalena Kania Lundholm, PhD

Dalarna University, Sweden

Magdalena Kania Lundholm is sociologist currently employed as Senior Lecturer at the School of Health and Social Studies, Dalarna University, Sweden. Her research combines sociology of communications and media, cultural sociology, critical internet studies, social theory and qualitative methods. Of particular interest are questions pertaining to digitalization as social change, digital inclusion and ICT (non)use among older people.

Recent publications

Kania-Lundholm, M. (2020, forthcoming). “The waves that sweep away: older ICT (non)-users’ experiences of digitalization”, in: Pentzold, C.Lohmeier, C., Kaun, A. (eds.), Beyond Chrono(dys)topias: Making Time for Digital Lives, Rowman & Littlefield.

Kania-Lundholm, M. (2019). “Slow side of the divide? Older non-users discussing social acceleration, social change and digital exclusion”, Special Issue on “Inequalities and Divides in Digital Cultures”, Digital Media & Society, 5(1):85-104.

Kania-Lundholm, M., Torres, S. (2018). “Ideology, power and inclusion: using the critical perspective to study how older ICT users make sense of digitization”, Media, Culture & Society, 40(8):1167-1185.


Doris Lydahl, PhD

University of Gothenburg, Sweden

I am a researcher at the University of Gothenburg, Department of Sociology and Work Science, with an interest in questions regarding care practices, technologies of care and medicine, and the home as a place of care. My research interest lies in the intersection of sociology and STS. Currently, I lead a 3-year research project about welfare technologies, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. Welfare technology is the latest buzzword in Nordic health and welfare policy. It is imbued with hope to solve what has been called a twofold crisis of a rapidly ageing population on the one hand, and a care deficit on the other. In my explorative and ethnographic project I aim to explore the introduction of welfare technologies in Swedish municipal elderly care, with the aim to discern how care personnel and elderly persons interact with welfare technology, and what values and expectations about welfare, care work and technology are articulated.

Recent publications

Lydahl, D., Holmberg, S., Günther, K., & Ranta, J. (2020). Doing data together–affective relations and mobile ethnography in home visits. Qualitative Research, 1468794120917913.

Lydahl, D., & Hansen Löfstrand, C. (2020). Doing good: autonomy in the margins of welfare. Sociology of Health & Illness, 42(4), 892-906.

Lydahl, D. (2019). ‘It is not a pill’. Nordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies, 7(2), 4-14.



Wendy Martin, PhD

Brunel University, UK

Dr Wendy Martin is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences, Brunel University London. Her research focuses on ageing, embodiment, the digital and everyday life. She is Co-Investigator for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) international partnership ‘Ageing, Communication, Technologies (ACT): experiencing a digital world in later life’ and Collaborator for the SSHRC Insight Grant ‘Digital Culture and Quantified Aging’. Wendy is Co-Convenor of the British Sociological Association Ageing, Body and Society study group, member of the Executive Committee of the British Society of Gerontology, Co-Editor of the Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology and a Founding Board member of the Socio-Gerontechnology Network (SGN).

Recent publications

Peine A, Marshall B, Martin W and Neven L. (2021) ‘Socio-gerontechnology – Key Themes, Future Agendas’ in Peine, Alexander, Marshall, Barbara, Martin, Wendy and Neven, Louis (editors) Socio-gerontechnology Interdisciplinary Critical Studies of Ageing and Technology. Abingdon. Routledge

Peine A, Marshall BL, Martin W, Neven L. editors (2021) Socio-gerontechnology Interdisciplinary Critical Studies of Ageing and Technology Abingdon. Routledge

Pilcher, K and Martin, W (2020) ‘Forever ‘Becoming’? Negotiating Gendered and Ageing Embodiment in Everyday Life’ Sociological Research Online. 25 (4) 698-717

Prof. Dr. Anne Meißner

University of Hildesheim

Experienced scientist and practician in nursing and care with a demonstrated history of clinicial experience, academic research, higher education, and in the health care industry. Skilled in geriatric care, palliative care, technologies in care, and healthcare research. Strong operations professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused in Nursing Research from University Witten/Herdecke, Germany.

Anne’s research focuses on the implications of technologies in nursing and care. She’s interested in how technology is supporting nursing and care and asks questions about what part of care is technology able to complement in a sensible and pioneering path and how. Currently, she’s developing a MOOC for nurses to ensure digital competencies and enable 1.2 MIO nurses in Germany integrating technology beneficially in the service mission – or reject technology in justified cases. The MOOC innovatively uses badges, micro-learning units and AI (funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, funding code 21INVI09).

She is interested in new ideas regarding research and teaching projects, creative collaboration, (to) discuss, find, create solutions for the challenges of today and of the future.

Recent publications

Meißner, A.; McNair, S. (2021): Ageing and technologies – Creating a vision of care in times of digitisation. Results of a fast-track process of the Joint Programming Initiative “More Years; Better Lives”. A paper for policy makers. (Open Access)

Meißner, A., & Kunze, C. (Ed.) (2021). Neue Technologien in der Pflege. Wissen, Verstehen, Handeln. Kohlhammer

Meißner, A. (Ed.) (2020): Ageing and technologies – Creating a vision of care in times of digitization. Results of a fast-track process of the Joint Programming Initiative “More Years, Better Lives”. (Open Access)


Naonori Kodate, PhD

University College Dublin, Ireland

Nao is not a robot ( but an Associate Professor in Social Policy at University College Dublin, Ireland (UCD) and founding Director of UCD Centre for Japanese Studies (UCD-JaSt)! He holds a BA (International Relations) and LL.M from the University of Tokyo, MSc in European Politics and Policy, and a Ph.D in Political Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research covers comparative public policy, and science, technology and society (STS), particularly in the use of eHealth (e.g. home care robots), patient safety, and gender equality in STEM.
He is currently the Principal Investigator of a two-year, Toyota Foundation-funded international research project “Harmonisation towards the establishment of Person-centred, Robotics-aided Care System (HARP: RoCS)”. The project compares policies and cultural aspects around the use of robotics-aided care for older people in Europe and East Asia. Nao is a founding member and on the Board of Councillors for the multidisciplinary group, Future Technologies for Integrated Care Research Network (FTIC), Japan. Nao is also affiliated to la Fondation France-Japon (FFJ), l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, UCD Centre for Interdisciplinary Research Education and Innovation in Health Systems (IRIS), and the Universal Accessibility & Ageing Research Centre in Japan.

Recent publications

Obayashi, K., Kodate, N., & Masuyama, S. (2020). Can connected technologies improve sleep quality and safety of older adults and caregivers? An evaluation study of sleep monitors and communicative robots at a residential care home in Japan. Technology in Society, online first,

Obayashi, K., Kodate, N., & Masuyama, S. (2020). Measuring the impact of age, gender and dementia on communication-robot interventions in residential care homes. Geriatrics and Gerontology International 20(4): 373-378. DOI: 10.1111/ggi.13890 PMID: 32077237

Suwa, S., Tsujimura, M., Ide, H., Kodate, N., Ishimaru, M., Shimamura, A., & Yu, W. (2020). Home-care Professionals’ Ethical Perceptions of the Development and Use of Home-care Robots for Older Adults in Japan. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. 36 (14): 1295-1303. doi:10.1080/10447318.2020.1736809.


Sanna Kuoppamäki, PhD

Technology in Health Care, Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Dr. Sanna Kuoppamäki is an Assistant professor in Technology in Health Care, Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, KTH Royal Institute of Technology. She has a PhD in sociology and experience in interdisciplinary research in medical engineering and Human-Computer Interaction in the design and development of user-centric digital technologies for health and wellbeing.

Her research interests include the adoption, use and implementation of digital technologies in the everyday life of older adults, with a focus on understanding user’s needs, skills and intentions and detecting the mechanisms of care provision to optimise care delivery in a patient-centric way. Recently, she has investigated Digital Home Care systems supporting the wellbeing and ageing-in-place for older adults, and the design on Digital Kitchen Technologies from the user-centric perspective as a part of Human-Robot manufacturing.

Recent publications

Kuoppamäki, S., Östlund, B. (2020). Digital mobile technology enhancing social connectedness among older adults in Sweden. In: Gao Q., Zhou J. (eds) Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Technologies, Design and User Experience. HCII 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 12207. Springer, Cham.

Kuoppamäki, S. (2018). Digital participation in service environments among senior electricity consumers in Finland. Technology in Society, 55 111-118.

Kuoppamäki, S., Taipale, S., Wilska, T-A. (2017). The use of mobile technology for online shopping and entertainment among older adults in Finland. Telematics and Informatics, 34(4), 110-117.


Gabrielle Lavenir, PhD candidate

Concordia University

Gabrielle Lavenir is a PhD candidate in Concordia’s Social and Cultural Analysis program. Her research focuses on older people who play videogames, with an interest for what happens at the intersection of ageing and play, particularly in terms of subjectification and normativity. Her research also looks at the strategies of older adults who, stuck in the middle of several normative enterprises, still manage to make room for games.

Recent publications

Perks, M. E., Parker, F., Whitson, J. R., Simon, B., Lavenir, G., Yolgörmez, C., Browne, P., & Schram, B. (2019). Autonomy, Integration, and the Work of Cultural Intermediation in Indie Games. Media Industries Journal, 6(2).

Lavenir, G., & Bourgeois, N. (2017). Older people, video games and the European French-language press : A topic model approach on a study about deviance, discipline and self-improvement. MedieKultur: Journal of Media & Communication Research, 33(63).


Paul Lewzey, PhD candidate

University of Southampton

I am a PhD student researching the use of digital devices by older people who have dementia. My focus is the use of devices for social contact and how this changes around the time of diagnosis. Impact on citizenship for older people who have dementia is a theoretical focus.
My professional background, prior to taking a pension, was in social work and management. In the final few years of employment, I worked on the development of IT systems for social workers and managers in my Local Authority. This included business process re-engineering, system configuration and change implementation. Currently, I am a member of the British Society of Gerontology and a retired member of the British Computer Society


Eugene Loos, Dr.

Utrecht University

Dr. Eugène Loos is an associate professor at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Research focus: Accessible digital (health) information: A generational approach
Main question: How can organisations use new media to enhance the social inclusion of younger and older adults?
Focus: Digital information search behaviour, the perception of the reliability of information, the identification with images in information sources, the impact of visual and textual signs in digital health information on their cognition and affection, the use of digital games for younger and older adults’ well-being.

Recent publications

Ivan, L., Loos, E., & Tudorie, G. (2020). Mitigating Visual Ageism in Digital Media: Designing for Dynamic Diversity to Enhance Communication Rights for Senior Citizens. Societies, 10(4), 76.
Ivan, L., Loos, E. F., & Bird, I. (2020). The impact of technology generations on older adults’ media use: Review of previous empirical research and a seven country comparison. Gerontechnology, 19(4)
Loos, E., & Nijenhuis, J. (2020). Consuming Fake News: A Matter of Age? The perception of political fake news stories in Facebook ads. In J. Zhou & Q. Gao (Eds.), Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, Technology and Society, 6th International Conference, ITAP 2020, Held as Part of the 22nd HCI International Conference, HCII 2020, Copenhagen, July, 19-24. Proceedings, Part III (pp. 69-88), Springer International Publishing


Daniel López, PhD

Open University of Catalonia

Daniel López is Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the Open University of Catalonia. His work is placed at the intersection of Science and Technology Studies, Age Studies and Care Studies. His work is mainly devoted to the study of infrastructures and practices of care in later life, ranging from ICT-based systems such as telecare to community-led infrastructures such as senior cohousing or mutual-care initiatives. Theoretically, his work explores the biopolitics of aging and draws on Actor-network theory, poststructuralism and feminist technoscience. More recently, he got interested in self-tracking technologies, participatory sensing projects as well as maintenance and repair practices as infrastructural care. He is currently a board member of the Catalan Society for Geriatrics and Gerontology and senior researcher of the group CareNet at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3/UOC).

Recent publications

López Gómez, D., Estrada Canal, M., & Farré Montalà, L. (2020). Havens and Heavens of Ageing-in-Community: Home, Care and Age in Senior Co-housing. In B. Pasveer, O. Synnes, & I. Moser (Eds.), Ways of Home Making in Care for Later Life (pp. 159-181). Singapore: Springer Singapore.

López Gómez, D. (2019). What if ANT wouldn’t pursue agnosticism but care? In A. Blok, I. Farías & C. Roberts (eds) The Routledge Companion to Actor-Network Theory, London; NY: Routledge.

López Gómez, D. (2015). Little arrangements that matter. Rethinking autonomy-enabling innovations for later lifeTechnological Forecasting and Social Change, 93, 91-101.


Helen Manchester, PhD

University of Bristol

Helen Manchester is a Reader in Digital Inequalities and Urban Futures at the University of Bristol, UK. Helen is interested in digital exclusion, material cultures and re-imagining ‘care’. She develops methodologically innovative approaches to research, including co-design and co-creation, often working in interdisciplinary teams with artists, technologists, civil society organisations and policy-makers. Helen has led a number of Research Council UK funded projects, working with older people, including Tangible Memories: Community in care and Tangible Memories: Parlours of Wonder.

Recent publications

Manchester, H. and Barke, J. (2020) Regulating for careful knowledge production: researching older people, isolation and loneliness. In Mcdermont, M., Cole, T., Newman, J., & Piccini, A. Imagining Regulation Differently: co-creating regulation for engagement. Bristol: Policy Press.

Bates, V. L., Hickman, C., Manchester, H., Prior, J. & Singer, S., (2019) Beyond Landscape’s Visible Realm: Recorded sound, nature and wellbeing. Health and Place. (Available online 27 December 2019,

Manchester, H. (2018) Objects of Loss: Resilience and Continuity in Material Culture Relationships in Newman, A., Davenport, B. & Goulding, A. (2018) Creative Practice in the Resilience of Older People. Connected Communities Series: Bristol: Policy Press.


Louis Neven, PhD

Avans University of Applied Sciences

I am an interdisciplinary social scientist whose main interest is studying the relation between ageing and technology. I currently lead the Active Ageing research group at Avans University of Applied Sciences. In the past I have worked on the relation between ageing and robotics, nanotechnology, telecare and sustainable heating technologies. Along with the researchers of the Active Ageing “kenniskring”, I am currently involved in several projects which are all related to (practical) issues around innovations for older people. As such the Active Ageing research group serves as a hub between research, teaching and organisations and companies involved in care and innovation for older people. Questions that interest me are for instance how the ageing process is constructed and mediated by technologies; How gerontechnologies are designed and which (implicit) ideas are written into these technologies in this process; How older people respond to these technologies; How they (creatively) use or do not use these technologies and what practices and identities result from such (non-)use; How the needs, wants, roles and identities of older people can be understood in relation to technological design; And how we can translate such knowledge into various formats which are both useful and attractive for a design audience and for audiences of (future) professional care givers.

Recent publications

Bergschöld, J.M., Neven, L. and Peine, A. (2020), DIY gerontechnology: circumventing mismatched technologies and bureaucratic procedure by creating care technologies of one’s own. Sociol Health Illn, 42: 232-246. doi:10.1111/1467-9566.13012

Peine, A., Neven, L. (2018) From Intervention to Co-constitution: New Directions in Theorizing about Aging and Technology. The Gerontologist. 2018-5. (online ahead of print).

Neven, L., Peine, A. (2017) From Triple Win to Triple Sin: How a Problematic Future Discourse is Shaping the Way People Age with Technology. Societies, 7-3, 26.


Britt Östlund, PhD,

Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Sweden

Starting up with a PhD in Technology and social change at Linköping University Sweden (1995) I am still dedicated to research and development in aging, technology and design, today focusing digitalization of home health care and services. I want to help contextualize technology and increase users’ influence over the organization and design of products and systems. Formerly responsible for the Ageing and design program at Lund University, currently Associate Director to build the Governmental task KTH Digital Futures. I have had the pleasure to supervise nine PhD students (four ongoing) and being part of a broad network such as the International Society for Gerontechnology and International Society for Digital Medicine. I have published six books, more than 80 publications, achieved 26 multi-annual grants and 27 faculty committee assignments and was in 2004 awarded the Lise Meitner Guest Professorship at Lund University. The priority now is leading a group of nine people at the Department for Biomedical engineering and health systems at KTH involved in a number of projects and international collaborations, for example INBOTS – Inclusive robotics for a better society; and BCONNECT@HOME – Ageing and place in a digitizing world.

Recent publications

Östlund, B & Holgersson, C. Under the radar – digitizing home care in times of gender inequality. In Keisu: Gendered norms at work: new perspectives on work environment and health. In print at Sage 2020.

Östlund, B., Fischer, B., Marshall, B., Dalmer, N., Fernandez-Ardévol, M., Garcia-Santesmases, A., Lopez, D., Loos, E., Chang, F., Chen, X., Neven, L., Peine, A., Rosales, A. & Kuoppamäki, S. Using Academic Work Places to Involve Older People in the Design of Digital Applications. Presentation of a Methodological Framework to Advance Co-design in Later Life. In Gao, Q. & Zhou, J. (eds.) HCI 6th International Conference 2020. Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Technologies, Design and User Experience, Copenhagen 2020, pp. 45-58.

Östlund, B. & Frennert, S. How have user representations been sustained and recreated in the design of technologies between 1960 and 2018? In Peine, A., Marshall, B., Martin, W. (eds) Socio-Gerontechnology – Interdisciplinary critical studies of age and technology. Accepted for publication at Routledge 2020.


Alfonso Otaegui Moulins, PhD,

Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department, Pontifical Catholic

I did long-term fieldwork among indigenous populations in South America and completed my Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at the EHESS (2014). I spent a year as a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley, and then two years at Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany).

In 2017 I joined the research team Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing (ASSA), coordinated by Daniel Miller at University College London. I conducted 16 months of fieldwork among late-middle-aged Peruvian migrants, focusing on communicative practices related to aging and healthcare in new digital environments.

I also conducted fieldwork among Chilean older adults adopting new technologies by teaching smartphone workshops in cultural centers. I am currently participating in digital alphabetization initiatives for older adults (designing step-by-step guides, Senior Hackaton challenges, etc.). Besides, I am also conducting UX research for a foundation dedicated to the digital inclusion of lower-income older adults.

Anthropology provides a vision of the whole rooted in everyday experience. I observe at all levels, from how older adults touch the device’s screen and how the UI responds, to their life story, ailments, frustrations, fears and accomplishments, struggles, and desires. I hope to contribute to socio-gerontechnology with an anthropological approach to tech adoption by older adults.

Recent publications

Miller, D., L. Abed Rabho, P. Awondo, M. de Vries, M. Duque, P. Garvey, L. Haapio-Kirk, Ch. Hawkins, A. Otaegui, S. Walton, X. Wang. (2021). The Global Smartphone. Beyond a youth technology. UCL Press. Free download at:

Otaegui, A. (in Press). Ageing with Smartphones in Urban Chile. The Experience of Peruvian Migrants. UCL Press.

Otaegui, A. (2021). ’In those times she was strong’. Singing the grief among the Ayoreo from the Paraguayan Chaco. Death Studies 45(1): 9-18.

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Juno Salazar Parreñas, PhD

Cornell University

Juno Salazar Parreñas is an Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Cornell University. She is currently developing a new research project, Short Stories of Long Lives: Human-Animal Biographies of Aging. This project aims to understand the emergence of animal retirement and nonhuman geriatric care in the context of growing global concern about human retirement and geriatric care. She is the author of Decolonizing Extinction: The Work of Care in Orangutan Rehabilitation (Duke UP, 2018), which received the 2019 Michelle Rosaldo Prize from the Association for Feminist Anthropology and honorable mentions for the 2019 New Millennium Book Award, 2019 Diana Forsythe Prize, and the 2020 Harry Benda Prize. Her articles appear in such journals as American Ethnologist, Anthropology and History, Cahiers d’Anthropologie Sociale, Catalyst: feminism, theory, technoscience, History and Theory, Indonesia, and positions: asia critique. She serves on the editorial board of Current Anthropology. She received her PhD in Anthropology at Harvard University and has held postdoctoral fellowships in Agrarian Studies at Yale University and at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis.

Recent publications

Parreñas, J. S. (2020). From Decolonial Indigenous Knowledges to Vernacular Ideas in Southeast Asia. History & Theory, 59(3), 413-420. doi:10.1111/hith.12169

Parreñas, J.S. (2020). Specificity. Indonesia (109), 65. doi: 10.5728/indonesia.109.0065

Parreñas, J. S. (2020). An Anthropology of Primatology Exceeds the Primate Order: a feminist and queer critique. Cahiers d’anthropologie sociale(18: Primates), 126-143.


Alexander Peine, PhD

Utrecht University

Alexander Peine is Associate Professor of Ageing and Technology at Utrecht University. His research takes place at the cross-section of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Age Studies. He is interested in exploring and theorizing the role of digital infrastructures – such as smartphones, tablets, PCs, apps, fitness trackers, pedometers, “brain games”, digital monitoring systems, digital health, and other devices – and their development in relation to ageing and later life. The main aim of his research agenda is to overcome the divide between social analyses of aging on the one hand, and engineering and design-based approaches on the other, and obtain an empirically grounded theoretical understanding of later life in digitizing societies. Before joining Utrecht University, Alexander was the laureate of a prestigious Max Weber post-doctoral fellowship at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, and a Principal Investigator at Berlin University of Technology.

Recent publications

Peine, A., & Neven, L. (2020). The Co-constitution of Ageing and Technology – A Model and Agenda. Ageing & Society, forthcoming

Peine, A., & Neven, L. (2019). From Intervention to Co-constitution: New Directions in Theorizing about Aging and Technology. The Gerontologist, 59(1), 15-21.

Peine, A., van Cooten, V., & Neven, L. (2017). Rejuvenating Design: Bikes, Batteries, and Older Adopters in the Diffusion of E-bikes. Science, Technology & Human Values, 42(3), 429-459.


Arianna Poli, MA

Ph.D. student in Ageing and Later Life at the Division Ageing and Social Change (ASC), Linköping University, Sweden

Her research lies in the field of social gerontology, particularly at the intersection of ageing, inequality, and new technologies. Arianna investigates digital technologies as possible contributing factors to increased risk of exclusion and social inequalities among older people. In her Ph.D. work, she aims at understanding the link between inclusive participation of older people in research on digital technologies and the inclusiveness of new digital-based services among older people. Before joining Linköping University and ASC, Arianna worked at the Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing (INRCA), at the Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing where she had worked in European research projects, like INNOVAGE (GA 306058). Arianna has been a member of the ROSEnet COST Action (CA 15122) Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion (2016-2020). She is currently affiliated to the Swedish National Graduate School on Ageing and Health (SWEAH) and involved in the Communication Committee of the Socio-Gerontechnology Network.

Recent publications

Poli, A., Kelfve, S., Klompstra, L., Strömberg, A., Jaarsma, T., Motel-Klingebiel, A. (2020). Older People in Digital Health Research: What Predicts (Non-)Participation in an Exergame Intervention Study. J Med Internet Res (forthcoming). doi:10.2196/17884.

Allemann, H. & Poli, A. (2020). Designing and evaluating information and communication technology-based interventions? Be aware of the needs of older people. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. doi:10.1177/1474515119897398.

Poli, A., Kelfve, S. & Motel-Klingebiel, A. (2019). A research tool for measuring non-participation of older people in research on digital health. BMC Public Health, 19(1), 1487.



Katja Antonia Rießenberger

Institute for Ageing Research, Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences in St. Gallen, Switzerland

Katja Antonia Rießenberger is a research associate at the Institute for Ageing Research, based at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences in St. Gallen, Switzerland. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Social Work, specializing in intergenerational Social Work, in Germany and Finland. She then proceeded as a Fulbright scholar with her M.Sc. in Social Work, specializing in Gerontology, at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, USA. Here she received inter alia the Profiles in Leadership Award 2019, the Dean’s Citation Award, as well as the Honor’s Graduate Award.

Her research interests lie in the fields of co-creating technologies with older adults while working in interdisciplinary and international teams, screening tools to facilitate detection of elder abuse, and other aging-related questions on social inequalities.


Tomás Sánchez Criado, PhD

Department of European Ethnology, Humboldt-University of Berlin

Senior Researcher at the Chair of Urban Anthropology and co-coordinator of the Stadtlabor of Multimodal Anthropology of the Department of European Ethnology, Humboldt-University of Berlin. Working at the crossroads of Anthropology and STS, he has developed a particular concern around how bodily diversity – paying special attention to disabled and older people – comes to matter in the knowledge, material and care politics of participatory city-making. He is currently working on a book project on these topics, drawing from ethnographic and archival materials from the city of Barcelona as well as his experiments in architectural design studio projects in Germany, tentatively titled An Uncommon City: Bodily Diversity and the Activation of Possible Urbanisms. In his work he has also been experimenting with different forms of public engagement, ethnography and pedagogy. He has recently co-edited Experimental Collaborations: Ethnography through Fieldwork Devices (Berghahn, 2018, with Adolfo Estalella) and Re-learning design. Pedagogic experiments with STS in design studio courses (DISEÑA, 2018, with Ignacio Farías).

Recent publications

López, D. & Criado, T.S. (2021, forthcoming). Civilising technologies for an ageing society? The performativity of participatory methods in Socio-gerontechnology. In A. Peine, W. Martin, B. Marshall & L. Neven (Eds.), Socio-gerontechnology – Interdisciplinary critical studies of ageing and technology. London: Routledge.

Duclos, V., & Criado, T.S. (2020). Care in Trouble: Ecologies of Support from Below and Beyond. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 34(2), 153–173.

Criado, T.S. (2019). Technologies of Friendship: Accessibility politics in the ‘how to’ mode. The Sociological Review, 67(2): 408–427


Nete Schwennesen, PhD

Department of Anthropology, Copenhagen University

Nete Schwennesen is an Associate Professor working at the Department of Anthropology, Copenhagen University, Denmark. She did her MA at Lancaster University, UK and her PhD at the Center for Medical Science and Technology Studies, at Copenhagen University. Her work is situated at the intersection between STS, care studies and medical anthropology and explores processes through which technologies reconfigure care arrangements, focusing particularly on the intersection between technological imaginations, epistemologies and practical care work. She is the PI of the research project StayConnected (2018-2021) which is an ethnographic exploration of the integration and use of a digital platform designed to connect persons with dementia in residential care, care workers and relatives. Her current theoretical interests centres on materiality, affect and ageing as an ongoing socio-material transition. She has done ethnographic fieldwork in empirical sites such as diabetes, physical rehabilitation and dementia.

Recent publications

Schwennesen, N. (2021, forthcoming) Between bricolage and repair: Digital entanglements and fragile connections in dementia care work in Denmark. In A. Peine, W. Martin, B. Marshall & L. Neven (Eds.), Socio-gerontechnology – Interdisciplinary critical studies of ageing and technology. London: Routledge.

Schwennesen, N. (2019). Algorithmic assemblages of care: Imaginaries, epistemologies and repair work. Sociology of health & illness, 41, 176-192.

Schwennesen, N. (2019). Surveillance Entanglements: Digital Data Flows and Ageing Bodies in Motion in the Danish Welfare State. Anthropology & Aging, 40(2), 10-22.


Alexander Seifert, PhD

University of Zurich and FHNW

Dr. Alexander Seifert is a sociologist and gerontologist interested in the contextual factors of aging. He is a division manager of the Research Department at the Centre of Competence for Gerontology at the University of Zurich. Furthermore, he works at the School of Social Work at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland in Olten. His research interests include social science approaches to the topics of age (aging), housing, technology/digitization, and lifestyles. For example, he conducted the Swiss national studies “Digital Seniors” (2010, 2015, 2020) in Switzerland and explored the subjective feelings of social exclusion regarding the non-use or less-use of modern technologies and the internet within a Swiss National Science Foundation-funded national study. He is competent in both qualitative and quantitative methods with a focus on mobile data collection with smartphones in recent years. Alexander Seifert is accustomed to working in interdisciplinary and international projects and has been involved in numerous successful project proposals. He has been a member of the Socio-Gerontechnology Network since 2018.

Recent publications

Schlomann, A., Seifert, A., Zank, S., Woopen, C., & Rietz, C. (2020). Use of information and communication technology (ICT) devices among the oldest-old: Loneliness, anomie, and autonomy. Innovation in Aging, 4(2), igz050.

Seifert, A., Hofer, M., & Rössel, J. (2018). Older adults’ perceived sense of social exclusion from the digital world. Educational Gerontology, 44(12), 775–785.

Seifert, A., & Schelling, H. R. (2018). Seniors online: Attitudes toward the internet and coping with everyday life. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 37(1), 99–109.


Jacob Sheahan, PhD Candidate

RMIT School of Design

Currently undertaking a PhD in Design at RMIT School of Design, Jacob is exploring socially engaging technology in later life and its shaping by designers. Approaching design research through investigating the materiality of artifacts, and our interactions with them, he seeks to uncover social-technical practices through descriptive and anthropological means. Alongside his doctorate research, Jacob is involved in collaborative projects ‘Co-designing Participatory Strategies with Older Adults’ (Shaping Connections & U3A) and ‘Enabling an Ageing Workforce’ (Safeness by Design & Worksafe). With a diverse background in the design industry, Jacob looks to locate design research practice in this wider interdisciplinary and critical discourse of ageing and technology, and interrogete its impact.

Recent publications

Figueiredo, B., Aleti, T., Reid, M., Martin, D. M., Hjorth, L., Buschgens, M., & Kutin, J., & Sheahan, J. (2021). Reducing Perceived Risk and Promoting Digital Inclusion for older Australians. Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, Sydney.

Sheahan, J., Davies, H., Hjorth, L. (2021). The Art of Tacit Learning in Serious Location-based Games. Frontiers in Education, Digital Learning Innovations, Serious Location-based Games.

Li, Z., Wang, Y., Sheahan, J., Jiang, B., Greuter, S., Mueller, F. (2020) InsideOut: Towards an Understanding of Designing Playful Experiences with Imaging Capsules. DIS 2020. ACM.


Randi Stokke, PhD

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

I am a registered nurse and pedagogue with a PhD in public service innovation. My main area of interest comprises ageing and technologies in municipality caring services. Other areas of interest are service research in caring services, welfare technology, telecare, public service innovation, healthcare, caring, and learning in higher education with a special focus on simulation in learning.
I am trained mainly in qualitative methodology and has experience of interdisciplinary research with an interest in the intersection of care research, service innovation research and Science and technology studies (STS).
I am the leader of the research group at NTNU in Gjøvik: Service research, innovation and technology in care.

Recent publications

Stokke, Randi. (2018) Older people negotiating independence and safety in everyday life using technology: Qualitative study. Journal of Medical Internet Research. vol. 20 (10).

Stokke, Randi. (2017) “Maybe we should talk about it anyway”: a qualitative study of understanding expectations and use of an established technology innovation in caring practices. BMC Health Services Research. vol. 17 (1).

Stokke, Randi. (2016) The personal emergency response system as a technology innovation in primary health care services: An integrative review. Journal of Medical Internet Research. vol. 18:e187 (7).


van Hees, Susan PhD

University of Utrecht

Dr Susan van Hees finished her PhD in 2017 at Maastricht University. In her dissertation she explored how an ageing-in-place policy in the Netherlands worked out in practice, focusing on the tensions between policy ideals, professional care and welfare practices, and experiences of older adults. As a postdoctoral researcher at Tilburg University, she investigated after her PhD study how older adults’ perspectives can be embedded structurally in a knowledge infrastructure, more specifically, i.e., how the co-construction of applied academic studies can be organized to mutually benefit older adults, care organisations and academia. Currently Susan works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University. She studies valuation practices, by unpacking how values are being co-constituted in health innovations, more specifically in innovations related to the development of smart(er) living homes environments for older people throughout Europe. By facilitating the organizing of co-creation sessions with stakeholders, meanings of values and valuation dynamism are being studied. Co-creation, public engagement, valuation practices and meaningful ageing and citizenship, are some core concepts in her work

Recent publications

van Hees, S., Horstman, K., Jansen, M., & Ruwaard, D. (2017). Photovoicing the neighbourhood: Understanding the situated meaning of intangible places for ageing-in-place. Health & place, 48, 11-19.

van Hees, S., Horstman, K., Jansen, M., & Ruwaard, D. (2018). Meanings of ‘lifecycle robust neighbourhoods’: constructing versus attaching to places. Ageing & Society, 38(6), 1148-1173.

van Hees, S., Horstman, K., Jansen, M., & Ruwaard, D. (2015). Conflicting notions of citizenship in old age: An analysis of an activation practice. Journal of aging studies, 35, 178-189.


John Vines, PhD

University of Edinburgh

I’m Professor of Design Informatics in the School of Informatics, at University of Edinburgh, and Co-Direct the Institute for Design Informatics. My research often takes a participatory and research through design approach, designing prototypes of new digital and data technologies with people, users and stakeholders and studying the use of new technologies in real world contexts. My research touches in a wide-range of subjects and application areas. I have conducted research related to technology design for ageing, later-life and the lifecourse since 2005, often with a critical sensitivity to how ‘older adults’ often get negatively represented in technology and computing research. Over the years, I have also worked on projects at the intersection of people, technology, data and design in relation to: personal, community and occupational health and wellbeing; personal finance and socially inclusive economies; and civic engagement and civil society. However, I am open to discussing any projects that may lead to positive social impacts, and may be considered as living under the umbrella term of “technologies for social good”.

Recent publications

Barros Pena, B., Clarke, R., Holmquist, L., and Vines, J. 2021. Circumspect Users: Older Adults’ as Critical Adopters and Resistors of Technology. In: Proceedings of the 2021 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’21), In Press.

Vines, J., Pritchard, G., Wright, P., Olivier, P., and Brittain, K. 2015. An Age Old Problem: Examining the Discourses of Ageing in HCI and Strategies for Future Research. ACM Transaction on Computer-Human Interaction, 22, 1, article 2.

Vines, J., Lindsay, S., Pritchard, G., Lie, M., Greathead, D., Olivier, P., and Brittain, K. 2013. Making Family Care Work: Dependency, Privacy and Remote Home Monitoring Technologies. In: Proceedings of the ACM Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp ’13), pp. 607-616.


Anna Wanka, PhD

University of Frankfurt Anna Wanka is a sociologist and critical gerontologist interested in the social construction of age. Her areas of expertise comprise the social practices of doing age, life course transitions / retirement and the re/production of social inequalities across the life course, ageing and technologies, age-friendly cities and communities, ageing migrants, and lifelong learning. Theoretically, Anna Wanka is specialized in practice theories, in which she was trained in the postgraduate programme “Sociology of Social Practices”, as well as through several international research fellowships. She is competent in both qualitative and quantitative methods and has high expertise in mixed-methods research. Anna Wanka is used to working in interdisciplinary and international projects and has been involved in numerous successful national and project proposals. Currently, she works on her habilitation (docent) in the DFG-funded interdisciplinary research training group “Doing Transitions”, exploring the multi-sited, multi-agential process of retiring as a constellation of social practices.

Recent publications

Wanka A. & Gallistl, V. (2018):  Doing Age in a Digitized World—A Material Praxeology of Aging with Technology. Frontiers in Sociology 3: 6. Link

Gallistl V. & Wanka, A. (2019): Representing the “older end user”? Challenging the role of social scientists in the field of “active and assisted living.” International Journal of Care and Caring, 3 (1): 123 – 128.

Wanka, A. (2019): Change Ahead—Emerging Life-Course Transitions as Practical Accomplishments of Growing Old(er). Frontiers in Sociology


Monika Urban, PhD

University of Bremen

Monika Urban is a social scientist and STS scholar and works in the field of sociology of health and illness, Science and Technology Studies and New Materialism. She holds a doctoral degree in social science and currently applies for a postdoctoral qualification in health science (docent). Monika is trained in qualitative methodology to study processes of digitization of the health care system, care practices and sociomaterial relationships. At present, she works on the DFG-funded study “Digital Ageing. Home-based health technologies for seniors”. She is also a member of the DFG-funded early-career researcher network “Material Gerontology”.

Recent publications

Urban, M. (2020). Geschlechtersensible Gestaltung der Digitalisierung im Gesundheitswesen, in Journal für Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung, Springer nature,

Urban, M. (2020): Book Review: “The Beautiful Warriors. Technofeminist Praxis in the 21.Century”, Sollfrank, C. (Hg.)(2020), in: Tecnoscienza. Italien Journal of Science and Technology Studies, 9(2), 197-212.

Urban, M. (2019): Visibilities and the Analysis of Interdiscourse: The Case of Digital Health Practices, in: Blanc, M., Cambre, M.-C. & Traue, B. (Hg.): Special Issue ‘Visibilities and visual discourses’, in: Qualitative Inquiry 4(25). Doi: 10.1177/1077800418821536.


Kevin Wiggers, PhD candidate

Technical University of Berlin, Germany

I am a doctoral researcher at the Department of Sociology of Technology and Innovation at the Technical University of Berlin. Before, I studied sociology at the Technical University of Berlin until Sept 2020. I am especially interested in the development and application processes of intelligent systems, within medical and health contexts and robotics. At present, my research focusses on the social construction of human-robot co-work by means of prototype work settings in the healthcare sector and the role of scenarios in scripting the use of AI- and data-driven medical technology. My doctor’s thesis is also based in this field of study. There I am ging to ask the question about the role that trust plays in settings of this kind.


Gemma Wilson, PhD

Northumbria University

Dr Gemma Wilson is a Senior Research Fellow in Applied Health at Northumbria University, Newcastle, and Chartered Psychologist/registered Health Psychologist. She has widely published on issues surrounding psychosocial well-being and ageing. Specifically, Dr Wilson’s research focuses on social isolation and loneliness, digital exclusion, and digital health.

Recent publications

Leslie, C., McGill, G., Kiernan, M.D., & Wilson, G. (2020). Social Isolation and Loneliness of UK Veterans: A Delphi Study. Occupational Medicine.

Bailey, C., Aitken, D., Wilson, G., Hodgson, P., Douglas, B., & Docking, R. (2019). “What? That’s for old people, that”. Home adaptations, ageing and stigmatisation: A qualitative inquiry. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16 (24), 4989. (IF 2.468; Q2).

Wilson, G., Hill, M., & Kiernan, M. (2018). Loneliness and social isolation of military veterans: A systematic narrative review. Occupational Medicine, 68 (9), 600-609. DOI: 10.1093/occmed/kqy160


Prof. dr. Eveline J.M. Wouters

Tilburg University

Eveline Wouters is professor at Fontys University of Applied Science, School of allied health professions and at Tilburg University, School of social and behavioral sciences, department of Tranzo. She holds a chair on technological and social innovations. Research focus is on acceptance, implementation of technology and the use of technology in chronic health care, especially in the context of ageing. Technological and social support of persons living with dementia has her specific interest. Apart from that, development of new technological applications for health care in co-creation with stakeholders and the accessibility of technology, are her research topics. Alongside her scientific work, Eveline currently is member of the supervisory boards of three home- and nursing home health care organizations in the Netherlands, is member of the board for Innovation of Psychogeriatric Care and is (co)author of several books on health care, technology and design.

Recent publications

Houben, M., Brankaert, R., Wouters, E. Stakeholders’ Perspectives on Design interventions in Dementia Care. DIS ’20 Companion, July 6–10, 2020, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Van Boekel, L.C., Wouters, E.J.M., Grimberg, B.M., van der Meer, N.J.M., Luijkx, K.G. (2019). Perspectives of stakeholders on technology use in the care for community-living older adults with dementia: a systematic literature review. Healthcare, 7(2).

Reiners, F., Sturm, J., Bouw, L.J.W., Wouters, E.J.M. (2019). Sociodemographic factors influencing eHealth use in people with chronic diseases. IJERPH, 16(4), 645


Jarmin Christine Yeh, PhD, MSSW, MPH

University of California, San Francisco

Jarmin Yeh is a sociologist whose interests lie at the intersections of aging studies, health and illness, social justice and social inequalities. Their current research examines the lived experiences and material realities of older adults residing in rapidly gentrifying urban environments, as well as community supports and services for caregivers and people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Jarmin is an assistant adjunct professor at the Institute for Health & Aging, in the School of Nursing, at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Recent publications

Greenfield, E., Black, K., Buffel, T., & Yeh, J. (2019). Community gerontology: A framework for research, policy, and practice on communities and aging. Gerontologist, 59(5):803-810. DOI: 10.1093/geront/gny089

Hollister, B., Yeh, J., Ross, L., Schlesinger, J., Cherry, D. (2019). The Dementia Cal MediConnect Project: Improving dementia care via the California duals demonstration. Generations, Spring(Supp 3):73-78.

Portacolone, E., Perissinotto, C., Yeh, J., Greysen, S.R. (2018). “I feel trapped”: The tension between personal and structural factors of social isolation and the desire for social integration among older residents of a high-crime neighborhood. Gerontologist, 58(1):79-88. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnw268


Li Zhang, PhD

University of California-Davis

Dr. Zhang’s research concerns the social, spatial, and psychological repercussions of market reforms in postsocialist China. Her recent book explores how an unfolding “inner revolution” reconfigures selfhood, family dynamics, and modes of governing in an anxious China. Her current project examines the ethical and technological challenges of massive aging and eldercare by focusing on the problem ofan age-based digital divide. The aim is to gain a deeper understanding of how senior citizens experience this digital divide and negotiate the increasing saturation of digital devices into their late-stage of life, as well as its social, cultural, and ethical ramifications.

Recent publications

Zhang, L. (2020) Anxious China: Inner Revolution and Politics of Psychotherapy. University of California Press (Honorable Mention, 2021 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing by the Society for Humanistic Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association).

Susan Greenhalgh and Zhang, L. (Eds) (2020) Can Science and Technology Save China? Cornell University Press.

Zhang, L. (2021) Of Visceral/Somatic Practices in Healing, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 57 (3): 251-256.