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Techno-anthropology & Participation

TAPAR is an interdisciplinary research group dedicated to research of new and emergent technologies, where we focus on the relations between technology, humans and society.

Research group

Techno-anthropology & Participation

TAPAR is an interdisciplinary research group dedicated to research of new and emergent technologies, where we focus on the relations between technology, humans and society.

Research 

Key research areas 

Our key vision is democracy in tech innovation and our mission is to contribute to responsible technology innovation and use. We do this by researching complex problems related to emerging technologies and tech innovation processes. This includes research on ethical assessment of new and emerging technologies, human-centered and participatory technology innovation, engineering practice and transition processes.

Research focus 

We conduct empirical studies that contribute insights on the interplay between humans, technology and society within multiple areas with special attention to health/welfare technology and green/sustainable technology.

We research technology with ethnographic, action oriented and participatory design methods

Education 

Study related activities 

The research group has the main responsibility for the educational programme in techno-anthropology at the bachelor’s and master’s level and teaching in socio-technical theory at engineering educations

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Collaboration

Who benefits from the research 

The research is relevant to companies and public authorities that work with innovation, implementation and use of technology.

The research is highly interdisciplinary and we collaborate with researchers from other disciplines -our research especially contributes to extending existing technology innovations to provide quality to people, communities and society in general.

External partners  

The research group has a longlasting tradition of collaborating with industry partners, public sector authorities, international universities and other departments at the university

Current partners include  

National eHealth Authority, North Denmark Region, Forskningsenheden for Almen Praksis, MMMI: Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Instituttet etc.

Key projects 

EXOTIC

Exoskeleton technology is a promising emerging technology - a wearable robot designed to support functions of the human body. TAPAR researchers are oart of an interdisciplinary research project to bring people living with severe forms of paralysis and their requirements for assistive technology into the innovation of an exo arm.

DIGI

Digital social relations among youth living with cognitive disabilities. The DiGi project researches how an under-researched target group experience and can be supported in the use of digital technology to form and maintain social relations.

eHealth Observatory

Annually, the eHealth Observatory gathers 600+ stakeholders from the Danish eHealth community. Further, the Observatory supports Danish Centre for Health Informatics’ research on monitoring citizens’ use of eHealth in Denmark.

Contact

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Head of research group
Professor Anne Marie Kanstrup,
+45 9940 31709
kanstrup@plan.aau.dk
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