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Katherine Harrison


My research expertise lies within the field of feminist cultural studies of technoscience, with a particular interest in digital media and technologies. Within this, my focus is on the norms that constitute/limit/define gendered, sexualised bodies, and how these come-into-being in dialogue with various kinds of digital technologies. Both my doctoral dissertation and my postdoctoral research have examined concrete examples of this using a variety of analytical and methodological tools.

My previous research projects include a study of an accident database used by the Swedish rescue services (2010-2013) and an exploration of the ways in which websites of sperm banks and fertility clinics mediate changing ideas of kinship (2013-2014).

I have a PhD in Gender Studies (2010) from Linköping University, Sweden, and have also worked at the University of Southern Denmark.

I currently divide my time between the Department of Gender Studies, Lund University, and the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at Copenhagen University, Denmark.


Current research:

I am part of a project financed by the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation titled “The Rise of the New Big Science: Opportunities and challenges for nations, universities and science” (2015-2018) together with Thomas Kaiserfeld, Kerstin Sandell and Mats Benner. My part of this project focuses on big data and data management. Big science researchers are increasingly required to be not only specialists in their chosen field but also to have a high level of computing expertise in order to use the databases and programmes that handle the vast amounts of experimental data (Hine 2006, Murillo et al 2012). Access to data produces new working relationships as well as reinforcing existing bonds, creating networks of influence and dominant modes of knowledge production.  This project asks: How will the large amounts of data generated at the European Spallation Source be stored, made available, and analysed? How will design and use of data management software affect the creation of national and international collaborations between researchers, institutions and industry?


I am also a postdoc at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, Copenhagen University, where I am currently engaged in a project called '"Relive the passion – Find your affair”: infidelity and intimacy online'. This is part of the "New Media - New Intimacies" (NewMI) three-year collaboration project (2015-2018) between scholars at Roskilde University, University of Copenhagen and University of Southern Denmark, and in cooperation with the public service station DR. You can read more about NewMI here:


E-post: katherine.harrison [at]


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