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CV> Ongoing Research

In my present role as professor emerita I am mainly serving in the following roles: Chair of one annual international conference; Member of scientific advisory boards of international conferences (IFIP, HCII, IADIS, CIRN, ODAM) and international journals; Reviewer/Referee for full professorships; Key note speaker; Mentor.

Below are the headlines and sub headlines and you can point at and open each headline to read. I list the latest tasks and commitments that I have been involved in and that are the basis for current invited talks, panel participation, books and book chapters.

  • Mentorship in Sweden and abroad
  • The Home of the Future - information and communication technology(ICT) - changes in society and human behaviour patterns in the Net Era
  • Quality of life in research at the School of ICT
  • Syntheses

Mentorship and "The third task of the Universities"

My present research encompasses to a large extent mentorship for junior and senior scientists and contributions to disseminate research information outside the university ("tredje uppgiften" of the Swedish universities). Examples are invitations to serve as key note speaker, presentations of my latest books for various audiences, contributions with chapters in other researcher books intended to be used as textbooks.

Advocating at School of ICT with the purpose to bring the behavioural and the social sciences closer to the technical IT related disciplines. In order to get a balance between R&D with a "technological push" and a "people push" and with the purpose to contribute to technology applications from a deeper understanding of the the work place, the home and the society. The vision is to move from technology for all to quality of life for all - towards a society where people´s basic needs for belonging, influence, meaningfulness are fulfilled.

The Home of the Future - information and communication technology(ICT) - changes in society and human behaviour patterns in the Net Era

The overall purpose of the research project concerns ICT and changes in society and human behaviour patterns in the Net Era. The objective is to describe and analyse the ongoing social changes with focus on 'working from home' and 'homing from work' - emphasized by the increased use of ICT-related services and products. The home is considered both as a physical and a virtual space. To obtain an in-depth understanding of the change of peoples' life roles in the Net Era, analyses of human and organizational behaviour related to the professional role, private role and citizen's role are performed.

A crossdisciplinary approach characterizes the research. International comparative analyses between environments in network organizations are used. Three types of field studies were included, covering strategic organizations (homes) - one urban, one suburban and one rural in Sweden. International comparative studies with a cross disciplinary approach were done in US West and East Coast, Singapore & Malaysia, and Japan.

The big challenge in the near future is "intelligent environments" and "intelligent living" in a broad sense. The process of change is both socially driven and technology driven. Driving technology forces are the converging and embedded technologies (ubiquitous and ambient technology).

The following trends are enforcing the home as a communication sphere and the basis for a lot of activities and experiences which are connected to human needs: The home as the extended family centre; The home as a care centre; The home as a multimedia centre; The home as a centre for democratic dialogue; The home as a market place; The home as a learning centre. These trends are crucial for both many industries in the future e g paper and electronic industries, construction, telecom industries and organisation and new "intermediaries". Analyses from this project are included in my current publications.

Quality of life in research at the School of ICT

The aim of the project is to understand how "quality of life and well-being for all" is involved in basic research as well as in the more applied sciences. Interviews are made with most research leaders and professor colleagues at the School of ICT, approaching how they perceive that their research, directly or indirectly, in short term or in long term perspective, will contribute to a larger societal context and to values on various levels of analysis: quality of life, well-being, integrity, security, trust, health, deepening of democracy, personal growth, sustainability and other ethical considerations. Discussions are held on how the chain of reasoning could be described with regard to these concerns, also identifying various actors (driving forces) contributing to the "Good ICT Society". Experiences from this project is valid for my mentoring and advisory role. The key words applied were: Quality of life, research policy, social construction, socioeconomic and environmental impact, technology innovation, sustainability.


A new period in the research process was composing a textbook for international use: Bradley (2006) ”Social and Community Informatics – Humans on the Net”, (Routledge). I am currently lecturing internationally and in Sweden, thereby contributing to “Social Informatics” and/or “Community Informatics” which are established as academic disciplines and/or cross disciplinary research centers/institutes at universities in several countries. World conferences in the field are held e g IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) - conference on”Social Informatics – An Information Society for All” HCC7 in 2006, Maribor (Slovenia) and annual conferences in ”Community Informatics” (CIRN) in Prato (Italy). The discipline Informatics has grown to focus the use of ICT in work life, private live and the role as citizen. This broad research field has also become a main concern in many other disciplines and centres.

In 2007 and 2008 I held doctoral courses in Social and Community Informatics, based on my latest book at Helsinki Technical University and Salzburg University, where I served as guest professor in 2008 at Paris Lodron University in Salzburg and the ICT & Society Center.

Since 2008 I am the Chair of the annual IADIS conference on “ICT, Society and Human Beings”. The first international conference was held in Amsterdam, and the second took place in Algarve in Portugal, in 2008. IADIS= International Association for Developing the Information Society. Next one will be held in Freiburg, Germany in 2010.

Sustainable Development and ICT is the content of a special issue of the International Journal of Information, Communication Society (iCS) in 2010, where I serve as co-editor.

Below is the theoretical model on the societal and social changes in the Network Society, further described in a chapter in this Festschrift on request from the Editors.

           Figure 2. The Convergence Theory on ICT, Society and Human Beings (Bradley 2006)