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Sara Marie Ertner

Sara Marie Ertner

Design and implementation of welfare technologies for elderly citizens

Marie is doing research at the intersection of Science and Technology Studies, design research, and aging studies. Her research focuses on the design and implementation of welfare technologies – also known as Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) -  for elderly people. Based on ethnographic and qualitative methods her research examines the intermingling of welfare technologies, elderly users, and everyday practices. More specifically it explores visions, expectations, and ideas for welfare technological innovations in healthcare, and the social and material effects of these techno-political initiatives as they unfold in practice. Fieldwork is being conducted in the Center for Healthy Aging’s affiliated municipalities.

Fields of interest

  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • Innovation Studies
  • Ageing Studies
  • Ethnographic methods

Current research

Implementation of care technologies for elderly citizens in Copenhagen, Ishøj, and Vordingborg municipality

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