Newsletter from the Center for Digital Welfare - June 2023
Welcome to the June Newsletter...!
Summer is upon us and so are a bunch of great news at the Center for Digital Welfare!  
For instance, Irina Papazu and Jessamy Perriam have (along with colleagues from Aalborg University, Aarhus University and Warwick University) been granted money by the Independent Research Fund Denmark for their new project “Transnational Collaboration at the Digital Frontier: Knowledge travel across borders in public sector digitalisation”. The project is looking to hire a PhD, a research assistant, and a postdoc (based at Aalborg University), so if you are interested or in any way involved in the topic, please do not hesitate to reach out to Irina via 

Amongst other great things to share are also our two new center members, Ungdombureauet and Kritik Digital, who joined us on 1 May. We are already collaborating with both organisations on various topics, and both are represented at our Folkemødet'23-paneldialogue on digital exclusion/inclusion of young people (co-hosted with Krogerup Højskole). A very warm welcome to both! Also, on 1 June Line Johansen is taking up a position with the CDW, as the substitute for Kitt going on maternity leave. And so, if at any time during the next year you want to learn more about our activities and events, please reach out to Line via So great to have you with us, Line! 

What else might this newsletter bring? So, in this edition you can learn about Sanna Marttila’s research on designing for sustainable transitions, you can check out past and near-future events, and you can be updated on the most recent publications from the CDW-researchers.

We hope you will enjoy the read!  

Irina & Kitt

Short News
In April, Vasilis Galis' research project Critical Understanding of Predictive Policing held a workshop on data integration. | On 20 April, the CDW hosted a centerwide workshop on key concepts in digital welfare, where both researchers and member organizations analyzed and discussed the roles of concepts like “seamlessness”, “citizen-focused digitalization” and “wellbeing”. | On 21 April, Irina Papazu joined the newly founded research network Copenhagen Impact Lab which will engage with questions of democratic participation and partnership creation. | On 11 May, the Digital Citizenship working group sat out on an expedition to the National Association for Join-In Centers to learn about their work with socially marginalized citizens and the concept of citizen inclusion. | On 23 May, Barbara Carreras gave a talk at a workshop in Albertslund municipality on the digital futures for citizens with various disabilities. | On 25 May, professor Minna Ruckenstein joined the CDW Distinguished Speakers Series with a keynote based on her brandnew book The Feel of Algorithms. | Also on 25 May, Louise Harder Fischer gave a talk on municipal data sharing at the FLIS Data Day 2023. | On 26 May, the CDW together with the Technologies in Practice research group hosted a combined talk and workshop with Minna Ruckenstein exclusively for our researchers at the ITU. | On 31 May, Barbara Carreras took part in an event on using comics as research dissemination outside of academic contexts.  

Designing for Sustainable Transitions
“Transition Design (Irwin 2015) or design for sustainability transitions (DfST) is an evolving area of sustainable design research and practice. DfST combines theoretical frameworks, methods, and approaches from, for instance, transition management, anthropology, design research, and sustainability science with the aim of identifying, analyzing, and establishing processes and collaborations to contribute to long-term societal transitions towards more sustainable societies (Gaziulusoy & Öztekin, 2019). There is an increasing interest by governments and businesses in engaging with sustainability transitions, and as the climate and biodiversity crises have become topics requiring urgent action, demand and supply of sustainability-related consulting services have also increased.

However, currently most services in demand and supply mainly deal with addressing impact reduction in the short-term such as carbon accounting and foot printing in alignment with national targets of reduction. Although this work is crucial and fundamental, there is also an urgent need for transformative action that requires societal actors to collaborate and strategize for long-term and systemic structural change. This kind of change requires intervening in the deep leverage points that deal with intent and design of systems (Meadows, 1999; Abson et al., 2017) and call for measures beyond quantitative reduction targets.” 

In the paper "Sustainability Transitions: Reflection on Practice" scholars and practitioners present examples as case studies. These projects include helping the Prime Minister’s Office of Finland to consolidate a sustainability report with co-created input from all Finnish ministries, designing “Nordic Urban Mobility 2050 –Futures Game” –a 
gamified process for facilitating mobility transitions stakeholders to co-create mobility futures scenarios– and developing “Sustainable Futures Game” – a gamified process to assist companies to co-imagine desirable alternative near future scenarios in alignment with the intergovernmental ambition to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. 

The four authors of the paper, including the CDW researcher Sanna Marttila, share reflections and critical insights on enablers, challenges, and opportunities for implementing design for sustainability transitions in practice and provide suggestive evidence for the contributions of design-led approaches in transitions contexts. If you are curious to learn more about Sanna's work, you can reach out to her via 


Coming Up!
On 7 June, Sisse Finken is giving a presentation on digital citizenship at Linnaeus University, Sweden for partners in the STEFORA research project, a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. | On 13 June, Louise Harder Fischer is setting up a workshop at the Association for Information Systems' SIG CNoW 2023 conference. | On 15 June, the CDW is co-hosting a paneldialogue on digital exclusion/inclusion of young people at Folkemødet 2023. | Giacomo Poderi is launching a call for papers for a special co-edited issue for Tecnoscienza Italian Journal of Science and Technology


New Publications
Floros, K., & Bak Jørgensen, M. (2023). “Danish is never a requirement for these jobs”: Platform housecleaning in Denmark through a migration lens. Glocalism: Journal of Culture, Politics and Innovation, 2022(3), 1-28. 


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Irina Papazu | Kitt Plinia Nielsen | Sanna Marttila 


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