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Smedberg, Alicia, DrORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-2137-061X
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Boztepe, S., Linde, P. & Smedberg, A. (2023). Design making its way to the city hall: Tensions in design capacity building in the public sector. In: De Sainz Molestina, D.; Galluzzo, L.; Rizzo, F.; Spallazzo, D. (Ed.), IASDR 2023: Life-Changing Design, 9-13 October, Milan, Italy: . Paper presented at IASDR 2023: Life-Changing Design, 9-13 October, Milan, Italy. Milan, Italy: Design Research Society
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Design making its way to the city hall: Tensions in design capacity building in the public sector
2023 (English)In: IASDR 2023: Life-Changing Design, 9-13 October, Milan, Italy / [ed] De Sainz Molestina, D.; Galluzzo, L.; Rizzo, F.; Spallazzo, D., Milan, Italy: Design Research Society, 2023Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Public sector organizations have been increasingly turning to design in their pursuit to innovate and address pressing challenges that seem intractable through their existing ways of working. Design’s presence in the public sector is still a relatively recent phenomenon ridden with many challenges. Through a study of three municipalities in Sweden, we present tensions designers face as they work their way to build design capacity. We argue that making a place for design in organizational systems and their ways of working requires skillfully navigating these tensions. We describe each tension in terms of their contradictions embedded in dualities and discuss designers’ ways of managing them. Practical applications for design and public administration are also discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Milan, Italy: Design Research Society, 2023
Keywords
design capacity, organizational change, public sector, service design
National Category
Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-63195 (URN)10.21606/iasdr.2023.458 (DOI)
Conference
IASDR 2023: Life-Changing Design, 9-13 October, Milan, Italy
Available from: 2023-10-19 Created: 2023-10-19 Last updated: 2023-12-15Bibliographically approved
Smedberg, A. (2022). The labour of infrastructuring: An inquiry into participatory design in the public sector. (Doctoral dissertation). Malmö: Malmö universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The labour of infrastructuring: An inquiry into participatory design in the public sector
2022 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Every organisation, cooperation, project or social movement is quintessentially a cluster of alignments between people, places and things. Through these alignments, networks are made, and through these networks action can be made possible or be constricted. These socio-material alignments, clusters and/or networks are understood within this thesis as infrastructures, and this thesis is an inquiry into how to mobilise infrastructures. Mobilising socio-material infrastructures over time is what I refer to as infrastructuring.

Situated within the discipline of participatory design and the theoretical traditions of science and technology studies and feminist technoscience, this thesis investigates the issue of agency within the infrastructuring processes. The thesis departs from the notion that all agency is relational and made through relations. These relations may be material, power or affective. This concept poses a political imperative to those infrastructuring practitioners—the individuals who labour to create new alignments and move the infrastructure forward—to consider the marginalised voices within the infrastructure. The labour performed to do this is not, the thesis argues, a prestigious, artisan work but rather a slow, caring and repetitive maintenance labour. Informed by the theories of Hannah Arendt, this thesis differentiates between this kind of labour and work. Arendt showed work, labour and action as three interictally intertwined yet distinct notions that define ways of being in the world—ways of acting politically. The th- ree notions reinforce and complement each other; however, this thesis places particular emphasis on labour. Labour is often made invisible, feminised and undervalued, and this thesis investigates labour within the infrastructuring processes and suggests methods to illuminate and support it.

The thesis draws upon three case studies located in Malmö and Lund, Sweden. All three projects were situated within public se- ctor work and within projects that emphasised citizen engagement and dialogue. The case studies have the commonality of infrastructuring: they are present both as a subject of study and as a method for both participants and researchers. Methodologically, the Ph.D. project has been conducted through practice-based, participatory, programmatic design research, which draws together the case studies into an enquiry. Finally, this thesis proposes three ‘programmatic answers’ that address the issue of agency within the infrastructuring processes.

The first programmatic answer, feral infrastructures, re-formulates the initial worldview of the programme and articulates infra- structures as messy and unyielding to the organisers’ attempts to cate- gorise them. The boundaries of the infrastructures stretch way beyond the socio-material borders of a defined project or organisation. The thesis argues that this poses an imperative to the infrastructuring prac- titioner to become sensitised to her terrain and to develop a reflexive praxis to interact with it.

The second programmatic answer, affective infrastructuring, recognises affect as a matter of concern within the infrastructuring labour. Emotional labour and affective economies are raised here as factors that can make or break collaborative doings. This is discussed in an argument for ethics-of-care.

The third and final programmatic answer, collaborative anecdotalization, is a proposed method for interacting with the messy, af- fective terrain of infrastructures. Anecdotalization is presented here as a reciprocal practice beyond mere descriptions: holding within it the ability of defining social realities, re-telling and challenging them and furthering and re-aligning them. The notion of collaborative anecdo- talization suggests that no one actor can hold a complete overview of an infrastructure, and without collaborative descriptions, it is impos- sible to identify, understand and create those alignments that infra- structuring practitioners seek. This thesis uses anecdotes as situated, embodied accounts of empirical data. The stories re-told in this book have been selected to invite the reader into the practical work, which underpins the concepts presented above, and, in congruence with the project’s methodology, calls into consideration that any event or interaction can be viewed from multiple perspectives and tell multiple tales.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Malmö universitet, 2022. p. 236
Series
Dissertation Series in New Media, Public Spheres, and Forms of Expression
Keywords
Participatory Design, Infrastructuring, Agency, Labour, Citizenship, Feminist Technoscience, City Planning, Public Sector, Deltagande design, Infrastrukturering, Medborgarskap, Feministisk Vetenskapsteori, Offentlig sektor
National Category
Design
Research subject
Interaktionsdesign
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-54600 (URN)10.24834/isbn.9789178773053 (DOI)978-91-7877-306-0 (ISBN)978-91-7877-305-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2022-12-16, Hörsal C (NI:C0E11), Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö, 13:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2022-11-01 Created: 2022-10-31 Last updated: 2024-02-26Bibliographically approved
Smedberg, A. (2021). Collaborative Anecdotalizations. In: Locating and Timing Matters: Significance and agency of STS in emerging worlds: . Paper presented at Easst + 4s, Prague, Czech Republic, August 18-21, 2020. Prague
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Collaborative Anecdotalizations
2021 (English)In: Locating and Timing Matters: Significance and agency of STS in emerging worlds, Prague, 2021Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The notion of anecdotalization (Michael, 2012) suggest that anecdotes can be performative. They are not merely curious vessels of information or observations, but through the act of telling of them they can also do. Using examples from a city planning project in Malmö, Sweden, where methods for citizen engagement have been developed and tested I will discuss how anecdotalization can be collaborative (and how this potentially can lead to multiple understandings/worlds).

The project saw a meeting between the participant’s practices, worldviews, and priorities - which did not always align. Finding ways of cultivating a mutual understanding between the various actors has been imperative, while at the same time disagreements and ruptures into the work were welcomed as a natural part of any democratic process. But welcoming agonism is not the same as being able to handle it, or knowing how to move forward. Anecdotalization, a chain of re-tellings of an anecdote, afforded the group to collaboratively build an understanding of a rupture that encapsulated more than one perspective. Collaborative anecdotalization is a shared, relational practice of performing many-world worlds (Law, 2015). 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Prague: , 2021
Keywords
Anecdotalization; Science and Technology Studies;
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-46168 (URN)
Conference
Easst + 4s, Prague, Czech Republic, August 18-21, 2020
Available from: 2021-10-02 Created: 2021-10-02 Last updated: 2023-10-20Bibliographically approved
Smedberg, A. (2021). Temporal Scales of Participation: a Rift Between Actors and Spectators. In: Brandt, E.; Markussen, T., Berglund, E.; Julier, G.; Linde, P. (Ed.), NORDES 2021: Matters of Scale. Paper presented at 9th Nordic Design Research Conference, Kolding, Denmark, 15-18 August 2021 (pp. 130-134).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Temporal Scales of Participation: a Rift Between Actors and Spectators
2021 (English)In: NORDES 2021: Matters of Scale / [ed] Brandt, E.; Markussen, T., Berglund, E.; Julier, G.; Linde, P., 2021, p. 130-134Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Participatory design is a future-oriented discipline, but there is an imbalance in agency between those who produce future imaginations, and those who consume them. This paper argues that we, as designers and producers of future-oriented design interventions, hold responsibilities towards third party “spectators”. The paper departs from an incident that took place two years after a Future Workshop had taken place between public sector workers and citizens in Malmö, Sweden, when a concerned third party mistook the workshop’s potential and preferred imaginations of the future for truths. In the light of Hannah Arendt’s writings on imagination the paper separates actors from spectators, marking a difference in agency but also a difference in temporality. For the actors’ imagination is directed towards the future, while it for the spectators is directed towards the past, or present at best.

Series
Nordic design research conference, ISSN 1604-9705 ; 9
Keywords
Participation; Agency;
National Category
Design
Research subject
Interaktionsdesign
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-46169 (URN)
Conference
9th Nordic Design Research Conference, Kolding, Denmark, 15-18 August 2021
Available from: 2021-10-02 Created: 2021-10-02 Last updated: 2023-10-20Bibliographically approved
Hillgren, P.-A., Lindström, K., Strange, M., Witmer, H., Chronaki, A., Ehn, P., . . . Westerlaken, M. (2020). Glossary: Collaborative Future-Making.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Glossary: Collaborative Future-Making
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2020 (English)Other (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Collaborative Future-Making is a research platform at the Faculty of Culture and Society at Malmö University that is concerned with how to envision, elaborate and prototype multiple, inclusive, and sustainable futures. The platform gathers around 20 researchers that share a methodological interest in how critical perspectives from the humanities and social sciences can be combined with the constructive and collaborative aspects of making and prototyping in design research.

The research centers around two major themes:

  • Critical imagination​, which focuses on how basic assumptions, norms and structures can be challenged to widen the perspectives on what can constitute socially, culturally, ecologically and economically sustainable and resilient futures.
  • Collaborative engagements​, which focuses on how we can set up more inclusive collaborations to prototype and discuss alternative futures, engaging not only professionals and policy makers but also citizens and civil society.

During 2019 the research group set out to make a shared glossary for collaborative future-making. The glossary is multiple in purpose and exists in several versions. Hopefully there will be more to come. At first, the making and articulation of the glossary was used within the research group as an exercise to share concepts that we found central to collaborative future-making, coming from different disciplines. This published version of the glossary was assembled to be used during a workshop called ​Imagining Collaborative Future-Making,​ which gathered a group of international researchers from different disciplines.

The collection of concepts reflects the heterogeneous and diverse character of the research group and a strong belief in that plurality regarding ontologies and epistemologies will be crucial to be able to handle the multiple uncertainties and complex challenges we have to face in the future. Some of the concepts are already well established within different research communities, but gain a specific meaning in relation to the research area. Others are more preliminary attempts to advance our understanding or probe into new potential practices within collaborative future-making. In that sense the concepts in the glossary are well situated and grounded in past and ongoing research within this research group, at the same time as they are meant to suggest, propose and point towards practices and approaches yet to come.

The concepts in this glossary are not only meant to be descriptive but also performative. In that sense, assembling and circulating this glossary is part of collaborative future-making. As pointed out by Michelle Westerlaken in her articulation of “Doing Concepts” (see page 15), “...without proposing, critiquing, or working towards a common or uncommon understanding of certain concepts, it becomes impossible to ‘make futures’ in any deliberate fashion.”

Publisher
p. 34
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-14308 (URN)
Available from: 2020-03-31 Created: 2020-03-31 Last updated: 2023-10-20Bibliographically approved
Smedberg, A. (2019). Affective Infrastructuring (ed.). In: (Ed.), 8th biannual Nordic Design Research Society, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland: . Paper presented at 8th biannual Nordic Design Research Society (Nordes) conference, Alto, Finland (2-4 June, 2019). Aalto University, Finland
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Affective Infrastructuring
2019 (English)In: 8th biannual Nordic Design Research Society, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland, Aalto University, Finland , 2019Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses the implications of care within infrastructuring processes, through the lens of a case study account and anecdote. The case study, located in Malmö (Sweden), is an on-going project exploring methods for citizen engagement within city planning. The paper seeks to exemplify how affect can travel - and accumulate - in interactions between public sector workers and citizens, and how this affective current means that each actor is simultaneously affecting and being affected by her surroundings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Aalto University, Finland, 2019
Series
Nordic Design Research Conference, ISSN 1604-9705
Keywords
Affect, Infrastructuring, Participatory Design, Public Sector, Citizen Engagement
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-10880 (URN)29626 (Local ID)29626 (Archive number)29626 (OAI)
Conference
8th biannual Nordic Design Research Society (Nordes) conference, Alto, Finland (2-4 June, 2019)
Available from: 2020-02-29 Created: 2020-02-29 Last updated: 2023-10-20Bibliographically approved
Smedberg, A. (2019). Vem deltar i vems process: en processreflektion med grund i fyra av Amiralsstadens överbryggande kunskapsallianser (ed.). : Malmö universitet, Fakulteten för Kultur och samhälle
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Vem deltar i vems process: en processreflektion med grund i fyra av Amiralsstadens överbryggande kunskapsallianser
2019 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö universitet, Fakulteten för Kultur och samhälle, 2019. p. 18
Keywords
Amiralstaden, medborgardeltagande, stadsplanering, kunskapsallianser, demokrati
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-13288 (URN)29633 (Local ID)29633 (Archive number)29633 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-29 Created: 2020-02-29 Last updated: 2023-10-20Bibliographically approved
Smedberg, A. & Light, A. (2018). Autonomy and control in Orkney: An inquiry into the social benefits of community wind energy. In: Patrick Sumpf, Christian Büscher (Ed.), Patrick Sumpf, Christian Büscher (Ed.), Control, Change and Capacity-building in Energy Systems: (pp. 18-26). Shape Energy Research Design Challenge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Autonomy and control in Orkney: An inquiry into the social benefits of community wind energy
2018 (English)In: Control, Change and Capacity-building in Energy Systems / [ed] Patrick Sumpf, Christian Büscher, Shape Energy Research Design Challenge , 2018, p. 18-26Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The poet George MacKay Brown (1921-1996) lived most of his life in Orkney and dedicated his life’s work to the poetry he saw in an island shaped by its people and a people shaped by their island. In his book An Orkney Tapestry, originally published in 1969, he returns, time and again, to the analogy of the loom and the tapestry to describe the islands. As in the quote above, where he describes the “different estates [...] stitched together in a single garment”, he also refers to the islands as a tapestry woven by history, people and things. The Orkney with which we concern ourselves in this paper is still Brown’s Orkney; it is still a place of almost indefinable integrity and its history still has an undeniable presence. In this paper, we look at the growth and impact of socio-material power infrastructures, in and around Orkney, over the past thirty years, based on two visits to observe, solicit diverse perspectives upon and study the development of “community energy” (Smith et al., 2016; Seyfang et al., 2013). We use onshore wind turbines as an inquiry into how the tapestry of Orkney is interwoven with the Scottish mainland, the UK and Westminster. By tracing the development of renewable energy here, we offer the reader an account of local control and agency, in response to the SHAPE ENERGY ‘control’ challenge. In bringing a historical socio-technical inquiry to bear on energy production and local control, we draw attention, also, to the language of our account and, indeed, any account that deals with power supplies. The word ‘power’ comes to English from the Latin, via Old French, meaning ‘ability to act or do’. ‘Energy’, ‘agency’ and ‘control’ also relate to the means to perform actions and alter states. In this account, we juxtapose the ethereality of electricity, with its technical power to enact change through chemistry in ways determined by physics, with the equally immaterial flows of power that arise in the socio-technical sphere of erecting wind turbines, seeing the history of control of energy in Orkney as a meeting – and intertwining – of these technical and socio-technical factors, playing through the material infrastructure of cables, turbines, batteries and the grid.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Shape Energy Research Design Challenge, 2018
Keywords
Wind energy, Science and Technology and Society (STS), Design research
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-9605 (URN)26460 (Local ID)26460 (Archive number)26460 (OAI)
Note

Chapter in Report

Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2023-10-20Bibliographically approved
Smedberg, A., Kinna, R. & Lang, M. (2018). Degrowth is not utopian, it is happening (ed.).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Degrowth is not utopian, it is happening
2018 (English)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Medea Vox, an academic podcast. Episode 23: In this Medea Vox episode, we discuss degrowth. How can we build societies where economic growth is no longer important? This year, the first of August was the date when we had used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year. Are we about to eradicate our own habitats? This conversation between scholars Miriam Lang, Ruth Kinna and Alicia Smedberg explores what needs to be done to avoid it.

Series
Medea Vox ; 23
Keywords
Degrowth, post-capitalism, sustainability
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-13661 (URN)26475 (Local ID)26475 (Archive number)26475 (OAI)
Note
PodcastAvailable from: 2020-02-29 Created: 2020-02-29 Last updated: 2023-10-20Bibliographically approved
Smedberg, A., Linde, P. & Nilsson, M. (2017). Thinking about the future through fiction (ed.).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Thinking about the future through fiction
2017 (English)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Medea Vox, an academic podcast. Episode 21: Fiction holds the ability of imagining alternative futures. Through comics, novels and videogames, we can explore social and technical “What If’s.” In this Medea Vox episode, we discuss how fiction can contribute to our thinking about the future in ways which other schools of thought – such as the scientific – cannot.

Series
Medea Vox ; 21
Keywords
Fiction, Futures, Future-making, Design Fiction, Sci-fi, Storytelling
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-13659 (URN)26476 (Local ID)26476 (Archive number)26476 (OAI)
Note
PodcastAvailable from: 2020-02-29 Created: 2020-02-29 Last updated: 2023-10-20Bibliographically approved
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