Anna Essén

Anna is committed to the study of how digital technology shapes and is shaped by what individuals, organisations and societies focus their attention on, find worthwhile, or feel capable of achieving. Anna’s current projects concern the co-evolution of digital infrastructures, organisational relationships, and institutions, including longitudinal studies of digital innovations driven by tech-entrepreneurs, patient networks and professional organisations in healthcare.

Anna’s studies cover topics such as the dynamics of distributed digital innovation, how algorithms conceal and make voices visible, the art of ignoring public performance data, and how technology usage at the micro-level can generate institutional change at the macro-level.


While Anna doesn’t consider herself to be the typical academic, in one sense she is. She cannot seem to stop losing things; her phone, her keys, her documents. Still, these things make life exciting for Anna. She has not (yet) lost her kids.

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