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Annika Bergviken Rensfeldt

About Annika Bergviken Rensfeldt

Annika Bergviken Rensfeldt, PhD/Associate Professor in Education, Excellent Teacher Practitioner

My current research focuses on teachers’ digital work, digital (in)equality within the public sector and education. One important focus is how aspects of powers around digital platform infrastructures and datafication are affecting education and work. I also studied this in relation to social media platforms and professionals’ work.

A research interest which has followed from my dissertation in 2010 is distance and higher education, with a focus on governing and geopolitical issues and aspects of openness, accessibility, and gender in relation to digital technology. My research expertise is critical sociological approaches to education, policy and digitalization. My background is within Media Studies and I am also trained as an Upper Secondary school teacher within that area.

I have a wide experience of teaching and pedagogical development, also in leadership roles. One appointment is to coordinate the university network of deputy heads of departments responsible for education and I also served as one earlier. In 2016, I was awarded as Excellent Teaching Practitioner at the Faculty of Education, University of Gothenburg. I teach regularly in courses at the International Master’s Programme in IT and Learning, the course Teachers’ Digital Spaces, and in doctoral courses on qualitative methods, text and policy analyses, social media research. Every other year I am course leader for the course Policy Studies in Educational Sciences. At the department, I co-coordinate the researcher within Learning, Education and Digitalization. I currently supervise three PhD students, Tanya Osborne, Svea Kiesewetter och Kalliopi Moraiti.

Current research projects:

· Principal investigator in the project BalancEd - Teachers’ digital work – (in)balance between demands and support? funded by Forte Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare. It is a Swedish-Australian project investigating how intensified school digitalization and digital platform work is regulating teachers’ work situations and digital labor.

· Member of the international research project, RED - Reconfiguration of Educational In/Equality in a Digital World (funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and led by Prof Felicitias Macgilchrist, Georg Eckert Institute, Germany), researching how school digitalization and datafication practices are creating local and global inequalities based on the country cases of Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Germany and Sweden.

· Member of the Nordic project, SOS - Infrastructures for partially digital citizens: Supporting informal welfare work in the digitized state (funded by Nordforsk and led by Prof Brit Ross Winthereik, IT-University of Copenhagen), which explore how welfare sector workers like teachers, nurses and social workers are involved in or supported by informal unpaid work, and how this relates to transformations in the Nordic state government.

Earlier research projects:

· Member of Professional learning and social media (funded by the Swedish Research Council funded and led by Mona Lundin) which focused on how large-scale participation on social media platforms are affecting teachers’ everyday work and professional exchange.