Doris Lydahl


Linguistics, Logic and Theory of Science
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Doris Lydahl

Doris Lydahl currently holds a so called Flexit position, in a 3 year research project funded by The Swedish foundation for humanities and social sciences. During the first two years of the project Doris is placed at the Gothenburg Region and the third year she will return to the University of Gothenburg to finish the project. Building on an ethnographic, practice-oriented and explorative case-study approach, Doris investigates how elderly care personnel respond to and interact with welfare technology when it is introduced at their workplaces and what values on welfare and care that guides them.

Doris Lydahl previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tampere, and as a lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Work Science and at the Department for Social Work, University of Gothenburg. She defended her PhD thesis in 2017 at the Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg. She holds a BA and an MA in Sociology, both from the University of Gothenburg.

In her research she draws upon perspectives from Science and Technology Studies (STS). Her research is focused on issues relating to healthcare, care and medicine.

Doris was awarded The Torgny T. Segerstedt prize for best article in Sociologisk Forskning 2017 for her paper "Visible persons, invisible work?: Exploring articulation work in the implementation of person-centred care on a hospital ward".

Research projects

2020-2023 The Values of Welfare Technologies (financed by RJ, half of funding placed at the Gothenburg Region).

Research interests

STS, care, welfare practices, elderly care, home as a place of care, digitalization, technologies in care and medicine, medical sociology, and ethnography.


Has extensive experience of teaching in sociology, STS, social work and qualitative methods.


  • Member of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
  • Member of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)
  • Member of the Socio-Gerontechnology Network
  • Part of the department's STS research group
  • Part of the department's digitalization research group