Doris Lydahl

Senior Lecturer

Linguistics and Theory of Science
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Doris Lydahl

I am a senior lecturer in theory of science and a researcher within the field of science and technology studies. At the moment, I am working on a research project on the use of welfare technologies in municipal elder care. The project is funded by The Swedish foundation for humanities and social sciences.

I previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tampere. I hold a PhD in sociology from the the Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg.

My research concerns the meeting between policy and practice. I am studying how and when policy is enacted in practice at for example hospitals, in psychiatry and in elderly care. Specifically, I am interested in what is often taken for granted: the mundane, ordinary and routine-like everyday work and procedures. Building on insights from science- and technology studies I see mundane and everyday practices as places where policy, science and technology meet and enact their normativities, values and orders and where these are transformed and adapted.

I 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 (funded by RJ).

2022- Beyond Covid? Using Patient Knowledge to Improve the Care and Management of Long Covid Sufferers (funded by FORTE)

Research interests

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


Has extensive experience of teaching in theory of science, 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