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. 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.

Besides teaching, I am currently working on a research project that addresses how individuals suffering from Long Covid in Sweden develop knowledge about their condition through their own and other sufferers' experiences about the condition. The project is funded by Forte.

I have previously researched welfare technology in elderly care in a project funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. Before that, I was a postdoc at the University of Tampere. I received my PhD in June 2017 from the Department of Sociology and Work Science.

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.


I have 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