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Henry Mainsah

Researcher

Email
henry.mainsah@aho.no

Biography

I am a media scholar  studying the way young people use social media in their everyday lives. Through ethnographic methods I focus mainly on the way social network technologies are shaping society. I lecture on subjects such as qualitative research methods, youth culture, media theory, and cultural identities. My current research focuses on how social media design can be used to change the way young people participate in civic life.

I received my PhD from the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo. Buzzwords in my research world include: social media, identity, design, youth, cultural studies, learning, ethnography, race, gender, class, ethnicity.

I am currently the coordinator of the AHO PhD school and a researcher attached to the delTA research project at the Centre for Design Research.

Projects:

C-SAN Futures|delTA|DesDoc (Design Doctoral Education)|Field studies ship control room|GUI Concept|METODA|NarraHand|Ocean Industries Concept Lab|QUALITY FOR IMPACT|The design of commenting in online magazines and newspapers

Publications (32)

Conference paper

Global Participatory Design

This paper not only reflects on the crucial feature of global connectedness when it comes to addressing Climate Change in an effective way. It also reflects on the just as important feature of connectedness to future generations. Arguably, these two features could be at odds with, or at least be a challenge for, the most typical and espoused features of Participatory Design (PD); i.e... Read »

Article

Social media, design and civic engagement by youth: A cultural view

This argumentative essay at the intersection of media studies, Cultural Studies, and literacy research, frames of PD in the emerging territory of social media and civic engagement. We refer to core principles of PD and to recent reflections on social technologies and participation in design. These are linked to research on designing for participative cultural expression via social media... Read »

Posts written by Henry (4)

AHO

delTA – pushing the envelope on Youth Civic Engagement

Earlier this summer, the Centre for Design research gladly announced that it had landed a new project. This project, named delTA, is funded by the Research Council of Norway and it aims to design and develop social web services and applications to increase civic engagement among youth. These social web services and applications will help organizations and businesses that profess a social responsibility mission create venues where youth and young adults between 15 – 25 years can engage in matters related to their society.

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