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Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard




Dr. Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard (she/her) is an interaction designer, postdoctoral researcher and scientist. Through speculative and feminist design, she explores possible futures of intimate technologies. Her work is engaging with the materiality of the body, and designing with and for sensitive and tabooed topics, such as menstrual and sexual health and bodily fluids. She enjoys science fiction, and is the co-founder of the Speculative Futures Stockholm chapter.

Her work raises questions related to intersections of gender and sexuality with technology use and development, as well as political and social aspects of future technologies, such as conversational agents, wearables, robots, and AI/ML. She has research expertise in design methodologies, incl. research-through-design, speculative design and design fiction, in feminist theory and approaches in design and Human-Computer-Interaction (HCI), as well as sexual, reproductive and menstrual health, incl. menstrual cycles, menopause, fertility, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual pleasure.

Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at KTH The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, where she worked with digital women’s health and soma design. In 2018, she received a PhD degree in Interaction Design from Aarhus University, Denmark, based on her doctoral thesis “Staying with the Trouble through Design: Critical-feminist Design of Intimate Technology”. She has been a visiting researcher at Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden, and Kyoto Design Lab, Japan. She has published and received best-paper awards in leading design and HCI conferences, incl. CHI, DIS, Nordes, and DRS. Her design work has been exhibited and published in international exhibition, festivals and magazines, incl. transmediale, PAF Olomouc, Uroboros, and Form Design Magazine. She was named Global Young Scientist in 2021 by KTH, and is a member of BioArt Coven and the Design and Posthumanism network.

Marie Louise is currently working on a collaborative project Biomenstrual that explores non-anthropocentric and ecofeminist design of human menstrual care. She is curious to further explore witchcraft, biodesign, microfluidics and point-of-care technologies, more-than-human design, and social and environmental justice and its intersection with oppression and marginalization. She is looking for partnerships with Norwegian communities interested in exploring these questions with her.



Publications (7)



Utopian Futures for Sexuality, Aging, and Design

This excerpt is from a letter to a future self, a story written at a workshop held at DIS 2020 [1], where participants reframed and reimagined what intimacy might mean for the aging body and what role technology might play. Aging and the changes to the body it brings with it are often portrayed as something negative, a time of loss and fading away... Read »

Conference paper

Making Everyday Things Talk: Speculative Conversations into the Future of Voice Interfaces at Home

  • Søndergaard, Marie Louise Juul|Reddy, Anuradha|Kocaballi, Baki|Nicenboim, Iohanna|Lupetti, Maria Luce|Key, Cayla|Speed, Chris|Lockton, Dan|Giaccardi, Elisa|Grommé, Francisca|Robbins, Holly|Primlani, Namrata|Yurman, Paulina|Sumartojo, Shanti|Phan, Thao|Bedö, Viktor|Strengers, Yolande

What if things had a voice? What if we could talk directly to things instead of using a mediating voice interface such as an Alexa or a Google Assistant? In this paper, we share our insights from talking to a pair of boots, a tampon, a perfume bottle, and toilet paper among other everyday things to explore their conversational capabilities... Read »

Conference paper

Resisting the Medicalisation of Menopause: Reclaiming the Body through Design

The menopause transition involves bodily-rooted, socially-shaped changes, often in a context of medicalisation that marginalises people based on their age and gender. With the goal of addressing this social justice matter with a participatory design approach, we started to cultivate partnerships with people going through menopause... Read »

Conference paper

Designing Menstrual Technologies with Adolescents

Starting to menstruate can restrict adolescents’ movements due to physiological changes and societal stigma. We present a participatory soma design project advocating for young adolescents to listen to and care for their newly-menstruating bodies, specifically focusing on participation in sport... Read »


“Vibrant Wearables”: Material Encounters with the Body as a Soft System

As new materials become available for textile and interaction designers, it is crucial that we develop an understanding of the lived experiences of such materials and explore meaningful contexts for their development. In this paper, we engage with systems in which bodies as materials and materials as bodies constitute an assemblage of vitalities in constant flux with one another... Read »