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Mark Elam


Mark Elam
+46 31 786 4825

Room number: F330
Postal Address: Box 720, 405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 41122 Göteborg

Department of Sociology and Work Science (More Information)
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 4764
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 411 22 Göteborg

About Mark Elam

After earlier degree studies in the UK at Hull University (BA in Geography) and the London School of Economics (MSc in Geography), Mark Elam gained a doctoral degree in Technology and Social Change at Linköping University, Sweden in 1993. Subsequently, he held two postdoctoral appointments in Denmark at the Technical University of Denmark (1994-1995) and the Department of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen (1996-2000). He joined the University of Gothenburg in 2001 firstly as a researcher at the Section for Science and Technology Studies (STS) becoming a University Lecturer in Sociology in 2003. A Senior Lecturer from 2004, Mark was appointed Professor of Sociology at the University of Gothenburg in 2013. He is a member of the governing committee of the University of Gothenburg Learning and Media Technology Studio (LETStudio - www.letstudio.gu.se), a cross-faculty research initiative established in 2010. During 2013-2016 Elam was part-time Guest Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen where he participated in the Technologies in Practice research group (http://itu.dk/tip). He is also currently a member of the governing board of the European Inter-University Association on Society, Science and Technology (www.esst.eu).

Research Interests
Elam pursues research in sociology and science and technology studies. This has led firstly to a concern with environmental and medical matters and controversy over how technological societies are to be legitimately governed. More specifically, Elam has in recent years been engaged in studies of the politics of Swedish and European nuclear waste management (together with Göran Sundqvist); the (bio)medicalization of cigarette smoking as a problem of nicotine addiction; patient-focussed care in theory and practice and digital infrastructuring in schools and healthcare.

Recent Research Projects
Principal Investigator for the project ‘Alternative States? The Swedish and British Affiliations with Second Wave Tobacco Harm Reduction Compared and Contrasted’ funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR).

Participating Researcher in the EC/EURATOM 7th Framework Programme project ‘International Socio-Technical Challenges for Implementing Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste’ (www.insotec.eu).

Participating researcher in the project ‘The Challenges of Translating Person-Centred Care from Theory into Practice – Lessons to be Learnt from Core Projects within the University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-Centred Care (GPCC)’. Jointly funded by GPCC, the University of Gothenburg Learning and Media Technology Studio (LETStudio) and the University of Exeter Medical School, UK.

Participating Researcher in the project ‘Learning to Engage with Science and Technoscientific Issues in a Digital Landscape: The Arrival of Controversy Mapping as a Method for Digital Inquiry in Swedish Upper Secondary Schools’ funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR).

Principal Investigator for the project ‘Digital Infrastructures for a Sustainable Transition to Person-Centred Care’ funded by GPCC and LETStudio.

Teaching and Supervision
Elam has long experience of teaching in sociology and science and technology studies in both Sweden and Denmark. He is currently Programme Director of the Master Programme in Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Work Science that is top ranked in Sweden. In recent years he has supervised doctoral projects on the move from free software to hardware hacking; contemporary movements and heroes within Swedish popular science; patient-focussed initiatives in the transformation of Swedish healthcare as well as neuroscience and transgender identity. He is interested to supervise further PhD projects combining perspectives from sociology and STS and welcomes inquiries from students.

Mark Elam’s research interests incorporate a long-standing concern with science and society relations and contemporary patterns of science communication. Through his participation in LETStudio he is currently involved in efforts to develop new digital tools and methods designed to broaden debate and discussion of science and technology in schools and museums/science centres. Also given his research on the challenges of managing radioactive waste safely, he has together with fellow researchers been involved in assisting communities hosting nuclear activities to re-negotiate their relations with nuclear industry and the nuclear futures confronting them.

Latest publications

Digital inquiry into emerging issues of public concern: Controversy mapping in a Swedish school context.
Åsa Mäkitalo, Mark Elam, Anne Solli, Sandra Ferraz Freire
Designs for experimentation and inquiry. Approaching learning and knowing in digital transformation. Åsa Mäkitalo, Todd E. Nicewonger, Mark Elam (red.), London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Patientfokuserad vård som paternalism och samproduktion
Mark Elam, Marie Hammer
Vetenskapligt medborgarskap. Redaktörer - Linda Soneryd & Göran Sunqvist, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Åsa Mäkitalo, Todd Nicewonger, Mark Elam
Designs for experimentation and inquiry. Approaching learning and knowing in digital transformation, London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Tenacious assumptions of person-centred care? Exploring tensions and variations in practice.
Öncel Naldemirci, Doris Lydahl, Nicky Britten, Mark Elam, Lucy Moore et al.
Health (London, England : 1997), Journal article 2018
Journal article

Socioscientific Issues via Controversy Mapping: Bringing Actor-Network Theory into the Science Classroom with Digital Technology
Mark Elam, Anne Solli, Åsa Mäkitalo
Paper prepared for the Third Nordic Science and Technology Studies Conference, University of Gothenburg, May 31st – June 2nd 2017 , Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of person‐centred care in different healthcare contexts
Lucy Moore, Nicky Britten, Doris Lydahl, Öncel Naldemirci, Mark Elam et al.
Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Elaboration of the Gothenburg model of person-centred care
Nicky Britten, Lucy Moore, Doris Lydahl, Öncel Naldemirci, Mark Elam et al.
Health Expectations, Journal article 2017
Journal article

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Anti Anti-Constructivism or Laying the Fears of a Langdon Winner to Rest
Mark Elam
Philosophy of Technology: The Technological Condition - An Anthology, edited by Robert Scharff and Val Dusek, Chapter in book 2003
Chapter in book


The Latest New Atlantis in the North: Mapping the Current Confidence of the Swedish Technoscientific Community
Hans Glimell, Mark Elam
Easst 2002, conference abstracts., Conference contribution 2002
Conference contribution



Puzzling-Out the Post-Fordist Debate: Technology, Markets and Institutions
Mark Elam
Regulation Theory and the Crisis of Capitalism edited by Bob Jessop, Chapter in book 2000
Chapter in book


Living Dangerously with Bruno Latour in a Hybrid World
Mark Elam
Theory, Culture and Society, Journal article 1999
Journal article


Når maskiner eksploderer, hjul falder af og brødristere går amok! Om objektivistiske versus konstruktivistiske repræsentationer af teknologisk viden og praksis
Mark Elam
Socialkonstruktivisme: Bidrag til en kritisk diskussion, Margaretha Järvinen og Margareta Bertilsson (reds.), Chapter in book 1998
Chapter in book


National Imaginations and Systems of Innovation
Mark Elam
Systems of Innnovation: Technology, Organizations, Institutions, Charles Edquist (ed.), Chapter in book 1997
Chapter in book


Markets, Morals and Powers of Innovation
Mark Elam
Economy and Society, Journal article 1993
Journal article

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