The research group on Childhood, Youth and Family Life is currently conducting several kinds of interdisciplinary research projects about the everyday life of children and young people across institutions and families. These research endeavors aim to uncover the impact of ongoing modernisation on children and young people as well as on institutions and family life.
This group brings together researchers who map and analyse the university and its practices in their current and historical forms. The research of the group is trans- and interdisciplinary and draws on a range of traditions including policy sociology, ethnography, sociology of science, continental philosophy and critical psychology, and members work with a range of methods including international and comparative perspectives. While 'critical' means different things to the members of the group, and is an on-going point of discussion, the common denominator is a shared concern about the future of the university as a social institution.
The purpose of the research is to improve knowledge about the interaction between the growth of society and its groundings. This knowledge will form the basis of planning in correlation with environment, energy, production and transport. The research in METRIK is levelled at cross-curricular issues and includes scientific, technological as well as social aspects related to development and utilisation of nature, resources, infrastructure and technology.
In all culture gender is a category which is used to define a framework for the individual’s actions. Although different kinds of meaning are associated with gender in various social and historical contexts, gender can be a category which always makes a difference. This is the reason why the research group focus specially on gender across different fields of research. We wish to study the meaning of gender in and through different contexts with the aim of developing understandings of the meanings of the gender across various fields of research and from different theoretical perspectives.
The research group conducts cross-curricular research with focus on Health Promotion and Sustainable development where sustainability must be understod in the widest possible sense which includes environment, social change as well as institutional conditions, etc.
Health, Institutions and Subjectivity
This research group conducts interdisciplinary health research with a basis in the humanities and social sciences in the ambition to create new knowledge about the dynamics that make people act in relation to health and diseases in ways that can be seen as subjective mediations of their social situation and of the institutional context.
Programming, Logic and Intelligent Systems
The PLIS (Programming, Logic and Intelligent Systems) group at Roskilde University investigates foundations, tools and languages for the development of adaptable, reliable, human-oriented computer systems.
The research group develop and share knowledge on social innovation processes, learning and competency development, and innovative management styles. The perspective is interdisciplinary and in part draws on psychological, pedagogical, and sociological perspectives, while also drawing on barrier-breaking knowledge which applies to the areas we study.
The research unit investigates the spatial reorganisation of society. We investigate relations between everyday life, culture, settlement and industries. New forms of mobility, social exclusion, intercultural relations, new technologies and creative industries demand new approaches in theory and in practice.
The research group focuses on studying of human beings’ subjectivity, experiences, and activities in their everyday life across different contexts. Today technologies play a vital part in coordinating the social activities and subjectivity in the plurality of contexts which is the basis of modern social life. Through the study of the social organisation of human practice (e.g. in a work place, a child care centre, a health care practice), the research aims to analyse relations between the challenges, perspectives, and technologies of everyday life. Furthermore, the research group makes analyses of the influence of these relations on how human subjects understand each other and act together.
Understanding user needs and requirements starts with understanding people in context. These discoveries can then be translated into visions of user experiences and used for driving the design of innovative IT solutions. The starting point of user-driven IT innovation is analyses of the needs of users, customers, teams of professionals, organizational units, and businesses. The goals of our research are to achieve more successful IT projects and greater benefits of using IT. We focus on how organizations manage, design, implement, and use IT to support users' needs and business strategies. Internationally this research is related to the widely established research community of information systems (IS).
The research group combines an interest in learning in working life with an interest in lifelong learning. We study the developmental conditions and course of development of working life, including possibilities and conditions for learning in working life. “Work” is of great importance, not just for the individual human being. As a collective practice in relation to changes on an institutional and societal level it makes a difference. The focus on subjective perspectives on lifelong learning in our research indicates that this kind of research is unable to capture the complexities of its object, if the notion of competency development is reduced to an adaptation to external demands. The research is transdisciplinary in the field between general social theory, social psychology, organization theories and physical / technical working analyses. The research profile is sociological with strong attachments to education, political analyses, health aspects and technical understanding of working conditions. Also labour market conditions and employment are included.