BiographyGunilla Bradley (GB) is Professor Emerita in Informatics at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) – School of ICT in Stockholm. GB is originally a psychologist and has a broad background in the social and behavioral sciences. Her research concerns the interplay between Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Human Beings, and Society – Social Informatics. Her cross disciplinary research groups were first hosted by Stockholm University for twenty years. She has then been a visiting professor at Stanford University two years and professor of Technology and Social Change at the Royal Institute of Technology. 1997 – 2001 she served as professor in Informatics at Umeå University and Mid Sweden University. In 1997 GB received the prestigious Namur Award from IFIP for her pioneering research to increase the social awareness of the impact of ICT. GB has authored thirteen books and contributed extensively in international scientific journals and the popular science press. Her latest book Social and Community Informatics – Humans on the Net (Routledge 2006) is widely used in both ICT related disciplines and in the social sciences. In 2008 GB was invited as guest professor in Salzburg. She initiated and chaired the annual IADIS conference on “ICT, Society and Humans” for some years. In 2010 she was honored by a “Fest Symposium” at Linnaeus University in Sweden and a “Festschrift” (Eds. Haftor & Mirijamdotter, 2011). More than 60 distinguished researchers from all continents of the world contributed with chapters.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
For Research in the 1990s and Research in the 1980s and the 1970s I refer to my homepage
http://gunillabradley.com . Research in the 2000s:
A research program on Social Informatics (SI) was elaborated in 1997 by Bradley and entitled: "Research on Interplay ICT - Humans - Society". It also inspired other universities in Sweden and abroad and themes/tracks at international scientific conferences in IT-related disciplines. Social Informatics (SI) refers to research and study that examines societal, social, psychosocial and organisational changes at the development, introduction and use of computers, later entitled ICT, digitalization etc. SI includes research that are labelled as Social impacts of computing, Social analysis of ICT, Studies of Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC), Organizational Design and Management and ICT, Computers and Society, Organizational Informatics, Community Informatics, Media and Communications. There are new terminology contiously, AI is again in focus after 20 years silence.
We had originally five research groups in the program from 1997 on ICT, Humans, and Society;
1.The cross disciplinary research program "Interactive Creative Environments" (ICE-project), that Bradley coordinated at KTH was a strong contribution to "Social Informatics"
3."Societal and Psychosocial Challenges and ICT - comparisons between a rural community and a suburban community" (RURBAN)
4."Towards a Global Learning Space - ICT, Learning, and Competence in organisational and societal contexts"
5."Home of the Future - ICT and Changes in human behaviour patterns in the Net Era"
Oil and water-colour painting. Nature - Portrait
Music: Jazz, blues, Nordic composers, Chopin
Vision: "ICT for Welfare for all and for Deepening Human Qualities"
The Peaks of Life: Meeting with people and the beauty of nature and music
Enjoying meetings with two daughters and their families with three grandchildren, the extended family and friends ---.but also the chosen loneliness