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IT University of Copenhagen (ITU)
Design, Culture, Mobility and Communication

 Contact details
Contact personIrina Shklovski
Assistant Professor 
StreetRued Langgaards Vej 7 
Address 2300 - Copenhagen S (Denmark) 
Phone+45 7218 5363 
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)11-25 
Organisation TypeSecondary or higher education establishment 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Anthropology
» Area studies
» Sociology
» Other social sciences
» Journalism, mass media and communication

 Brief description of your activity focus
PhD in Human Computer Interaction with emphasis on communication, friendship, social networks, privacy, trust, transnationalism

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
I have broad interests ranging from issues of relationship maintenance and identity to
investigating the role of technology in disaster. Specifically, my research focuses on how
people use communication technologies to cope with adverse circumstances, to maintain their
social relationships, to manage trust and privacy in the context of technology use and to navigate
and interact in urban spaces. I have published extensively on the role of mediated communication
in relational maintenance locally, long-distance and transnationally, on the way people
adapt available technologies to cope with disasters in the immediate aftermath and during long-
term recovery, on the politics of access to the internet and practices of surveillance and
censorship in non-western countries
and on issues of privacy and power-relations in the use
of location-based mobile technologies.

I have deep expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods. I have extensive experience in
designing large-scale national survey panel studies and conducting statistical analyses on panel
and time-series data
. I have also designed, organized and conducted multi-year
internationally as well as mixed-method studies in sensitive areas, such as for
example post-Katrina New Orleans.

My main area of focus is the role of communication technologies in relational maintenance and
how human sociality plays out in everyday life as well as in stressful circumstances. I study
disruptions in daily life as a way to get insight into habitual practices that often go unnoticed
under normal circumstances.
 Research Activities

 Project participation
Project #1
Project TypeNational
Project TitleFrom local ties to transnational connections: The role of computer-mediated communication in relational maintenance
CoordinatorDourish P. (PI) & Shklovski, I. (Co-PI)
Project #2
Project TypeNational
Project TitleCultural meanings of personal networks: Use of social network sites in Russia and Kazakhstan
Specific ThemePaPR@UCI small grants

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
I have been involved in a number of nationally funded research projects in the United States. I have been
awarded a United States National Science Foundation PhD fellowship for my PhD studies. After my PhD
studies, I applied for and was awarded the following grants:

2009-2012 Dourish P. (PI) & Shklovski, I. (Co-PI) From local ties to transnational connections: The role of
computer-mediated communication in relational maintenance. Human Centered Computing (HCC) National
Science Foundation. $499,999

2008 Shklovski, I. (PI) Cultural meanings of personal networks: Use of social network sites in Russia and
Kazakhstan. PaPR@UCI small grants $4,500

I have conducted research in several locations in the US, in Denmark, in Russia and in Kazakhstan.

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