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Åsa Mäkitalo


Åsa Mäkitalo
+46 31 786 2357

Room number: Pedagogen B Åsikten
Postal Address: Box 300, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Läroverksgatan 15 , 41120 Göteborg

Department of Education, Communication and Learning (More Information)
Box 300
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 2391
Visiting Address: Läroverksgatan 15 , 411 20 Göteborg

About Åsa Mäkitalo

Åsa Mäkitalo is Professor of Education with a background in human resource and organisation studies. In 2006-2018 she was a co-director of LinCS, a CoE in Research on Learning and IT. In 2010 she established the University of Gothenburg LETStudio - a network of scholars conducting interdisciplinary research on how technologies are intertwined in core activities in society with a focus on the transformation of knowledge and learning practices.

Åsa specialises in research on institutional communication that concern what it implies to appropriate, collectively maintain, and develop institutional forms of knowing. The analytical focus is on participants' ways of organising and coordinating activities including the sense-making practices that are triggered when new issues or social dilemmas need to be attended to and transformed into accountable ways of working. Mäkitalo also takes an interest in the activities institutions arrange in order to intergrate or activate individuals or groups to participate a normatively preferred community.

Recent research activities
Her empirical work range from studies in schools to higher education and work settings and can be summarized as follows:

• Technologies and the transformation of expertise
• The social organisation of learning and knowing
• Remembering as an institutional practice
• Social, moral and cognitive accountability
• Forms of participation and co-production of knowledge

Recent/ongoing projects:

  • Professional Trust and Autonomous Systems. Funded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation. (2020-cont.) Co-applicant.
  • LETCOM - Learning and teaching through controversy mapping. Funded by the Swedish Research Council. (2015-2019.) Scientific leader.
  • LETStudio – The University of Gothenburg Learning and Media Technology Studio (2010-2020.) Scientific leader.
  • MobCitSci - Taking science to the crowd: Researchers, programmers and volunteer contributors transforming science online. Funded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation (2014-2018). Researcher.
  • LinCS – The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in contemporary Society. CoE with 10 years of funding from The Swedish Research Council. (2006-2018). Co-Director.


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

Approaching writing and learning as interdependent processes
Åsa Mäkitalo
Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Textures of experience in professional practice: Learning from working with material formations.
Åsa Mäkitalo
Invited SIG10 Symposium presentation at the EARLI Conference in Aachen, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

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

E-hälsa och självrapportering – ett pedagogiskt perspektiv
Åsa Mäkitalo
På tal om eHälsa, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

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Learning strategy: Management ideology and the voice of production
Mona Nilsen, Åsa Mäkitalo
Paper presented at the Multidisciplinary Approaches to Learning conference, InterLearn, Helsinki, Finland, Conference contribution 2003
Conference contribution

Keeping the System Up: Reasoning and Diagnosing in IT Support Practices
Ann-Charlotte Eklund, Åsa Mäkitalo, Roger Säljö
Paper presented at the InterLearn, Helsinki, Finland, Helsinki, Finland, Conference contribution 2003
Conference contribution


Att lära sig underförstå: om kommunikativ socialisation i det komplexa samhället.
Roger Säljö, Åsa Mäkitalo
I P. Linell & A. K (Eds.), Jagen och rösterna: Goffman, Viveka och samtalet. , Linköping, Studies in Communication 42, Chapter in book 2002
Chapter in book


Kommunikation som materiell praktik.
Åsa Mäkitalo, Roger Säljö
I J. Lindén, G. Westlander & G. Karlsson (Red.), Kvalitativa metoder i arbetslivsforskning., Stockholm, Rådet för arbetslivsforskning, Chapter in book 1999
Chapter in book

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