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Relational Aspects of Care in Intimate Digital Health Technologies

About the Project
October 2021 – August 2023
The research aims to fill the gap in women’s health by designing and studying the use of digital health technologies for intimate care and the tacit interpersonal relationships associated with intimate care. At the personal level, the research aims to improve awareness of intimate care by co-designing and developing innovative interactions with the technology using innovative design methods such as Soma Design. At the interpersonal level, the research aims to study the shared and domestic use of intimate health technologies between partners, such as fertility tracking, and how better care structures can be developed outside the home, such as in the workplace. The research aims to understand the trust factors in using algorithmic services for intimate health at the system level.

Background
Despite making important progress in women’s health, severe gaps prevail in how women’s health is understood and represented. Social and cultural taboos associated with the female body have long affected education, treatment, and access to healthcare. Digital approaches to women’s health similarly have been limited in their focus such that they fail to respond to the broad, bodily, and taboo challenges that women’s health brings.

About the Digital Futures Postdoc Fellow
Deepika Yadav is a postdoctoral research fellow in Stockholm Technology & Interaction Research (STIR) group. Her research lies at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and global development with specific interests in working for underrepresented groups in resource-constrained settings, women’s health, and well-being. Her latest research studies sociological contexts of interpersonal relationships of care in the workplace setting for lactating mothers.

Main supervisor
Airi Lampinen, Associate Professor, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV) at Stockholm University

Co-supervisor
Madeline Balaam, Associate Professor, Division of Media Technology and Interaction Designs at KTH

Contacts

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Deepika Yadav

Digital Futures Postdoctoral Fellow, Postdoc project: Relational Aspects of Care in Intimate Digital Health Technologies

deepika.yadav@dsv.su.se
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Airi Lampinen

Associate Professor, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV) at Stockholm University, Co-PI of research project Layering Trust in Intimate Digital Health Technologies, Demonstrator project: Digital Futures Drone Arena, Co-PI of research project Layering Trust, Supervisor for postdoc project Relational Aspects of Care in Intimate Digital Health Technologies, Digital Futures Faculty

+46 08 16 16 19
airi@dsv.su.se
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Madeline Balaam

Associate Professor, Division of Media Technology and Interaction Designs at KTH, Member of the Executive Committee, Associate Director for Mobility, PI of project Layering Trust in Intimate Digital Health Technologies, Co-PI of project Mid-sized Seated Haptic Interactions for Autonomous Vehicles, Co-Supervisor for postdoc project Relational Aspects of Care in Intimate Digital Health Technologies, Digital Futures Faculty

+46 8 790 66 27
balaam@kth.se