Minna Ruckenstein


    Research areas

  • 5143 Social anthropology - Techno-Anthropology, Childhood Studies, Consumer culture, Digital humanities, Consumer economics, Digital culture

Description of research and teaching

Minna Ruckenstein is an associate professor at the Consumer Society Research Centre and the Helsinki Center for Digital Humanities, University of Helsinki. She is the principal investigator of various research projects that explore and develop data-related practices and study aspects of digitalization. Ongoing research projects utilize digital methods in exploring topical and emotional rhythms and patterns in social media discussions, study children's cell phone uses, practices of content moderation and data activism.

The emphasis in the teaching and supervision of students is in the emotional, social, practical and political dimensions of digitalisation/datafication. The disciplinary underpinnings of the work range from cultural anthropology, science and technology studies and communication to consumer economics.


Highlighted publications

  1. Broken data: Conceptualising data in an emerging world

    Pink, S., Ruckenstein, M. S., Willim, R. & Duque, M. Jan 2018 In : Big Data & Society. 5, 1, 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. The datafication of health

    Ruckenstein, M. S. & Dow Schull, N. Nov 2017 In : Annual Review of Anthropology. 46, p. 261–278 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview Article

  3. Beyond the Quantified Self: Thematic exploration of a dataistic paradigm

    Ruckenstein, M. & Pantzar, M. Mar 2017 In : New Media & Society. 19, 3, p. 401-418 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Social rhythms of the heart

    Pantzar, M., Ruckenstein, M. S. & Mustonen , V. 2017 In : Health Sociology Review. 26, 1, p. 22-37 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Keeping data alive: Talking DTC genetic testing

    Ruckenstein, M. S. 2017 In : Information, Communication and Society. 20, 7, p. 1024-1039 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  6. Datafied Life: Techno-Anthropology as a Site for Exploration and Experimentation

    Ruckenstein, M. S. & Pantzar, M. 2015 In : Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology. 19, 2, p. 191-210 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Highlighted activities

  1. Research network funded by the Riksbankens Jubileumfond (External organisation)

    Ruckenstein, M. (Member)
    1 Jan 201631 Dec 2018

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Highlighted projects

  1. PDMP: Becoming data citizens

    Ruckenstein, M.



    Project: Research project_Research

  2. Beyond technology Nordplus project

    Ruckenstein, M., Hohti, R. & Stenberg, K.


    Project: Other project

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