Maja Hojer Bruun

Maja Hojer Bruun is an associate professor in the Department of Learning and Philosophy. She participates in the Techno-Anthropology research group as well as the Energy, Environment and Sustainable Future-Making's group. Her main research interests are in science and technology, political economy, welfare societal institutions and organisations, culture and learning processes, urban studies and legal anthropology. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Denmark, Russia and Germany. In her current research projects, she explores technological communities and questions of sociality, democracy, ethics and societal interests in relation to emergent technologies such as robots, drones, smart energy technologies and telecommunication devices. She teaches anthropological theory and methods, STS and philosophy of science in the Techno-Anthropology BSc and MSc programmes and in the MSc programme in Learning and Innovative Change (LFP). She supervises students from BA to PhD level. She is also the semester coordinator of the 3rd semester in the BA programme in Techno-Anthropology. She is the convenor of the Research Network for the Anthropology of Technology: Future Technologies, Culture and Human Practices:

Current research projects

In the SECURE project (Secure Estimation and Control Using Recursion and Encryption) I work together with automation and control engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists and other anthropologists to explore ethics and issues of trust and security in new ICT platforms, algorithms and secure computation technologies. See more here.

My new research project on "Living Labs: An Interventionist Ethnographic Approach to Technologies of the Future" starts on August 1, 2018.

Read more about the project on the Independent Research Fund Denmark's website.

Associated organisations


The Techno-Anthropology Research Group

The Techno-Anthropology (TANT) group researches key processes of social and technical innovation that are critical to the challenges facing contemporary and future societies. Complicated societal issues are unlikely to be solved by technical fixes. We therefore believe that workable solutions and a responsible development of technology must build on the active consideration of social relations, the engagement of users, and an in-depth understanding of the complexities of technology-in-use.

Ethnographic Future Making: Datafication, ENvironment and Infrastructures

This group conducts techno-anthropological and ethnographic research in the diverse fields of infrastructures, data systems and environmental studies, and develops techno-anthropological perspectives on urban development, datafication, climate change and sustainability.

Department of Learning and Philosophy

The Department of Learning and Philosophy operates on an interdisciplinary, cross-faculty basis. The mission of the Department is to do research, development and teaching in the areas of education, learning and philosophy, within the educational system as well as in public and private organisations.

The Faculty of Humanities 

Aalborg University Copenhagen