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Erik Børve Rasmussen

Erik Børve Rasmussen


I lead the academic unit "Service organization and innovation in social work and child welfare", an excellent unit that you can read more about here: service-organization-innovation-social-work-child-welfare.

My PhD project was about General Practitioners' approaches to diagnosis when patients are presenting with 'medically unexplained symptoms' or 'uncertain illness'. Overall, the thesis explores the relationship between knowledge and ambiguity from a sociology of knowledge perspective.

As a researcher and postdoctoral fellow, I explore the development, implementation and uses of social technologies and so-called 'welfare technologies' more broadly, and on the conditions for public-private collaboration in innovation in municipal health and social care. My focus is on the communication tools AV1 and KOMP, both developed by the Norwegian start-up No Isolation to combat loneliness. I am also a work package leader in "Virtual Presence" and lead investigator of "Easy and safe contact with relatives", a collaboration between OsloMet, No Isolation and the Nursing Home Agency in Oslo municipality, and part of Research Centre for Digitalisation of Public Services and Citizenship (CEDIC). In addition, I lead the "REACH Core Group" at the department, which is part of the interdisciplinary research environment REACH, where user-driven and service-oriented research is in focus.

Research interests:

The sociologies of (scientific) knowledge, science, technology, medicine and professions, not to mention theory and theorizing in the social sciences, qualitative research methods and methodology, science studies, cultural sociology and social theory more broadly. And Merton.

Research methods:

Qualitative methods, and in particular forms of document/textual analysis, in-depth interviews and focus group interviews.

Research projects

Scientific publications

Johannessen, Lars E. F.; Rasmussen, Erik Børve; Haldar, Marit (2023). Educational purity and technological danger: understanding scepticism towards the use of telepresence robots in school. British Journal of Sociology of Education .

Rasmussen, Erik Børve; Johannessen, Lars E. F. (2023). Theorizing theory: Invitation to a broader conversation about ‘theory’ in sociology. Sociology Compass .

Rasmussen, Erik Børve; Johannessen, Lars E. F.; Rees, Gethin (2023). Diagnosing by anticipation: Coordinating patient trajectories within and across social systems. Sociology of Health and Illness .

Johannessen, Lars E. F.; Rasmussen, Erik Børve; Haldar, Marit (2022). Student at a distance: exploring the potential and prerequisites of using telepresence robots in schools. Oxford Review of Education .

Fekjær, Silje Bringsrud; Rasmussen, Erik Børve; Terum, Lars Inge (2022). Sanctioning the sick: Do perceptions of activating the sick and diagnosis matter?. Social Policy & Administration . Vol. 56.

Rasmussen, Erik Børve; Askheim, Clemet; Oppedal, Bjarne; Haldar, Marit (2021). Warm technology against loneliness among the elderly? A script analysis of the communication solution KOMP. Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning . Vol. 62.

Rasmussen, Erik Børve; Askheim, Clemet; Oppedal, Bjarne; Haldar, Marit (2021). Varm teknologi mot ensomhet blant eldre? En skriptanalyse av kommunikasjonsløsningen KOMP. Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning .

Köhler-Olsen, Julia; Rasmussen, Erik Børve; Johannessen, Lars E. F.; Haldar, Marit (2021). Deltakelse og verdighet - et kritisk-konstruktivt perspektiv på medborgerskap og personvern i nærværsteknologiens tid. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift . Vol. 38.

Rasmussen, Erik Børve (2020). Rhetorical work and medical authority: Constructing convincing cases in insurance medicine. 8 p. Social Science and Medicine . Vol. 264.

Rasmussen, Erik Børve (2020). Making and managing medical anomalies: Exploring the classification of ‘medically unexplained symptoms’. Social Studies of Science . Vol. 50.

These publications are obtained from Cristin. The list may be incomplete