PhD projects in the department

Tracking the female body – the impact of self-tracking with a smartphone

September 2016 - August 2019

How is surveilling and quantifying our bodies affecting us? We develop unconscious algorithms that can drive cars and diagnose better than we can, and we tend to trust data over embodied knowledge. With self-tracking applications for smartphones, we generously share sensitive data – both in terms of algorithmic processing (sharing with the service) and to a social media interface through which we can visualize and share our results. In my Ph.D. I focus on how self-tracking practices are embedded in women’s everyday lives and potentially affects their embodied experience.


Exploring the influence of British Television Dramas on Contemporary Chinese Audiences

March 2016 - February 2020

My current research is concerned with the exploration of the influence of foreign television dramas, particularly British ones, on primarily online Chinese viewers, a recent development that reflects a burgeoning and potentially (socially and politically) contentious trend not only in Mainland China but also in the neighbouring Asian countries.


Creativity in Television Production - DR3's Channel Strategy

February 2016 - January 2019

The project consists of a production analysis of the influence of systemic production conditions on creativity in television production. The project uses the Danish public service television institution DR’s new channel for a younger audience (age 15-39) DR3 as a case study that embodies this transition from linear flow television to the purely digital television channel.


US remakes of Danish TV-series: Why and how?

August 2014 - December 2017

When Danish TV-series travel to the US: This project explores why and how Danish TV-series were remade in the US 2010-15 to learn about Denmark’s role in an international TV-market and small nation’s export of TV-drama in general. It aims to do this by conducting a theoretically grounded production analysis, complimented by a text analysis and audience study.  


What are podcasts used for? A study of the selection, situation and motives behind podcast listening

February 2014 - September 2018

The everyday experience of audio podcasts: My PhD project is an inquiry into the different uses and experiences of audio podcasts in everyday life. Working with logbooks and interviews drawing on various creative methods, I study the selection, the situation and the motives behind podcast listening. To gain insight into a new kind of listening practice but also to investigate on demand media usage in a broader sense: With all the world’s content available with a touch of a finger, how do we navigate?


Self-directed health online - social media as a means for coping with longterm health-issues

September 2013 - August 2018

In my PhD I inquire how laypeople, who struggle with long-term health-issues, employ social media as a means of seeking information about their illnesses and coping with their situation. As part of my fieldwork I study how people discuss their symptoms, challenges and opportunities for treatment with fellow sufferers online, for example in Facebook-based communities. I do also study how people relate to and employ in their daily lives the knowledge that these online communities convey. This relates to the questions of how (patient) identity is co-constructed/negotiated digitally and how digital media users interact with (or refrain from interacting with) the healthcare system. Put differently, in my research I seek to draw a picture of digital health culture and ways of patienting in the digital age.


Inside the External Television Production Industry in Denmark

February 2013 – February 2018

The project consists of ethnographical field studies within different types of production companies, exploring the significance of ambivalent production cultures in cultural production through both historical and contemporary perspectives.  

Katrine Broe Sørensen

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Arbejdstitel

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Arbejdstitel

Startmåned - Slutmåned

Projektbeskrivelse på vej


Developing a framework to analyze media systemic developments in transitional countries: A case study on Libya

December 2012 - May 2017

Media systems in post-revolutionary countries

Morten Toustrup