What do professionals do in a given practice?

Humans are competent and they have specific membership expert knowledge about what they do and how they interact in their everyday lives.

The PIPE research network studies how humans interact and in particular what they do in ‘professional practices’. The aim is to support and collaborate with professionals in various disciplines, fx. health workers, policymakers, teaching experts, designers, engineers or technology developers. Social impact is the general objective that unites researchers across campuses at University of Southern Denmark.

Atypical Interaction

Research into atypical interaction focus on humans facing challenges and vulnerabilities in interaction and communication. The potential of the research is to explore the resources and ways of socially collaborating with others in various naturally occurring situations. Projects involve research on people living with aphasia, dementia but also people engaging with different technologies to overcome their challenges.

Teaching Training and Intervention

Research within Teaching, Training and Intervention concern ordinary educational environments but also ’learning practices in the wild’, in non-institutional social settings. Hence this theme focuses on the pedagogical practices of language stimulation but also on projects that carry out innovative reconfigurations of local communities to encourage people to build learning spaces in their everyday practices. Within this theme an interest in the use of games and gaming for language and communication training purposes is emerging.


Humans and Technology

In this research theme we explore what makes socially interacting with technology possible. One strand of research looks at how we co-habit a world where humans must share space with autonomous and semi-autonomous technologies fx. e-bikes, autonomous cars etc.  In this research theme we also look into how technology is engaging, what affordances different technologies have and how they are part of an interactional setting.