Heidi Hartikainen

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the INTERACT research unit at the faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. I am interested in the themes of safety and privacy in the social web, and on empowerment and activism through technology design and making.

In my PhD research (2017), I studied how children approach online safety and how it is mediated in schools and families. In 2020 I completed a 14-month research visit to University of Central Florida, where I participated in projects concerning adolescent online safety and puplished research for example concerning adolescent online sexual risk, and the online peer support they receive concerning it.

After my PhD I have also acquired extensive experience in design and making projects with children and adults at Oulu University, working as a researcher in projects such as DeMaKids, Make-A-Difference, Make4Change, and COMnPLAYScience. I am a graduate of Fab Academy (2018), an intensive five-month program that teaches students to envision, design and prototype projects using digital fabrication tools and machines.

Research interests

  • Online safety
  • Social media
  • Privacy
  • Maker movement
  • Digital fabrication
  • Digital activism

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INTERACT Research Unit
PO Box 8000
FI-90014 University of Oulu

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