Netta Iivari is a Professor in Information Systems and research unit leader of INTERACT research unit in University of Oulu. She has background in Cultural Anthropology as well as in Information Systems and Human Computer Interaction. She gained her Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology 2001 and in Information Processing Science 2003. She received her doctoral degree in Information Systems in 2006. Her long lasting research interest concerns understanding and strengthening people's participation in shaping and making their digital futures. Her research has addressed packaged and open source software development contexts as well as empowering children through design and making. Her research is strongly influenced by interpretive and critical research traditions. She has a specific interest in the development and utilization of culture and discourse oriented lenses as well as in the examination and support of transdisciplinary research and design.