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I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Computer Science, NTNU. From January to June 2018 I am also a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oulu, INTERACT Research Unit.

I hold a PhD in Computer Science from NTNU. My PhD thesis was titled: "Integration by Infrastructuring: The Case of Subsea Environmental Monitoring in Oil and Gas Offshore Operations". In 2014, I have been a visiting researcher at the University of Edinburgh and the IT University in Copenhagen. 

My primary research interest is the study of the empirical challenges of implementing and maintaining ICT-based platforms and information infrastructures from a sociotechnical perspective. I am also particularly interested in the methodological stakes when studying distributed and long-term arrangements like infrastructures and platforms. Methodologically, I adopt an ethnographic approach based on an interpretive perspective. 

Theoretically, I am particularly concerned with issues of system integration and standardization. I draw primarily on IS and CSCW theories, but my work is also influenced by Science and Technology Studies (STS). 

I am in the management team of the project InfraData ("Infrastructuring Internet of Things for Public Governance"), in cooperation with the University of Oslo, funded by the IKTPLUSS program of the Norwegian Research Concil (2017-2018). 

Empirically, my focus is on three different domains:

  • digitalization of work processes in the oil and gas world, primarliy subsea environmental monitoring during well operations, resource exploration, and operations. This work is carried out as part of the Sirius center for research-based innovation (2016-2023) and the Digital Oil project (2012-2016). During my PhD (2012-2014) I was part of the Center for Integrated Operations in the Oil and Gas Industry.
  • long-term ecological research, as part of the projects InfraData and MULTICS (in cooperation with the University of Oulu).
  • digitalization of drug development and distrubution in the EU, in particular related to the fight against medicine counterfeiting in the pharmaceutical supply chain, in cooperation with the D3 project led by the London School of Economics, ended in 2017.

I sit in the Advisor Board of the Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems (SJIS) since 2017. I am the representative of Norway in the board of the IRIS Association since 2017.


Vitenskapelig, faglig og kunstnerisk arbeid

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  • Parmiggiani, Elena. (2017) This is not a fish: on the scale and politics of infrastructure design studies. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). vol. 26 (1-2).
  • Parmiggiani, Elena; Hibberd, Ralph; Venters, Will. (2017) Politics of repair in medicines supply networks: Harnessing fear of falsification. IFIP WG8.6 working conference: "Re-Imagining Diffusion of Information Technology and Systems: Opportunities and Risks" . IFIP 8.6 WG; Guimaraes. 2017-06-05 - 2017-06-05.
  • Parmiggiani, Elena; Monteiro, Eric; Østerlie, Thomas. (2017) Synthetic Situations and Algorithmic Phenomena. 4S Conference . Society of Social Studies of Science; Boston. 2017-08-30 - 2017-09-02.
  • Østerlie, Thomas; Parmiggiani, Elena; Monteiro, Eric. (2017) Information infrastructure in the face of irreducible uncertainty. 5th Innovation in Information Infrastructure (III) Worksop . LUISS; Rome. 2017-11-07.





  • Parmiggiani, Elena; Hepsø, Vidar. (2013) Mobilizing Heterogeneous forces in the modeling of data: from perplexity to institutionalism. The First Nordic STS Conference . NTNU KULT; Værnes. 2013-04-24 - 2013-04-26.
  • Parmiggiani, Elena; Hepsø, Vidar. (2013) Pragmatic Information Management For Environmental Monitoring In Oil And Gas. European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2013) Proceedings.
  • Parmiggiani, Elena; Hjelle, Torstein Elias L.. (2013) Data Performativity in Oil and Gas Operations. 4S . Society of Social Studies of Science; San Diego. 2013-10-09 - 2013-10-12.
  • Parmiggiani, Elena; Mikalsen, Marius. (2013) The Facets of Sociomateriality: A Systematic Mapping of Emerging Concepts and Definitions. Nordic Contributions in IS Research : 4th Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems, SCIS 2013, Oslo, Norway, August 11-14, 2013. Proceedings.
  • Parmiggiani, Elena; Monteiro, Eric. (2013) Digital Coral Reefs. DigitalSTS 2013 ; San Diego. 2013-10-07 - 2013-10-08.


  • Parmiggiani, Elena. (2012) Supporting environmental monitoring in Integrated Operations: a preliminary study. The 35th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS 2012) ; Sigtuna. 2012-08-17 - 2013-08-20.