Maria Uden
Maria Uden

Maria Uden

Luleå University of Technology
Industrial Design
Humans and Technology
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences
+46 (0)920 493023
A3518 Luleå

Maria Udén is a Professor in Gender and Technology and works at the unit for Industrial design. She graduated in 1988 with a MSc in Mineral Processing and Metallurgy. Her interdisciplinary doctoral thesis "Women technically speaking" was defended at Luleå University of Technology, the Department of Human Work Science, in 2000.

June 2018 - May 2020, Maria is one of four researchers in Gender Smart Arena, a collaboration with a group of companies and municipalities in Norrbotten and Västerbotten Counties on business model development. Gender Smart Arena clarifies how one both in thought and action can move from an existing business model to a gender-conscious model.

A new project 2020 is “Resource pool for entrepreneurship in the reindeer industry with associated industries: Quality in slaughter and cutting” or “Reindeer Resource” (Swedish: RenResurs).

Curriculum vitae and publications list

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Combining feminist knowledge and engineering science

The long-term work I started as a PhD student aims at, and explores the possibilites for, combining feminist thinking and engineering science. Some of my texts elaborating this topic are provided below.

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Photo Annelie Päiviö

Reindeer Resource

Resource pool for entrepreneurship in the reindeer industry with associated indsutries: Quality in slaughter and cutting runs from April 2020 to September 2022 and is financed by the EU Interreg Nord, the parties themselves and, Region Norrbotten provides the Swedish national co-financing .

Personnel supply is a bottleneck in reindeer slaughter and cutting, which in turn affects the development potential in local processing of food products, arts and crafts, catering, and more. There is a need for renewal and new business models. Innovative training for entrepreneurs and their staff has been identified as one of the prerequisites. The idea of ​​a staff resource pool was created in a previous project. This project will produce a course package for reindeer slaughter and cutting, for folks who want to qualify for joining a high-quality resource pool.

Sápmi Innovation AB and Lapin ammattikorkeakoulu Oy and Luleå University of Technology (coordinator) are participating in the project. The project leader is Maria Udén and the Chair of the steering group is Jörgen Normark.

The project is actively working to increase the proportion of small and medium-sized companies with cross-border business models in Sápmi.

Short description of my present position

After gaining my PhD in 2000, I have primarily worked as a researcher and teacher at the research subject Gender and Technology whih is part of the division of Human Work Science . Today my work entails project development and management, research, teaching and supervision of graduate students. Between 2011-2013 I was responsible for the Gender and Technology, as acting head of the unit.

I run three undergraduate Internet based courses: Innovation, Gender and Sustainable Development; Design, Gender and Aesthetics; Gender studies perspective on technology and the engineering sciences.

Supervisor for completed PhD theses: Rufai Haruna Kilu, Shifting gender dynamics in multinational Ghanaian mine jobs – narratives on organizational and sociocultural barriers, June 2017; Fredrik Sjögren, Technoscience, Gender and Value: A Study of the Doing of Gender and Technoscience in Four Swedish ICT-Research Organizations, February 2015; Samo Grasic, Development and Deployment of Delay Tolerant Networks: An Arctic Village Case, May 2014; John Näslund, Developing delay-tolerant networking applications for Arctic communities, September 2013.

Supervisor for Barbro Fransson's Licentiate thesis Business and governance models for DTN-based Internet access, 2011. Assistant supervisor for the PhD and Licentite theses by  Ann-Christin Nyberg, Malin Lindberg, Annika Olofsdotter-Bergström, Per Grundel.

Research funding and projects - a selection

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N4C: Technology development for cultural diversity. The components of the N4C project. Figure developed by Elwyn Davies, Folly Consulting

N4C and eLearning-DTN

N4C, Networking for Communications Challenged Communities: Architecture, Test Beds and Innovative Alliances was a project funded during 2008-2011 by EU's Seventh Framework programme, call ‘ICT-2-1.6 New paradigms and experimental facilities’. The project had twelve partners in eight countries. In N4C the team developed Delay- and Disruption-Tolerant Networking technology (DTN) towards practical usage. The work also included, among other things:

  • building DTN test beds in Slovenia and Sweden;
  • real-life DTN tests embedded in end-users everyday lives and businesses;
  • development and tests of prototypes for web caching, e-mail, hikers PDA Apps, meteorological and environmental data capturing and animal tracking.

In the follow-up project, eLearning-DTN, a learning material was developed, which is now available free of charge on the internet, about how to build a network using the DTN technology developed in the previous N4C project. The partners for this smaller project was a sub group from the N4C consortium. The project was funded by EU Lifelong Learning. LTU was lead partner for both these projects.

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Field test participants in Padjelanta 2006. Students, researchers, participants from the local commu
Field test participants in Padjelanta 2006. Students, staff and volunteers.

Sámi Network Connectivity (SNC), SAGA and CroCoPil

Sámi Network Connectivity, 2004-2006 and the follow-up SNC+1 were financed from Vinnova's program Future Communication Networks. SNC developed from a co-operation between an affirmative action for women in reindeer husbandry and the LTU Gender and Technology unit.The technical concept was originally developed by Avri Doria, Anders Lindgren and Elwyn Davies, based on the DTN standard published by Vint Cerf et al in 2002. The first DTN field tests with the reindeer husbandry community were carried out in 2006. The idea was furthered developed in N4C.

SAGA – Sámi Network Connectivity Gender Allocation, 2005-2007 was co-financed by EU Structural Fund Objective 1. The goal was to secure an active gender profile in SNC. In practice - as SNC was a high-tech project, this meant paying attention to women's participation.

CroCoPil: Cross-border Co operation Pilot Networks was about border regions' cooperation on the topic of Mobile Internet in sparsely populated areas. It was run 2005-2007 and was financed by EU Interreg Nordkalotten. The aim was to exchange experiences through co-ordinated pilot tests, and to develop IT-based product concepts tailored to the needs and conditions in the Arctic. Maria Udén participated in the project development and the project leader was Annika Sällström, CDT.

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Ms. Saara Innala, license fisher at Seskarö, and her son Oscar

Research related to the women's movement

Women and natural resources in the Arctic - During the first half of the 00's I was involved in two initiatives run by the Kvinneuniversitet Nord (Women's University North) in Steigen, Norway:

  • Women's participation in decision-making processes in Arctic fisheries resource
  • Women and natural resource management in the rural North

For the first part, the fisheries project I got Swedish funding and made a study of the coastal fisheries in Norrbotten. In the second part, I was involved mostly as a reference person. The two initiatives were integrated in the agenda of the Arctic Council's Sustainable Development Working Group.

Lyftet - The project Lyftet, a collaboration with Mälardalen University, was about innovation. It was based on experiences from women's businesses, networks, resource centers, associations, cooperatives and village development groups - in Norrbotten, Västerbotten, Västmanland and Södermanland.

New opportunities for women in reindeer husbandry (NMKR) was a collaboration with an affirmative action for women in Sirges Sami village (grazing community) in Norrbotten. The idea was to follow the local project's activities as independent researcher, and support with questions, analysis, documentation and ideas. One result of NMKR was that some of the women in Sirges got engaged in developing the technology projects SNC and N4C.


Chapter in book

There is no all-in-one solution (2020)

The challenges of inclusive and sustainable innovation processes
Nierling. L, Udén. M
Part of: Die neutrale Normativität der Technikfolgenabschätzung
Article in journal

Implementing feminist theory in engineering (2017)

obstacles within the gender studies tradition
Udén. M
European Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 42, nr. 3, s. 336-348
Article in journal

Reflections on Organizational Barriers Vis-à-Vis Women Participation in Largescale Ghanaian Mines (2017)

Kilu. R, Andersson. E, Sanda. M, Uden. M
International Journal of Business and Social Science