Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Contact Details

Dr Emma-Reetta Koivunen

Research Fellow

I am a research fellow at CIRCLE, working as project manager in ‘AKTIVE’ project studying telecare use in households.

I completed my PhD in Manchester Metropolitan University and before that my Master of Social Studies in Social Anthropology in University of Helsinki, Finland.

I also have research experience from working in private sector on health and wellbeing and housing consultancies, and working in a research project studying internet use and e-commerce in rural Finland (in University of Tampere, Finland).

Research Interests

My research interests include social studies of technology; technology use in everyday life (e.g. telecare, internet use); domestication of technology; tourism anthropology and anthropology of Shetland Islands


I am not teaching at the moment, but I have previous experience of teaching undergraduate students in Manchester Metropolitan University in Media and Communications topics.

Key Publications

Koivunen, E-R. (2012): ‘Tourism and everyday life reality on Shetland Islands.’ In: J. Matthews and D. Travers (eds.): Islands and Britishness: A Global Perspective. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Koivunen, E-R. (2011): ‘Creating your own Shetland: Tourist narratives from travelogues to blogs.’ In: R. Sharpley and P. Stone (eds.): Tourist Experiences: Contemporary Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Hynes, D. Tiainen, T. Koivunen, E-R. and Paakki, M-K (2008): Articulating ICT Use Narratives in Everyday Life, in C. Van Slyke (ed.):  Information Communication Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications Vol.4. London: Information Science Reference.

Tiainen, T. and Koivunen, E-R. (2006): Exploring Forms of Triangulation to Facilitate Collaborative Research Practice: Reflection from a Multidisciplinary Research. Journal of Research Practice, volume 2, issue 2.

Hynes, D., Tiainen T. and Koivunen E-R. (2006): Narratives of ICT use. In: E. Trauth (ed.), Encyclopedia of Gender and Information Technology. Ideas Publishing Group.

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