- DOCTORAL STUDENT
Alicia Smedberg is a PhD candidate in Participatory Design. Her research departs form the tension that democracy as a practice is relational and requires a conscious distribution of agency towards marginalized voices, despite resting on a foundation of distributed agency which does not recognize hierarchies. This means that a vocalization of political relations, and a channelling of action is required in any democratic process. This is particularly relevant in a context of public sector work where the question of democracy and inclusion is imperative.
Within her PhD project Alicia investigates how democratic rooms in the public can be created through the acts of articulation and co-creation in three case studies where public sector workers collaborate with citizen groups.