About Ph.D candidate Anna Schjøtt Hansen

Anna Schjøtt Hansen is a PhD Candidate at the Media Studies department at the University of Amsterdam. Anna has a background as a technological anthropologist and during her master’s degree in Denmark she became interested in the use and design of AI in the media sector – and particularly how qualitative decisions around AI are made during the processes of designing AI systems for media and the implications of these decisions.

In her current PhD research, she is interested in the on-the-ground political dynamics that emerge from how AI is represented, developed, and used in the media context. She explores these questions via different ethnographic projects, and have, among other, conducted fieldwork in the Media Museum in Amsterdam that uses AI in its exhibition and during the JournalismAI Academy for Small Newsrooms – a training programme for small newsrooms around the world on how to implement AI.

Before joining the University of Amsterdam and the AI, Media and Democracy Lab, Anna completed her master’s degree in Techno-Anthropology at Aalborg University in Copenhagen and worked as a research assistant in the DataPublics project at Roskilde university. During her time in the project, she conducted ethnographic fieldwork in a large regional Danish news organisation and online and physical fieldwork amongst Covid-19 sceptics with the aim of studying the datafied dynamics of public formation. Previous to this Anna also studied journalism and worked as a press consultant in Denmark.