Mette Furbo

Senior Research Associate


I work as a Senior Research Associate in the DEMAND Centre at Lancaster University, and together with Prof Gordon Walker, I am researching the governance of energy demand (since Nov. 2015).

Project description

The role of the electricity meter has been re-invigorated by the wider digitalisation of data systems and infrastructures, for example, some meters will now transmit data every half-hour or on a second-by-second basis and can be flexibly positioned to record energy flows following various logics, not just for billing customers.

In the domestic space, the new meter has become know as a 'smart' meter, while in the non-domestic world of businesses and public sector organisations, the 'advanced' meters have been 'smart' for some time. These types of electricity meters are now becoming increasingly significant and integral to visions of low carbon energy futures.

Yet, in what ways do these meter data infrastructures and practices generate the possibilities for the governance of energy demand? In this research, we are particularly interested in the work of sub-metering within large businesses and organisations as well as with metering associated with demand side response (DSR) contracts. We are interested in how metering and data infrastructures are integral to new expectations about how demand will be governed and made flexible, and how electricity flows are being re-monetised through their mobilisation as data.

PhD research

In my doctoral research in sociology (Lancaster University, 2011-2015), I studied data practices in consumer genomics. The thesis title is: 'Doing Susceptibilities: Data Practices in Consumer Genomics'. The research was supported by Intel Labs as part of the "Biosensors in Everyday life" program, led by Dr Dawn Nafus. My supervisors were Prof Adrian Mackenzie and Prof Maggie Mort.

Electricity as (big) data: metering, spatiotemporal granularity and value
Kragh-Furbo, M., Walker, G.P. 1/06/2018 In: Big Data and Society. 5, 1, p. 1-12. 12 p.
Journal article

Biosensing networks: sense making in consumer genomics and ovulation tracking
Kragh-Furbo, M., Wilkinson, J., Mort, M.M.E., Roberts, C.M., MacKenzie, A.B. 18/10/2017 In: Quantified Lives and Vital Data. Palgrave p. 47-69. 23 p. ISBN: 9781349952342. Electronic ISBN: 9781349952359.

Spitting images: remaking saliva as a promissory substance
Kragh-Furbo, M., Tutton, R. 06/2017 In: New Genetics and Society. 36, 2, p. 159-185. 27 p.
Journal article

Biosensing: how citizens’ views illuminate emerging health and social risks
Mort, M.M.E., Roberts, C.M., Furbo, M.K., Wilkinson, J., MacKenzie, A.B. 03/2016 In: Health, Risk and Society. 17, 7-8, p. 605-623. 19 p.
Journal article

Do biosensors biomedicalize?: sites of negotiation in DNA based biosensing data practices
Kragh-Furbo, M., MacKenzie, A.B., Mort, M.M.E., Roberts, C.M. 2016 In: Quantified. Cambridge, Mass : MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. p. 5-26. 22 p. ISBN: 9780262034173, 9780262528757. Electronic ISBN: 9780262334532.