Dr Katrina Petersen

Research Associate

Research Overview

Katrina Petersen received her PhD in 2014 from University of California, San Diego in Communication and Science Studies. Her research explores the socio-technical work of engaging difference by examining how environmental values and disaster risks are bound to social and scientific interactions with technology. She focuses on the collaborative production of visual representations, data sets, and engineering ontologies that form the basis for sharing information between diverse and distributed actors. As participatory practices, like crowd-sourced mapping, are increasingly part of disaster response and environmental activism, understanding the creative work behind making and sharing the visually representations and data sets used to describe the environment and disasters and the implications of such practices is necessary in order to produce new ways of knowing risk that facilitate mutual respect, understanding, social change, or controversy. Understanding, for example, the complex practices involved in transforming two data sets of different resolutions and frequencies so they can be catalogued for database integration or become a line on a GIS map, supports more than just an awareness of difference but also actions necessary for care and contestation. I draw on science and technology studies, communication and media studies, visual studies, computer supported collaborative work, and critical geography.

In the course of her research, she has worked closely with the communities whose practices she is researching. This has included working as a volunteer disaster mapper and government liaison intern for the San Diego chapter of the American Red Cross. It has also involved collaborative design work with computer engineers, security experts, and disaster responders throughout Europe.

Digital urbanism in crises
Buscher, M., Kerasidou, C.X., Liegl, M., Petersen, K. 15/04/2016 In: Code and the City. London : Routledge p. 163-177. 15 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

ELSI guidelines for networked collaboration and information exchange in PPDR and risk governance
Buscher, M., Becklake, S.J., Easton, C.R., Kerasidou, C.X., Oliphant, R.S., Petersen, K.G., Jasmontaite, L., Paterour, O. 12/03/2016 In: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. ISCRAM 12 p. ISBN: 9788460879848.
Conference contribution

All together now: collective intelligence for computer-supported collective action
Valetto, G., Bucchiarone, A., Geihs, K., Buscher, M., Petersen, K.G., Nowak, A., Rychwalska, A., Pitt, J., Shalhoub, J., Rossi, F., Silingardi, P., Bernardeschi, P. 21/09/2015 In: 2015 IEEE 9th International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems Workshops. IEEE p. 13-18. 6 p.

Designing with users: co-design for innovation in emergency technologies
Petersen, K., Buscher, M., Kuhnert, M., Schneider, S., Pottebaum, J. 24/05/2015 In: The 12th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. ISCRAM
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Technology in disaster response and management: narratives of ethical, legal, and social issues
Petersen, K., Buscher, M. 24/05/2015
Other chapter contribution

Domain analysis: baseline and emergent future practices
Petersen, K.G. 2015 EU 7th Framework. 101 p.
Commissioned report

ELSI guidelines for collaborative design and database of representative emergency and disaster events in Europe
Petersen, K.G. 2015 EU 7th Framework. 85 p.
Commissioned report

Next generation, secure cloud-based pan-European information system for enhanced disaster awareness
Kuhnert, M., Wietfeld, C., Paterour, O., Georgiev, A., Petersen, K., B├╝scher, M., Pottebaum, J. 2015 In: Proceedings of The 12th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM Electronic ISBN: 9788271177881.
Conference contribution

Producing space, tracing authority: mapping the 2007 San Diego wildfires
Petersen, K.G. 06/2014 In: The Sociological Review. 62, Supplement S1, p. 91-113. 23 p.
Journal article

Overview of disaster events, crisis management models and stakeholders
Petersen, K.G. 2014 EU 7th Framework.
Commissioned report

Mapping disaster: tracing the 2007 San Diego Wildfires as distributed practice
Petersen, K.G. 2011 In: STS Encounters. 4, 2, p. 43-78. 36 p.
Journal article