Associate Professor; Dean of Faculty
Ann-Sofie Axelsson is an Associate Professor in library and information science with focus on the digitalization of society, its possibilities and challenges. Axelsson has been working at University of Borås since 2013 when she took on the role as head of the Department of Library and Information Science/Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS).
Before that Axelsson was head of the Division of Technology and Society at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, where she defended her doctoral thesis in 2004, became Associate Professor in 2010 and was active as researcher and teacher within the area of technology management and economics. Since 2014 Ann-Sofie Axelsson has had the role as head of the Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education, and IT at University of Borås.
In her research Axelsson has a particular interest in how the use of digital technologies create social change on an individual-, organizational-, and societal level. Axelsson has, for example, conducted studies concerning how the use of digital tools has created new patterns of interaction among individuals, effected existing research infrastructures, changed the way public authorities communicate with the public and revolutionized the advertising sector.
Axelsson has also, in recent years, conducted teaching in close relationship to her research in courses on new media and social change, digitalization and globalization, the role of the engineer in society and sustainable society.
Framing Social Interaction in Shared Virtual Environments: The Influence of Technical and Social Factors
Since 2016 Member of the European iSchools (iSchools@Europe) Executive Committee/ Teaching and knowledge exchange
Since 2016 member of the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research reference group (http://www.genus.se/en/)
Since 2015 member of the Swe-Clarin steering group (https://sweclarin.se/eng)
Since 2013 Head of iSchool (Swedish School of Library and Information Science) (http://ischools.org/)