I am interested in the sociology of economic science as framed by perspectives rooted in the interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Studies. In particular, my research interests are concerned with how economics and politics are co-produced when economics are applied in specific political areas. This goes for valuation tools and practices, which raises questions about the influence of the tools and practices on the object of valuation. For instance; what difference does it make that the measure is monetary when we value things that normally aren’t ascribed economic value? How do valuation practices shape perceptions of worth? Finally, I am also interested in quantification connected to objectivity and authority.
In early autumn 2011, I defended my thesis To calculate the good society. Cost-benefit analysis and the border between expertise and policy in the transport sector (original title in Swedish). The thesis aimed to investigate the mutual shaping between CBA as a method of valuation and transport policy, in Sweden. It draws theoretically on the work of STS scholars, especially Sheila Jasanoff, Thomas F. Gieryn and Theodore M. Porter.
I hold a MA in Sociology from Örebro University (2005).
At present I participate in several projects, involving research concerning the organization of health care as well as the integration climate objectives in local planning processes. I spend some of my working hours at the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute.
Thoresson, Karin (2011) To calculate the good society. Cost-benefit analysis and the border between expertise and policy in the transport sector (original title in Swedish). Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för TEMA, Linköping.
Thoresson, Karin (2012) ”Mångfaldig styrning – en teoriöversikt” s. 75-97 i Krohwinkel Karlsson, Anna & Winberg, Hans (red.) På väg mot en värdefull styrning. Ersättningssystem för en sammanhållen vård och omsorg om äldre. Rapport. Stiftelsen Leading Health Care, Stockholm.
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Department of Thematic Studies -
Technology and Social Change
SE-581 83 Linköping
Technology and Social Change is an interdisciplinary research unit focusing on how social actors create and use technology, and how technical change is woven together with cultural patterns, daily life, politics, energy systems, learning, and the economy in history and society.
The objective for TEMA - The Department of Thematic Studies is to pursue excellent research and education at undergraduate and advanced levels relevant to society. Tema aims to provide a major impetus in career development for both future researchers and those who have just entered the field of research
Last updated: 2012-04-10