Mari Karhu
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Mari Karhu researches the use of collaborative media as a part of societal crises.

Climate crisis and COVID-19 are drastic examples of widespread crises that involve a tangle of intertwined problems, require rapid action and solutions, emphasize a need for collaborative working models, and create circumstances where collaborative media is becoming an increasingly important platform for large-scale human collaboration. Still, the research in collaborative media technologies and cultures is fragmentary, and the use of collaborative media as a part of societal crises a relatively recent development whose parts we are still analyzing.

The novelty of Karhu's PhD research is in its objective to provide a user-centered and holistic view to the use of collaborative media as a part of versatile societal crises settings. The results shed light on the variety of collaborative media use cases, increase understanding about how to motivate, organize and maintain collaborative activities, help to seize the opportunities, and tackle the constraints of the collaborative media platforms as well as to understand the unique features of collaborative media in the complex media sphere.

Karhu’s research is strongly related to the development of future technology, as the use of collaborative media technologies will increase, for example, due to remote cultures that are getting more common. Therefore, an in-depth understanding of what kind of technological and cultural phenomenon collaborative media is, is required.

Karhu received a salaried researcher position from the thematic doctoral programme 'Arctic in a Changing World' at the University of Lapland in 2022. In addition, her research has been funded by a one-year A.E. Nordenskiöld grant provided by Finnish Cultural Foundation, Lapland Regional Fund in 2015. 

Aside with her PhD studies, Karhu has worked for years in the field of communications. She is on a work leave from her position as a senior communication strategist at Miltton Ltd.

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