|Göteborgs universitets publikationer
Ways of measuring and interpreting the air quality - facts, figures, and illustrations
Författare och institution:
Petra Adolfsson (Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI))
Presented at the workshop "Epistemic cultures and the practice of interdisciplinarity", June 11-12 2001, Trondheim, Norway,
Different qualitative methods have been used to reveal the process of how the physical environment is interpreted on the city arena. The city in focus is Stockholm. The study includes analyses of the actions taken by professionals, who generate numbers and words describing the environment, that is knowledge about their environment. The study also includes analyses of other actors who in their actions and argumentations are using this created knowledge. When describing the process the concept of boundary objects is used. The importance of having interest in both humans and non-humans in the search of organising phenomena is obvious in the case of interpreting the air quality in Stockholm. The instruments play a crucial part in the organising of monitoring and interpreting the air quality. By calculating and doing illustrations of measured data the creation of boundary objects, i.e. representations of the air, is possible. Reports to the municipality and to customers elsewhere are created and spread. In this paper I demonstrate how these reports can be used and be part of other action taken in the city. This study is a part of the research program Managing Big Cities at GRI, Goteborg University. The focus of the program is to reveal the processes of organising the city.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):