School of Law, Gender and Media

Dr Matti Pohjonen

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Centre for AI Futures Founder Member School of Law, Gender and Media Research Associate


Dr Matti Pohjonen is a researcher and artist working at the intersection of digital anthropology, philosophy and data science. He currently works as a Senior Researcher at the Helsinki Institute for Social Science (HSSH), University of Helsinki, and is also a Research Associate at the School of Law, Gender and Media at SOAS. He has previously worked as a researcher for University of Oxford, the VOX-Pol network of excellence and was a Senior Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Global Digital Culture at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Matti has more than 15 years of experience in teaching, including being awarded the SOAS Directors Teaching Prize for Innovative Teaching in 2020.

Matti’s research interests revolve around developing critical and comparative research approaches and methodologies to understand digital cultures globally. This has included work on blogging cultures in India, using interactive radio and SMS for researching hard-to-reach populations in East Africa, comparative research on online extreme speech in Ethiopia, and work on the philosophical questions raised by Big Data and AI as new forms of knowledge production. His science-art projects explore the use of new generative AI models and synthetic media for research.