Dr Sabrina Sauer
Sabrina Sauer is an assistant professor of media and information studies at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She completed her dissertation, User innovativeness in Living Laboratories – Everyday user improvisations with ICTs as a source of innovation, at the University of Twente (2013). Her research focuses on the role of end users of (media) technologies in developing new, sustainable ICT innovations and the dynamics that are involved in top-down and bottom-up innovation processes. Interrogating methods that are deemed user-centered (such as Living Labs and crowdsourcing initiatives), she investigates how technology users, in their daily life contexts, can be seen to improvise with media technologies. This leads to insights into how practices of users can lead to unexpected, innovative products and services.