TU Wien Informatics


Janis Lena Meißner is a post-doc researcher at the HCI research group of TU Wien. She obtained her PhD in Digital Civics at Open Lab (Newcastle University) and holds a BSc and MSc in Media Informatics (TU Wien). She previously worked in the IT-department of an Austrian governmental institution as well as in consulting services for a software company. She is a co-founding member of fempower.tech, a group of intersectional feminists who raise awareness of feminist issues in HCI.

Janis's research interests are in productive creative practices of non-expert technology users and their ways of meaning-making with digital tools. Her work is committed to addressing social issues with the design and use of technologies - that is, to raising critical questions of social justice in design and empowerment of technology users. She has a particular interest in experimenting with participatory and creative research methods and how co-design can be used as a means to establish healthy give-and-take-relationships between researcher and researched.

In her research she has engaged with:

  • urban knitters, their use of social media and the 'Tools for Wools' prototype
  • the DIY-Making practices of makers-in-the-making: people with disabilities using 3D-printers for 'empowering hacks'; charity workers and service users creating the Partnership Quilt; organisers and users of a Men Shed combining tradtitional skills with new digital technologies
  • potentials for telemonitoring in the treatment of chronic heart failure
  • the hidden technological labour of workers in female dominated occupations (i.e. retail employees and mobile care workers)


Note: Due to the rollout of TU Wien’s new publication database, the list below may be slightly outdated. Once APIs for the new database have been released, everything will be up to date again.