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Jessamy Perriam The Open University, UK

Jessamy Perriam is Assistant Professor in the Technologies in Practice research group and the Centre for Digital Welfare at the IT University of Copenhagen. She was previously Lecturer in Sociology at The Open University. Her research is situated within Science and Technology Studies and Sociology, and focuses on public sector digital transformation, failure, cybersecurity and public demonstrations of expertise.

Jessamy is currently part of an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council-funded interdisciplinary group of social science and engineering researchers investigating the emergence and role of shadow infrastructures in society in light of pandemics and other global events.

Jessamy received her PhD in Sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2018 with a thesis titled Theatres of Failure: digital demonstrations of disruption in everyday life. She has also written about digital methods in a post-API environment for the International Journal of Social Research Methodology.

Prior to working in academia full time, Jessamy worked as a digital transformation practitioner in the UK public sector, conducting qualitative research for government departments and other public sector organisations.

Jessamy currently teaches Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and ethnography at an undergraduate level, and Science and Technology Studies and research methods at a graduate level. She is interested in innovative forms of teaching, including online distance education and using live radio as an alternative to in person lectures.