Alina Gales, M.Sc.


Alina Gales is a PhD Candidate in the area of Gender Studies in Engineering and Science, where she researches the mutual influence of digital technology and society on women. She is interested in understanding the ways digital technology alters the power dynamics that traditionally exist in hierarchical societal structures. How are digital technologies shaping a society and the individuals positioning themselves within that society? With digital technology disrupting the labor market, our society is faced with new challenges. Alina Gales wants to understand how people – especially women – can influence their status in society and eventually their power rank by embracing digital technologies in the future.

Short Bio

01/2019 – 05/2019 Visiting Researcher at University of California Berkeley, USA
Since 12/2016 External PhD Candidate at Technical University of Munich, Germany
09/2014 – 10/2015

M.Sc. Communication Science | University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

07/2012 – 01/2013

Semester abroad Communications and New Media | National University of Singapore, Singapore

09/2010 – 06/2013               B.A. Media and Communication Science (Minor: Political Science + Philosophy) | University of Mannheim, Germany



Peer-reviewed publications and conference proceedings

Gales, A., & Hubner, S. V. (2020). Perceptions of the self versus one’s own social group: (Mis)conceptions of older women’s interest in and competence with technology. Frontiers in Psychology, 11(848), 1–15. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00848

Gales, A., & Loos, E. (2020). The impact of the relationship and family status in retirement age on women’s incorporation of technical devices in their everyday life. In J. Zhou & Q. Gao (Eds.), Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, Technology and Society, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference, ITAP 2020, held as part of the 22nd HCI International Conference (pp. 207–225). Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-50232-4_15

Conference presentations

Gales, A. (2019, July). Technology is power. An argumentation for technology as a new intersectional category and as a representation of power. Paper presented at the Oxford Women's Leadership Symposium, Oxford, England.

Scholarships and awards 

PhD Scholarship from Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation