Authors of the present issue


N. 36 - Special Issue on

Citizen, Territory and Technologies: Smart Learning Contexts and Practices


Table of contents 




Anette Bengs

is project researcher at Experience Lab by MediaCity at the Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Vaasa, Finland. She is currently also a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology at the same faculty.  Her research interests include design and UX of digital solutions facilitating wellbeing across the human life span.




Laura Boffi

is an interaction & service designer and design researcher. Her research focuses on how people make sense of the context they inhabit, appropriating the objects and technology they are surrounded by. She masters the People Centred Design process in a sensitive way. She gathers insights from real people and envisions innovative concepts which co-creates and prototypes iteratively with users and stakeholders. She holds a BA in industrial design from the Polytechnic of Turin, an MA in Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven and an IDP diploma in interaction & service design from the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.




Klaudia Carcani

is a research at the Østfolod University College. The focus of her research is on the design of IT systems in various contexts through participative design methods. The interest in participatory design initiated during her studies at Linnæus University, Sweden. She was involved in a participatory design research project dedicated to the understanding of social media use by seniors citizens and envision together with seniors future solutions. The experience in the industry involved Klaudia in several projects on the design and development of customised IT solution, e.g. B2B and mobile ICT service at T-Mobile Albania; logistic systems and customer care systems at AT Consulting; and geographical information systems and project management systems at NATO HQ, Brussels. She continuously worked close to the end users of those systems and explored the use of different participatory methods to involve the users in the design process. Klaudia has also been engaged in exploring how to apply Research through Design (RtD) in novel contexts with a narrow focus in technology use in dance performance. This was due to an EU funded project, People Smart Sculpture(PS2) and resulted in a Springer publication. She has been part of the organising board of IRIS40/SCIS8 2017 Conferences in Halden Norway. Klaudia is currently working on completing her PhD at the University of Oslo and Østfold University College (HiØ) . Her PhD research interest is in the design of healthcare technologies with a focus on the rehabilitation process of patients facing acquired brain injuries. This research project is a joint research initiative with Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital. At HiØ she is part of Interaction Design Research Group. The research group interst are in the fields of Interaction Design (IxD), Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Participatory Design (PD) with a number of projects in place.  




Myriam Durocher

is a doctoral candidate in Communication at Université de Montréal (UdeM). Her current research interests are situated at the intersection of media, critical food and cultural studies. More specifically, she is concerned by the power/knowledge relations that currently cross the production and circulation of knowledge about food, nutrition and “healthy” eating habits in the context of a society characterised by an increasing media presence. Her thesis project aims to observe the development of a biomedicalized food culture and the body(ies) and normativities it participates in creating. She is also a research assistant for the international research group Ageing+Communication+Technologies (ACT) based in Concordia. Her research work within the group critically investigates issues and injunctions related to “successful ageing” and “active ageing” normativities. 



Maude Gauthier

is a researcher affiliated to Ageing Communication Technologies and based in Montreal, Canada. She collaborated on various projects that examined the mediated experiences of adults in later life and that have both scholarly and community outcomes. Her research interests also include queer and feminist studies, as well as media, technology and mobility studies more generally. She received her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Université de Montréal (Canada). 




Mahshid Ghorbanian

is an Urban Designer and Planner with more than 12 years of professional and international experience. She currently works as an assistant professor of urban design and planning at Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran. She received her PhD degree in geography and urban planning from Tabriz University, Tabriz, Iran, in 2013. She is the author or coauthor of more than 18 scholarly articles and monographs, and author or editor of 5 books, including 'City Center: From Theory to Urban Design Guidelines' (2014), 'Urban Districts in Iran' (2006), and 'Urban Climatology' (2005). Her research interests include urban morphology, Transportation Modeling and urban design techniques.



Susanne Hägglund

is Research Architect at Experience Lab by MediaCity, Åbo Akademi University in Vaasa, Finland. She has a long working experience within the field of usability testing and user experience research. She has led several national research projects within design research, as well as customer R&D projects. Being a sociologist, she is an advocate of a human-centered approach and is a proponent of state-of-the-art, yet validated and reliable research methods. She has developed an expertise in the field of interaction between digital content and the human being in the social context. Her academic work relates to the understanding and designing of meaningful meetings between human beings and media technology, in industry as well as in academia. 




Fares Kayali

is a researcher, educator and designer living and working in Vienna, Austria. He works as an assistant professor at the Human-Computer Interaction Group at TU Wien. There he is co-founder of the Positive Impact Games Lab and principal investigator of a number of projects situated at the intersection of design, people and technology. Fares holds a habilitation in didactics from the University of Applied Arts Vienna and also lectures there regularly. His research interests are situated in informatics, didactics, arts and HCI with a broad spectrum covering teacher education and digital learning, health care technology, game design and gamification, as well as music computing and interactive art.



Naemi Luckner 

is a research assistant and PhD student at TU Wien. At the Human Computer Interaction group, her research focus is on game design, electronically enhanced learning and technology for older adults. She has contributed work to various projects in these fields, such as ‘Aurora’, a technology enhanced learning project; ‘Give&Take’, a project about skill and knowledge exchange; or 'Mirror' a project to support engagement in physiotherapeutic exercises. Naemi Luckner is also a game designer and has worked with the independent game studio All Civilized Planets.



Christina Mörtberg 

is professor emerita at the Linnæus University. Her research focus is on different aspects of design and use of IT systems and services. With a dual competence in informatics and in gender studies, she has integrated feminist technoscience and gender issues in research of interactive artefacts and service. She has also been the principal investigator in various research projects in Sweden and in Norway, e.g. an EU project on Gender Mainstreaming. 1999-2003, the Nordic, Baltic, NW Russian research network Information Technology, Transnational Democracy and Gender Mobile services for whom and for what? All projects resulted in numerous publications in international journals and conferences. Social care and services and care technologies or smart home technologies have been in focus, e.g. in the research project Autonomy and Automation in an Information Society for all. Mörtberg participated with Pirjo Elovaara in the research project From government to e-government: gender, skills, learning and technology and the public sectors transformation processes aiming towards the creation of e-societies. A participative method was developed in the project. The project has resulted in publications in international journals and anthologies. Sustainability is also a topic in Mörtberg’s research in which the focus has not only been on ecological and economic issues but also on social and cultural aspects of sustainability. The use of feminist technoscience is an originality and contribution to the research fields IS/IT and HCI. Mörtberg has also been involved in the Health Information Systems Program (HISP) as a supervisor of PhD students at the University of Oslo. She is also the Swedish representative in the International Federation for Information Processing's (IFIP) TC 9 ICT and Society and a member of IFIP Domain Committee on Internet of Things.




Peter Purgathofer

is Associate Professor at TU Wien. His work is centred on the question of reconcilability between design and software engineering in the software development process. He follows interdisciplinary research approaches from informatics, art, design and the social sciences. He is currently head of the Human-Computer Interaction group, and principal researcher in many projects focused on the application of insights from design research and design theory on technology development.




Amir Shakibamanesh 

is an Urban Designer with more than 12 years of professional and international experience. He currently works as an assistant professor of urban design and also dean of Farabi International Campus at the University of Art, Tehran, Iran. He received his PhD (Urban Design) from Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2013. He is the author and co-author of over 25 scholarly articles and monographs, and author or editor of 7 books, including 'City Center; From Theory to Urban Design Guidelines' (2014), 'Urban Design with Passive Defense Consideration' (2011); 'Urban Districts in Iran' (2006); 'Fundamental and Principles in Urban Climatology' (2006) and 'Principles of Color Design in Architecture and Urban Design' (2005). His research interests have been focused on Urban Visualization, Modeling and simulation.



Annika Wiklund-Engblom

is currently a postdoc fellow at the Department of Applied Educational Science, Umeå University, researching interactive media and learning. She obtained an MA in developmental psychology from Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU), an IT-pedagogue degree from Kalmar University, and EdD in educational psychology focusing on design for digital learning (ÅAU). She was Research Coordinator at MediaCity, ÅAU, Vasa 2008-2016 and has been involved in MediaCity's user experience laboratory since 2003 focusing on digital design research methods and processes.