Kari Rönkkö

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Starting from an understanding what a method is and could be, together with usability-related questions, my research expanded over the years to also include user experience, participatory design, ethnographically informed ethnomethodology, action research, cooperative method development, organisational issues influencing human-centered design efforts, design of ICT school solution for developing countries, effects from social media and wearables in work life, as well as pedagogy in higher education. Lately, I have delved into what artificial intelligence (AI) means and could mean for a human.

My main research interest is to understand the limitations and strengths of the human when confronted with digital artifacts and AI - to challenge conventional practices and pieces of knowledge and seek creative design alternatives.

I am one of the initiators and research leader of the research environment Design A* Research Collaboration – DARC at Kristianstad University.

We have recently changed portal where we present our researchers at HKR. Unfortunately, much of my educational and research results have not been automatically transferred to this portal's presentation. Most of my publications, projects, supervision and various index measures, etc... Both the teaching index and the research results below are thus misleading. I have teaching experience at both basic and advanced level in the areas of computer science, software engineering, work science, technology and social change, as well as informatics with specialization design.If you're interested in learning more about my publications, I recommend visiting Google Scholar https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=McBgI1YAAAAJ&hl=en ; If you want to know more about my teaching and research, you are most welcome to contact me.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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