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OSKAR REXFELT, PhD
Oskar Rexfelt is currently associate Professor at Chalmers University of Technology and a part of the division Design & Human Factors. His research concerns the relation between humans and technology, more precisely on the relation between users and technical solutions. The focus has been on developing, applying and evaluating methods and processes that improve the understanding of this relation, in order to elicit data that are helpful during development work. When developing a product/service, such data would typically include the users’ needs and requirements, as well as the users’ thoughts on concepts or prototypes that are under development. Within this field of user-centered design, Oskar is specialized in user acceptance of more complex solutions, e.g. services & PSS (Product Service Systems).
ANNELI SELVEFORS, PhD
Anneli Selvefors explores design opportunities for enabling more people to live a sustainable everyday life. Part of her research addresses how products, services and systems can be designed to enable and mediate less resource-intensive everyday activities. Her research also addresses sustainable consumption in a wider sense and opportunities for transitioning to a circular economy. She specifically explores how product circularity can be tackled from a use(-r) perspective and what challenges and opportunities circularity entails for design.
HELENA STRÖMBERG, PhD
Helena Strömberg studies the role that design of products and services can play for creating the preconditions for sustainable everyday activities. She applies user-centred design methodology to explore which new demands emerge when products and services should enable new sustainable ways of solving people’s everyday needs, function as a part of sharing schemes or product service systems, or support more resource efficient interaction patterns. The goal is to find ways of facilitating adoption of sustainable innovations and activities. The central application area is sustainable mobility.
SARA RENSTRÖM, PhD student
In her PhD project, Sara Renström investigates how we use heating and warm water in order to identify opportunities for design concepts that encourage efficient use of energy in general and of district heating in particular. The project is performed in collaboration with Göteborg Energi. Sara Renström is interested in the interplay between humans and the products we use in our everyday lives and especially how the characteristics of the interplay influence the environmental impact of product use – an emerging research area sometimes referred to as Design for Sustainable Behaviour.