Erik Grönvall

Erik is Associate Professor at the Digital Design department, ITU and a founding member of the Co-Design research group. Erik is also Head of the Co-design group since 2021. Erik’s research is situated within the HCI and CSCW research domains, is often Participatory Design/Co-design driven and may contain electrical or otherwise interactive prototypes that Erik design and build.

Erik researches the role technology has in everyday life, the notion of participation, how people appropriate technology and how technology can be designed to better align with the capabilities and needs of diverse users and/or organizations. Erik has worked with for example Participatory Design in weak, ill peoples’ homes, PD as a tool for organizational change, Service Design, Care networks, Tele-care and homecare. Erik also engages in technology explorations from an Interaction Design perspective to explore how humans react and relate to (now) technology.

Erik has managed several national and international projects (incl. partners from both academia and industry).

Erik currently teach Co-Design and Physical Computing at ITU where he previously also taught courses in for example Service Design and Python Programming.


Selected publications

Grönvall E., Lundberg, S. (2022). Exploring participatory pre-project processes: Making research work in municipality organizations. In the proceedings of OzCHI 2022: the 34th Annual Conference of the Australian Computer-Human Interaction Special Group, Canberra, Australia. 29 Nov – 2 Dec, 2022.

Vesterberg Christensen, C., Ehrenberg, N., Christiansson, J., Grönvall, E., Keinonen, T., Saad-Sulonen, J. (2022) The Complexities of Volunteering in IT Helpdesks – a Case Study from Two Nordic Countries. In the proceedings of NordiCHI 2022: the 12th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. Aarhus, Denmark, 10-12 Oct, 2022.

Abou Amsha, K., Bossen, C., Grönvall, E., Lewkowicz, M. (2021). Computer-Supported Knotworking: Design Guidelines Based on Two Case Studies from the Healthcare Domain in Europe. In the proceedings of CSCW 2021: the 24th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, 12 – 27 October, 2021.

Seidelin, C., Dittrich, Y., Grönvall, E. (2020). Foregrounding Data – An Exploration of how Data can Become an Object of Design. In International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Volume 143, Elsevier.

Shklovski, I., Grönvall, E. (2020). CreepyLeaks: Participatory Speculation Through Demos In the proceedings of NordiCHI 2020: the 11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Online/Tallinn, Estonia, October 25 – 29, 2020.

Christiansson, J., Grönvall, E., Yndigegn, L. S. (2018).
Teaching PD using Live Projects – Experiences from Four Years of Hard Work.
Accepted to PDC 2018: the Participatory Design conference 2018, ACM, Hasselt, Belgium, August 2018.

Seidelin, C., Grönvall, E., Dittrich, Y. (2018).
Data Work in a Knowledge-Broker Organization: How Cross-Organizational Data Maintenance shapes Human Data Interactions.
Accepted to BHCI 2018: the British HCI Conference 2018, ACM, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2-6 July 2018.

Dressen, K., Huybrechts, L., Grönvall, E., Hendriks, N. (2017)
Infrastructuring Multicultural Healthcare Information Systems.
In A. M. Kanstrup, A. Bygholm, P. Bertelsen & C. Nøhr, Participatory Design and Health Information Technology, IOS Press, 2017.

Grönvall, E., Malmborg, L., Messeter, J. (2016).
Negotiation of Values as Driver in Community-based PD.
In the proceedings of PDC 2016: the Participatory Design conference 2016, ACM, Aarhus, Denmark, August 2016.

Grönvall, Erik, Jonas Fritsch & Anna Vallgårda.(2016). FeltRadio: sensing and making sense of wireless traffic.In proceedings of DIS 2016: the ACM SIGCHI conference on Designing Interactive Systems, ACM, Brisbane, Australia, 4-8 June 2016.
AWARD: SIGCHI Honourable Mention Award (top 5% of all submissions).

Francisco Nunes, Nervo Verdezoto, Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Morten Kyng, Erik Grönvall, Cristiano Storni (2015).
Self-care Technologies in HCI: Trends, Tensions, and Opportunities
InACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (ToCHI),22(6), p. 1-45, ACM.

Grönvall, E., Verdezoto, N., Bagalkot, N., Sokoler, T. (2015).
Concordance: A Critical Participatory Alternative in Healthcare IT.
In the proceedings of Critical Alternatives. The Fifth Decennial Aarhus Conference 2015, ACM, Aarhus, Denmark, 17-21 August 2015.

Bossen, C, Grönvall, E.(2015).
Collaboration in-between: The Care Hotel and Designing for Flexible Use.
In the proceedings of CSCW 2015: Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 14-18 March, 2015.

Grönvall, E., Lundberg, S. (2014)
On challenges designing the home as a place for care
In A. Holzinger, M. Ziefle, et al., Pervasive Health: State of the art and beyond, Human–Computer Interaction Series, Springer London, 2014.

Grönvall, E., Kinch, S., Petersen, M.G., Rasmussen, M.K. (2014).
Causing Commotion with a Shape-changing Bench – Experiencing Shape-Changing Interfaces in Use.
In the proceedings of CHI 2014: the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Toronto, Canada, 26 April – 1 May, 2014.AWARD: SIGCHI Best of CHI Honorable Mention Award (top 5% of all submissions).

Bødker, S., Grönvall, E. (2013).
Calendars: Time coordination and overview in families and beyond.
In the proceedings of ECSCW 2013: the European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2013, Paphos, Cyprus, 21-25 September, 2013.