Disputation: Klaudia Carcani

Doctoral candidate Klaudia Carcani at the Department of informatics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, is defending the thesis “Co-designing cooperative artifacts with MACI people - A study of empowering practices and artifacts in rehabilitation and co-design” for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor.

Picture of the candidate

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The University of Oslo is closed. The PhD defence and trial lecture will therefore be fully digital and streamed directly using Zoom. The host of the session will moderate the technicalities while the chair of the defence will moderate the disputation.

Ex auditorio questions: the chair of the defence will invite the audience to ask ex auditorio questions either written or oral. This can be requested by clicking 'Participants -> Raise hand'. 

Trial lecture

Title: "Contingencies and complexities of design work: insights from empirical design studies"

Main research findings

This thesis explores empowerment in two equally important contexts. First, patient empowerment in rehabilitation. Second, empowerment of people with Mild Acquired Cognitive Impairments (MACI) in Participatory Design (PD) sessions in which cooperative artifacts for MACI’s empowerment in rehabilitation are co-designed.
Empowerment in this thesis is understood as a compound of outcomes, practices, values, and artifacts.
A Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) perspective was applied to study patient empowerment in rehabilitation. Findings describe empowering practices and implications for design of empowering artifacts that support patient participation in decision-making, understanding, and having control of their own care process while cooperating with healthcare practitioners.
A PD process was applied to study how to co-design with MACI people. Findings describe empowering practices and empowering artifacts contributing to MACI people having a say, influencing decision-making, and influencing design outcomes in co-design of cooperative artifacts that support their empowerment in the care process.
The thesis contributes to the field of PD by involving a marginalized group in co-design. Further, it contributes to the field of CSCW by applying its concepts in a new context and finally brings both fields together in the pursuit of empowerment. A detailed account of the extensive empirical work is provided.

Adjudication committee

  • Professor Ina Wagner, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Professor Christian Heath, Kings College London, UK
  • Professor Margunn Aanestad, University of Agder, University of Oslo, Norway


  • Associate Professor Harald Holone, Østfold University College 
  • Associate Professor Jo Herstad, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo
  • Associate Professor Frank Becker, Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo

Chair of defence

  • Professor Carsten Griwods, Department of Informatics


Contact information to Department: Mozhdeh Sheibani Harat

Publisert 25. aug. 2021 15:41 - Sist endret 13. okt. 2021 12:40