Åsa Wikberg-Nilsson
Åsa Wikberg-Nilsson

Åsa Wikberg-Nilsson

Associate Professor
Luleå University of Technology
Industrial Design
Humans and Technology
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences
+46 (0)920 491342
A3516 Luleå


Åsa's research focus is within the field of Co-design: developing knowledge and methods of co-creation that affect the context of using/experiencing design, and practicing design. It includes the role and responsibility of the designer for the user experience , the inclusion of marginalized users (norm-creative design/ inclusive design), for creative and innovative outcomes (design thinking) and social responsibility (social sustainability) knowledge and methodology for different contexts such as products, services, systems, places and spaces.

Åsa's research has been conducted in a number of projects in various multidisciplinary areas where design methods have been used as means of change, some examples from the last years are New Interfaces Human-Diversity and Inclusion (2018-), Inclusive Design for City Development (2017-18), Visual Design (2016), Design Knowledge (2016), HealthCloud: Digital Design for Senior people (2017), NOVA Tools and Methods for Norm-Creative Innovation (2013-17), Genovate (2015-16), and Design, Health & Wellbeing (2015).

Planned and ongoing research projects include design thinking as change management, People-Tools-Process-Place: design-oriented accessibility design for small and medium-sized cities, and service design with norm-creative design methodology.

A great interest and dedication is also design education: methods and means to motivate, engage and involve students in their own learning. Åsa for example coaches the courses Design: method and process, Design Research, Advanced graphic design, Advanced product design and is responsible for the master and bachelor thesis projects at Graphic design and Industrial design engineering. 


Conference paper

Implementation of workbooks as an active learning tool for Industrial Design Engineering (2019)

Wikberg-Nilsson. Å, Törlind. P
Part of: 7:e Utvecklingskonferensen för Sveriges ingenjörsutbildningar, 2019
Conference paper

HealthCloud (2018)

promoting healthy living through co-design of user experiences in a digital service
Wikberg-Nilsson. Å, Normark. C, Björklund. C, Axelsson. S
Part of: Proceedings of NordDesign: Design in the Era of Digitalization, 2018, 2018
Conference paper

Norm creativity in student design projects (2018)

One approach to creating sustainable societies
Öhrling. T, Normark. J, Wikberg-Nilsson. Å
Part of: Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2018, s. 344-349, 2018
Article in journal

Tactics for Norm-Creative Innovation (2018)

Wikberg-Nilsson. Å, Jahnke. M
She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation, Vol. 4, nr. 4, s. 375-391

Tillgänglighetsdesign för stadens utveckling (2018)

Wikberg-Nilsson. Å, Blomqvist. K, Jahnke. M, Molnar. S, Nilsson. K, de Fine Licht. K, et al.