Maral Babapour Chafi

Researcher and Teacher at the division of Design & Human Factors, Department of Industrial and Materials Science

My research concerns adoption of innovations in workplaces from a user-centered design perspective. I have been investigating the implications of relocating to Activity-based Flexible Offices/AFOs (also called ABW/Activity-based working, or non-territorial/hot-desking offices). I am interested the interplay between: individuals, their activities, and and the ecology of technological artefact in workplaces. The questions that I address are:

- What design-related aspects in AFOs support and/or impede individuals’ activities and wellbeing over time?
- In what ways do individuals, groups and organisations adopt and adapt to AFOs?
- How can the design processes before relocating to AFOs be improved so that AFOs better match employees’ needs?
- What are the success factors in Occupational Health and Safety Management processes after relocating to AFOs?

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Maral gives lectures and hold workshops on formgiving approaches and processes, as well as in user-centered product and workplace design.

​One of my most important publications

Babapour M. Rehammar B., and Rahe U. A Comparison of Diary Method Variations for Enlightening Form Generation in the Design Process. Design and Technology Education: an International Journal, 2012, 17(3).

Published: Mon 30 Mar 2020.