Oskar Jonsson

Associate Researcher, PhD

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Design
  • Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
  • Health Sciences
  • Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences


  • CASE - Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments


I am currently engaged in:

  • UserAge, a six-year programme on user participation in research on ageing and health (2017-2022). UserAge is a four node endeavour with international collaboration coordinated by Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments (CASE).
  • Decition support system for improved accessibility is a 3-year research project (2018-2020) where we develope, test and evaluate an innovative system for inventory and support decision-making for improved accessibility in multi-family housing.


As postdoctor (2014-2016) at CASE, my research focused on usability testing of an app designed to help older individuals to find housing solutions with the best possible accessibility. I was responsible for a cross-national usability study that were carried out in Sweden and Latvia. The app is intended to be used by older people to detect, assess, and provide information on barriers and accessibility issues in their housing environments. The research was carried out within the framework of the EU funded research project INNOVAGE with focus on social innovations which support active and healthy ageing. I am currently working with writing papers for scientific journals and initiating research project related to the INNOVAGE project. My background includes user-centered design, qualitative research interviews and observational studies in the fields of product experience and aging and design. I have also taught in furniture culture, furniture design and knowledge production at Carl Malmsten Furniture Studies, Linköping University.

Jonsson, O. (2013). Furniture for later life: Design based on older people’s experiences of furniture in three housing forms (Doctoral dissertation). Lund University, Sweden: http://www.lu.se/lup/publication/4146752

Recent research outputs

Oskar Jonsson, Björn Slaug, Mårtensson, K., Hansson, A., Steven Schmidt & Susanne Iwarsson, 2018, Transforming our World Through Design, Diversity and Education: Proceedings of Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress 2018. Craddock, G., Doran, C., McNutt, L. & Rice, D. (eds.). Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press, Vol. 256, p. 315-323 (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; vol. 256)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPaper in conference proceeding

Oskar Jonsson, Elisabeth Dalholm Hornyánszky, Britt Östlund, Anders Warell & Sperling, L., 2017 Sep 21, Proceedings of the 28th International Conference Research for Furniture Industry. Smardzewski, J. & Lange, J. (eds.). p. 107-126 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPaper in conference proceeding

Oskar Jonsson, Maria Haak, Tomsone, S., Susanne Iwarsson, Steven Schmidt, Mårtensson, K., Svensson, T. & Björn Slaug, 2016, In : Journal of usability studies. 12, 1, p. 26-49

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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