Katarzyna Stawarz



Dr Katarzyna (Kathy) Stawarz is a Research Associate on the NIHR-funded INTERACT project at University of Bristol. She has completed her PhD at UCL Interaction Centre, where she investigated how behaviour change apps could go beyond standard tracking and reminders to effectively facilitate the formation of medication habits by taking advantage of contextual cues and daily routines. Her work was affiliated with the CHI+MED project that focused on improving the usability of medical devices. She also has several years of industry experience: she worked as a freelance UX Designer and Business Intelligence Analyst at a large media company, and co-founded Knry, an innovation startup that worked together with firefighters to develop an interactive wearable safety system.

Her research interests focus on the use and non-use of novel technologies to support health and wellbeing. In particular, she's interested in how mobile devices, distributed systems and smart materials could be used to support healthy habits by taking advantage of user’s environment and without introducing dependency on technology-based solutions. In a broader sense, she's interested in ethical design and building inclusive technologies.
You can read more about her work on her personal website or her LinkedIn profile. She tweets a lot, but not necessarily about work. She also likes bikes, punching things (she has a 2nd degree black belt in Choi Kwang Do) and lifting heavy things. If you have a yellow dog, she would like to be your friend.