I’m Aga and I am a Ph.D. student at Karlstad University in Sweden. I am Polish, however, I have spent a long time living in Scotland and currently, due to my research, I live in Sweden. I have a mixed education background. I have completed my first master’s degree in Poland, at the University of Nikolaus Copernicus, where I have been studying History of Art and Culture. After I moved to Scotland, I have gained an interest in design and technology, and I have decided to pursue further education. Therefore, I have completed my master degree at Edinburgh Napier University where I was studying computing. I was working as a web designer, UX adviser, and designer. Additionally, for a short period of time, I worked for the university, where my fascination about privacy and usability begun.
My main interests are design, usability, psychology, ergonomics…. the list is long. In my spare time, I try to pursue my interest in art and culture, take photos, read and travel, as much as I can. Hence, some of the posts on this website will drift away from my Ph.D. research and cover other aspects of my life.
My research is a part of Privacy&Us innovative training network, which received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 675730.
In short, in my research, I focus on the investigation of privacy attitude and behaviors. The objective of my work is to examine to what extent factors such as emotion & trust influence privacy decision making. In my work, I ask whether we can successfully nudge people to make more privacy-aware decisions, by an appropriate choice architecture affecting risk and benefit calculation. I call it affective nudges, and I hope that over the next couple of years I will be able to demonstrate them and check their effectiveness. I wish that results of my work will be used by privacy researchers, designers and, potentially by policymakers.
My research stands at the crossroads of many disciplines, including studies of privacy from legal and cyber perspectives, but also psychology, usability, and design.
If you would like to find more about me or ask any questions, please send me a message.