About me

Photo of Agnieszka Kitkowska I have completed a Ph.D. in computer science 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 educational background. I have completed my first master’s degree in Poland at the University of Nikolaus Copernicus, where I studied History of Art and Culture. After moving 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’s degree at Edinburgh Napier University, studying computing. I was working as a web designer, UX advisor, and designer. Additionally, for a short time, I worked for the university, where my fascination with privacy and usability began.


My main interests are design, usability, psychology, ergonomics, cognitive science – 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 my posts will drift away from my Ph.D. research and cover other aspects of my life.


MY Work

My Ph.D. research was 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.

My work was supervised by Leonardo A. Martucci and Erik Wastlund from Karlstad University. As my work is a part of H2020, my co-adviser was Joachim Meyer from Tel Aviv University.

In short, in my research, I focus on the investigation of privacy attitudes and behaviors. The objective of my work was to examine to what extent factors such as individual characteristics and affect 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 cues, and I hope that during my Ph.D. I will be able to demonstrate them and test their effectiveness. I wish that my work results will be used by privacy researchers, designers, and, potentially, by policymakers.

Overall, my research interests stand at the crossroads of many disciplines, including studies of privacy from legal and cyber perspectives and psychology, behavioral sciences, JDM, usability, and design.

If you would like to find more about me or ask any questions, please send me a message.