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Magnus Eriksson

Magnus Eriksson

Doctoral student

Magnus Eriksson

Design opportunities for future development of crisis communication technologies for marginalised groups – Co-designing with Swedish disability organisations


  • Elisabet M. Nilsson
  • Jörgen Lundälv
  • Magnus Eriksson

Summary, in English

Purpose: The purpose is to firstly, provide an example of how voices of people with various disabilities (motor, visual, hearing, and neuropsychiatric impairments) can be listened to and involved in the initial phases of a co-design process (Discover, Define). Secondly, to present the outcome of the joint explorations as design opportunities pointing out directions for future development of crisis communication technologies supporting people with disabilities in building crisis preparedness. The study was conducted during the Covid-19 pandemic. Design/methodology/approach: The study assumes a design research approach including a literature review, focus group interviews, a national online survey and collaborative (co-)design workshops involving crisis communicators and representatives of disability organisations in Sweden. The research- and design process was organised in line with the Double Diamond design process model consisting of the four phases: Discover, Define, Develop and Deliver, whereof the two first phases are addressed in this paper. Findings: The analysis of the survey data resulted in a series of challenges, which were presented to and evaluated by crisis communicators and representatives from the disability organisations at the workshops. Seven crisis communication challenges were identified, for example, the lack of understanding and knowledge of needs, conditions and what it means to build crisis preparedness for people with disabilities, the lack of and/or inability to develop digital competencies and the lack of social crisis preparedness. The challenges were translated into design opportunities to be used in the next step of the co-design process (Develop, Deliver). Originality/value: This research paper offers both a conceptual approach and empirical perspectives of design opportunities in crisis communication. To translate identified challenges into design opportunities starting with a “How Might We”, creates conditions for both researchers, designers and people with disabilities to jointly turn something complex, such as a crisis communication challenge, into something concrete to act upon. That is, their joint explorations do not stop by “knowing”, but also enable them to in the next step take action by developing potential solutions for crisis communication technologies for facing these challenges.


  • Department of Sociology of Law

Publishing year







Journal of Enabling Technologies





Document type

Journal article


Emerald Group Publishing Limited


  • Human Aspects of ICT


  • Co-design
  • Covid-19 pandemic
  • Crisis communication technologies
  • Design opportunities
  • Disability organisations
  • People with disabilities




  • ISSN: 2398-6263