Marie-Monique Schaper is an IxD/UX researcher and designer who specialises in merging new technologies and design research in different disciplines of interaction. Marie is a Researcher and Associate Professor at the Information and Communication Technologies department of Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She has also collaborated in research projects with Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and in teaching activities at ELISAVA – Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, Barcelona. Marie is one of the co-founders of COSICOSA, a project that proposes an interdisciplinary model based on design research. The goal of the project is to help children to experiment and learn with technology in different ways, to promote the development of creative skills and the ability to use technology as a media for self-expression.
Working in user experience, concept development and interaction design for interactive experiences, she benefits from her interdisciplinary educational background. Marie holds a PhD in Information and Communication Technologies and a Master of Science degree in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain). She was visiting researcher at the Institut for Communication and Culture – Participatory Information Technology of Aarhus University (Denmark) to deepen and share her knowledge about Participatory Design practices for learning experiences in Cultural Heritage. During her undergraduate studies in Design from the HAWK University of Applied Science and Arts (Hildesheim, Germany), Marie collaborated in different design projects at international partner universities such as Kymmenlaakso Polytechnic Kouvola (Finland), Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) and Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (Australia). Her work has been published in international conferences (CHI, IDC, ACE), international journals and German design magazines (PAGE). Before returning to academe, Marie spent five years in the new media industry working as designer.
Currently, Marie is involved in several research projects focused on the exploration and development of novel co-design strategies and research methods for the user experience of educational and disruptive technologies. She collaborates in the project RavalSTEAM and Makers a les Aules to provide teaching support in STEAM related educational activities for local schools in Barcelona in the context of social inclusion.
Marie has organised and conducted several workshops both with children, teenagers and adults in the field of design thinking, STEAM, maker technologies to promote critical thinking in digital fabrication, co-creation of interactive narratives based on Augmented Reality and co-design of interactive experiences for educational and disruptive technologies (American Space Barcelona, RavalSTEAM, Makers a les Aules, Library Montserat Abelló, Library Carles Rahola Girona, Barcelona Activa, Art al Barri). Marie has organised also workshops in the context of interactive experiences for public spaces (e.g. Barcelona Design Week 2015; Week Experimenta ELISAVA 2019) and cultural institutions such as theatres (Plàudite Teatre) and museums (MUHBA).
Marie has been involved as a volunteer in teaching design and new technologies. She has volunteered for GirlsInLab in Barcelona and the programme GirlsTech from Universitat Pompeu Fabra which offer free educational and hands-on STEAM workshops for young girls to promote their interest in technology. At an international level, she provided support for the job creation project Ubunye Beadworks in social entrepreneurship, brand building, brand promotion and social media activities that is organised by the The Homestead, a non-profit organisation for street children and their families in Cape Town, South Africa.