Maral Babapour Chafi

Researcher at Design and Human Factors

My research concerns adoption of innovations in workplaces from a user-centered design perspective. I have been investigating the implications of relocating to Activity-based Flexible Offices/AFOs (also called ABW/Activity-based working, or non-territorial/hot-desking offices). I am interested the interplay between: individuals, their activities, and and the ecology of technological artefact in workplaces. The questions that I address are:- What design-related aspects in AFOs support and/or impede individuals’ activities and wellbeing over time? - In what ways do individuals, groups and organisations adopt and adapt to AFOs?- How can the design processes before relocating to AFOs be improved so that AFOs better match employees’ needs?- What are the success factors in Occupational Health and Safety Management processes after relocating to AFOs?Drop me a line, if you want to know more about my work.

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Showing 32 publications

2020

Flexible office, flexible working? A post-relocation study on how and why university employees use a combi-office for their activities at hand.

Antonio Cobaleda Cordero, Maral Babapour Chafi, Marianne Karlsson
International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics. Vol. 7 (1), p. 26-54
Journal article
2020

Fysisk arbetsmiljö för hälsa, välmående och prestation

Cecilia Berlin, Maral Babapour Chafi
Report
2019

Feel well and do well at work: A post-relocation study on the relationships between employee well-being and office landscape

Antonio Cobaleda Cordero, Maral Babapour Chafi, Marianne Karlsson
Journal of Corporate Real Estate
Journal article
2019

Policies in Activity-based Flexible Offices -‘I am sloppy with clean-desking. We don’t really know the rules.’

Maral Babapour Chafi, Linda Rolfö
Ergonomics. Vol. 62 (1), p. 1-20
Journal article
2019

Workspace preferences and non-preferences in Activity-based Flexible Offices: Two case studies

Maral Babapour Chafi, Mette Harder, Christina Bodin Danielsson
Applied Ergonomics. Vol. 83
Journal article
2019

Feel well and do well at work A post-relocation study on the relationships between employee wellbeing and office landscape

Antonio Cobaleda Cordero, Maral Babapour Chafi, Marianne Karlsson
Journal of Corporate Real Estate. Vol. 22 (2 (Special Issue)), p. 113-137
Journal article
2018

What Negative Space has to do with Design Fixations in HCI Research

Sara Ljungblad, Maral Babapour Chafi
Paper in proceedings
2018

Appropriation of an Activity-based Flexible Office in Daily Work

Maral Babapour Chafi, MariAnne Karlsson, Anna-Lisa Osvalder
Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies. Vol. 8 (S3), p. 71-94
Journal article
2018

Predictors of Preference for the Activity-based Flexible Office

Linda Rolfö, Helena Jahncke, Lisbeth Slunga Järvholm et al
Human Systems Engineering and Design. Vol. 876, p. 547-553
Paper in proceedings
2017

Discrepancies between intended and actual use in Activity-based Flexible Offices - A literature review

Antonio Cobaleda Cordero, Maral Babapour Chafi
NES 2017. 20-23 August 2017. Lund
Paper in proceedings
2017

Policies for sharing workspaces in activity-based flex offices

Linda Rolfö, Maral Babapour Chafi
Organizing for High Performance, p. 339-244
Paper in proceedings
2017

Use profiles in Activity-based Flexible Offices – A case study

Maral Babapour Chafi, Anna-Lisa Osvalder
Nordic Ergonomics Society (NES2017) Conference Proceedings; A-L. Osvalder, M. Blomé, and H. Bodnar (Eds.), 20-23 August, Lund. p. 197-204. (2017), p. 6-
Paper in proceedings
2015

PENSIERI - An Inquiry into Sketching and Modelling in Design

Maral Babapour Chafi
Licentiate thesis
2014

Externalisation activities and creativity in design process

Maral Babapour Chafi
13th NORDCODE Seminar & Workshop
Paper in proceedings
2014

Roles of externalisation activities in the design process

Maral Babapour Chafi
Swedish Design Research Journal. Vol. 2014 (1)
Journal article
2014

Media and representations in product design education

Maral Babapour Chafi, Viktor Hjort af Ornäs, Oskar Rexfelt et al
A. Eger, A. Kovacevic, & B. E. Parkinson (Eds.), Design Education & Human Technology Relations, Proceedings of The 16th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, p. 42-47
Paper in proceedings
2014

From passive memory back-ups to interactive situating materials

Maral Babapour Chafi
13th NORDCODE Seminar & Workshop
Paper in proceedings
2013

Bridging the Discrepancy between Reflective Practice and Systematic Form Generation Approaches

Maral Babapour Chafi, Ulrike Rahe
International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, 5 & 6 September 2013, Dublin Institute Of Technology, Dublin, Ireland, p. 778-783
Paper in proceedings
2013

Roles of Visualisation Tools in Form Design Process

Maral Babapour Chafi
12th NORDCODE Seminar & Workshop, Trondheim, 18-20 September 2013
Paper in proceedings
2013

Visualizing the design process–an educational approach for the synthesis of design diaries

Maral Babapour Chafi, Ulrike Rahe
10th European Academy of Design Conference - Crafting the Future
Paper in proceedings
2012

Innovative Form Design - A Formal Aesthetics Design Approach for Creative Form Generation

Ulrike Rahe, Maral Babapour Chafi, Anders Warell et al
Proceedings of the Design Research Society conference 2012, Bangkok, 1-4 July 2012
Conference poster
2012

The Influence of Self-reflective Diaries on Students' Design Processes

Maral Babapour Chafi, Ulrike Rahe, Owain Pedgley
DesignEd Asia Conference 2012
Paper in proceedings
2012

Creating Novel Product Form Based on Formal Aesthetics – A Method for Advanced Form Design Education

Ulrike Rahe, Maral Babapour Chafi, Björn Rehammar
Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Antwerp, 6-7 September, 2012.
Paper in proceedings
2012

A comparison of Diary Method Variations for Enlightening Form Generation in the Design Process

Maral Babapour Chafi, Björn Rehammar, Ulrike Rahe
Design and Techonology Education: An International Journal. Vol. 17 (3), p. 49-60
Journal article
2012

Adoption of ergonomic features in a new reach truck cabin design – a usability study

Maral Babapour Chafi, Anna-Lisa Osvalder, Lars-Ola Bligård
Work. Vol. 41 (Supplement 1/ 2012), p. 1486-1492
Journal article
2012

A comparison of Diary Method Variations for Enlightening Form Generation in the Design Process

Maral Babapour Chafi, Björn Rehammar, Ulrike Rahe
Proceedings of the Design Research Society conference 2012, Bangkok, 1-4 July 2012
Paper in proceedings
2012

Ergonomic evaluation of long-shafted tools used in horse stables: the effects of shaft length variation and work technique on working posture

Lotta Löfqvist, Maral Babapour Chafi, Anna-Lisa Osvalder et al
International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics. Vol. 1 (3), p. 298-312
Journal article

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Showing 2 research projects

2019–2020

Healthy and thriving workplaces – Physical work environment with special focus on loading ergonomics

Cecilia Berlin Design and Human Factors
Maral Babapour Chafi Design and Human Factors
Swedish Authority of Work Environment Knowledge

2018–2021

A Model for predictive assessment of cognitive workload - PreKo

Cecilia Berlin Production Systems
Åsa Camilla Söderström Design and Human Factors
Maral Babapour Chafi Design and Human Factors
Ann-Christine Falck Production Systems
Roland Örtengren Production Systems
Matilda Bergman Design and Human Factors
AFA Insurance

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