• Universitetsparken 1

    6000 Kolding

    Denmark

20152021
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Research areas

I am affiliated with Theatre Lab at SDU Design Research, where I support students and researchers with theatre methods in design processes. It is an invitation to explore what improvised and participatory theatre methods, involving the intellect as well as the body and emotions, can offer to research projects and the teaching going on in SDU. In Theatre Lab, we use improvised theatre as a means to research human interaction in social relations, for instance in Prometheus project we have explored ways to improve doctor-patient communication together with healthcare professionals and patients.

My PhD study lies at the intersection of object theatre and design, with a focus on engaging objects and products in a bodily way as a means to both develop designers’ understanding of the nature of interaction and material sensations with objects. Working with object theatre methods in a design process enables to take the perspective of an object or another stakeholder to learn from the experience. Theatre offers a possibility to explore and experience moments what we might else be just talking about.

Key words: Participatory Theatre, Improvised Theatre, Postdramatic Theatre, Object Theatre, User-Centered Design, Interaction Design, Participatory Innovation

 

Education/Academic qualification

Applied Theatre, B.A.

Product Development, M.Sc. (eng.), Tampere University of Technology

Theatre and Education, 25 ECTS specialisation

External positions

Visiting researcher, Nottingham Trent University

1. Sep 201815. Nov 2018

Research areas

  • Userdriven Innovation
  • Participatory design
  • Participatory innovation
  • Interaction design
  • Citizens Participation
  • Participatory theatre
  • Improvised theatre
  • Object theatre

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Research Output 2015 2018

  • 7 Article in proceedings
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Book chapter
  • 1 Conference abstract in proceedings

Engaging the vulnerable encounter: engendering narratives for change in healthcare practice by using participatory theatre methods

Heape, C., Larsen, H. & Ryöppy, M., 2018, Illness narratives in practice: Potentials and challenges of using narratives in health-related contexts. Lucius-Hoene, G., Holmberg, C. & Meyer, T. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 175-187

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

theater
narrative
pain
illness
health

Object theatre in field studies

Ryöppy, M., Bach Poulsen, S., Konstantinovs, P. & Ylirisku, S., 2018, Proceedings of Participatory Innovation Conference 2018. p. 286-293

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Theaters
61 Downloads (Pure)

PDFI: Participatory design fiction with vulnerable users

Nägele, L. V., Ryöppy, M. & Wilde, D., 29. Sep 2018, NordiCHI 2018: Revisiting the Life Cycle - Proceedings of the 10th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. Association for Computing Machinery, p. 819-831

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Medicine
Health
Industry
User centered design

PROMETHEUS - empowering patients: Patient empowerment for effective health care - hen mod et effektivt sundhedsvæsen - für ein effektives Gesundheitswesen

Prell, F., Jünemann, K-P., Kalz, A., Heiberg Skouby, A., Grauslund, A-M. H., Knauf, A-F., Ehlers, C., Timmermann, C., Knutz, E., Böhler, G., Thybo Pihl, G., Larsen, H., Ammentorp, J., Lyhs, J., Wolderslund, M., Ryöppy, M., Krogh, P. G., Friis, P., Birkelund, R. & Markussen, T., 18. May 2018, Kiel: Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein. 258 p.

Research output: Book/anthology/thesis/reportBookCommunication

Open Access
75 Downloads (Pure)

Tracking Well-Being: Design Explorations Through Object Theatre

Heiberg Skouby, A., Ryöppy, M. & Mitchell, R., 20. Mar 2018, Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction. Association for Computing Machinery, p. 744-747

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Mockups
Theaters

Activities 2016 2019

  • 11 Organisation or participation in workshops, courses or seminars
  • 2 Conference organisation or participation

Carbon Dioxide Theatre workshop 5: Project dissemination among museum staff, public organisations and young people

Merja Ryöppy (Organizer), Henry Larsen (Organizer), Elena Strøbech (Organizer)
4. Oct 2019

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses or seminars

Carbon Dioxide Theatre workshop 4: Reflection

Merja Ryöppy (Organizer), Henry Larsen (Organizer)
23. May 2019

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses or seminars

Carbon Dioxide Theatre workshop 3: Koldioxidteater with museum visitors

Merja Ryöppy (Organizer), Henry Larsen (Organizer), Elena Strøbech (Organizer)
26. Apr 201927. Apr 2019

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses or seminars

Carbon Dioxide Theatre workshop 2: Object lifestories and LCA

Merja Ryöppy (Organizer), Elena Strøbech (Organizer)
5. Apr 20196. Apr 2019

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses or seminars

Carbon Dioxide Theatre workshop 1: Exploring social norms

Merja Ryöppy (Organizer), Henry Larsen (Organizer), Elena Strøbech (Organizer)
8. Feb 20199. Feb 2019

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses or seminars

Projects 2015 2021

Heracles: Patient Empowerment

Larsen, H., Markussen, T., Heiberg Skouby, A., Strøbech, E. & Ryöppy, M.

01/09/201831/08/2021

Project: Research

Prometheus: Patient Empowerement

Larsen, H., Heiberg Skouby, A., Friis, P., Ryöppy, M. & Strøbech, E.

01/09/201531/08/2018

Project: Research

Teaching & Supervision

Design Specialisation: Personal Data Objects

Merja Ryöppy

08/01/201826/01/2018

Course: Supervision

Exploring Design

& Merja Ryöppy

18/09/201724/11/2017

Course: Teaching