My name is Katarzyna (Kathy) Stawarz. I'm a Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at School of Computer Science and Informatics at Cardiff University.

My research interests and expertise are in the use of emerging technologies to support health and wellbeing. I am interested in how mobile devices, distributed systems, and smart materials could be used to support healthy habits by leveraging people’s environment and routines, and how technology could be used to support martial arts training and contact sports that require full body movement. In a broader sense, I'm interested in ethical design, the "dark side" of digital health and unintended consequences, and building inclusive digital health technologies.

I am recruiting a PhD student in the area of IoT/smart home research focusing on supporting behaviour change and habit formation in home environments, with focus on multi-occupancy households. Read more about the funded opportunity. Application deadline: June 30, 2021.

Research interests


The best way to contact me is via Twitter, although you can also use my university email address. I'm also on LinkedIn, but I won't accept your friend request unless we've spoken previously, in person or online. Yes, I'm one of those people.