Here you find information about the research conducted by the university’s 65 professors, 173 senior lecturers, 170 lecturers, and 88 doctoral students (Mars 2019).

Veronica Johansson

Veronica Johansson


Swedish School of Library and Information Science

Phone: 033-4355968

Mobile: 0703-344538

E-mail: veronica.johansson@hb.se

Room number: C515

Signature: VEJ

Teaching and research

My research interests comprise different lines of inquiry concerning visual analytics and data visualisations in various contexts, primarily: users’ interactions with and interpretations of visualisations of data; critical literacies for data visualisations; critical and sociotechnical perspectives on data and visual representation; HCI and interaction design perspectives on visualisations; issues of privacy and ethics connected to visualisations of social data; and digital strategies for data and visualisations in organisations.

My teaching mainly concerns information policy with focus on privacy and GDPR; data strategies and visualisations for organisational development; qualitative research methods (interviews, observations, contextual inquiry) and data analysis. I also supervise and examine student essays on bachelor and master levels, and co-supervise doctoral students.

Research activities and projects

For my dissertation, published in December 2012, I conducted two case studies in which different types of users interact with different types of data visualisation tools. One case is centered on how a geographic information system (MapInfo) is used for analysing and preventing traffic accidents in the city of Gothenburg. The other case is centred on how a dynamic time series animating chart (Trendalyzer) is used for analysing and spreading knowledge about the world’s development in three different organisational settings. 

In 2013-2014, I have also been involved in a project funded by Internetfonden .SE, entitled Omvärld.se – fördjupad samhällsförståelse med interaktiva visualiseringar i gymnasieskolan (”The surrounding world – deeper understanding through the use of interactive visualisations in upper secondary school”). In this project we worked with teachers at a Swedish upper secondary school to help them develop and use data and visualisations as learning and pedagogic resources in the subjects geography and social science. 

Title of Dissertation

A Time and Place for Everything? Social Visualisation Tools and Critical Literacies


Supervision of doctoral students