Ulli Samuelsson's research focuses on IT use and digital competence from an educational social perspective. At present, this research is being conducted within the framework of a three-year project funded by the Kamprad Family Foundation. In close collaboration with the target group, Ulli, together with researchers from Malmö University and Linnaeus University, is studying what can enable digital participation among older people. In a previous three-year project, funded by Forte, Ulli, together with researchers from Lund University and Linnaeus University, studied the elderly's use of IT. The research project aimed to increase knowledge of how different categories of older people, in their everyday lives and in different life stages, used or did not used, and perceived digital media and applications.
Knowledge of older people's digital participation is still limited, although there are political hopes that digital technology will address the challenges of an ageing population.
Ulli Samuelsson, born in 1967, has a background as an IT educator in the private business world, both as an employee and as an entrepreneur. Ulli has been employed at HLK since 2003, until 2014 as an assistant professor and from 2014 as associate professor of education. From 2011-2018, Ulli was also the director for the Human Resources Program, one of the bachelor programs at HLK. Under Ulli's leadership, this program was developed into the bachelor programs Human Resources with a specialization in Psychology or Business Administration.
Since the fall of 2019, Ulli has also been active at the Jönköping Academy for Improvement in Health and Welfare. This is in the role of regional manager for the national project Mötesplats Social Innovation.
In 2004, Ulli took the master's degree in pedagogy at HLK. The degree also included psychology and sociology. In addition, Ulli has a university education in project management, leadership and change management. 2014 she publicly defended her doctoral thesis “Digital (in)equality? ICT use in school and pupils' technological capital”. The general aim of the thesis is to increase the knowledge base of digital (in)equality by empirically charting and theoretically interpreting the use of information and communication technology (ICT) by young people.