In my career, I have been doing research in both academic and industrial settings. This experience has provided me with an opportunity to see both positive and negative aspects of doing research in practice. With this collection, I want to share some of the lessons I learned.

The central theme of the essays is the tension between the value of doing research in practice and difficulties that such work brings. Practice is vibrant and still hugely unexplored area, and researchers-practitioners may be in unique positions to witness or make important discoveries in many areas of computing. However, there are a number of barriers and challenges that practitioners-researchers face.

Due to my background and interests, essays are limited, to some degree, to discussions related to software engineering and interaction design. However, in the essays, I borrow from many disciplines, including computer science, software engineering, human-computer interaction, interaction design, classical design, and philosophy.


Željko Obrenović is a Principal Architect of Adevinta / eBay Classifieds. Before joining Adevinta, he worked as a CTO of Incision, principal consultant with the Software Improvement Group (SIG) in Amsterdam, a consultant at Backbase, an assistant professor at the Technical University in Eindhoven, and a researcher at CWI. In his work, he aims at bridging design research and practice.

Website: Twitter: @zeljko_obren


The essays are also available in a book form.

Z. Obrenovic, Research and Practice: Essays of a Researcher-Practitioner
LeanPub, 2017, 1st edition: