Ilpo Koskinen specialised in design research, where his main interests have been in mobile multimedia, social interaction, and methodology. Usually interested in emerging ideas, his work concentrates on the avant-garde end of technology and methodology. He is professor, but he also functions as an editor.

His main areas of expertise are:

  • Research methods especially qualitative, empathic, and constructive
  • Consumer studies especially studies of design when it enters everyday live
  • Mobile multimedia especially visual means of communication
  • Information technology especially co-experience and proactive technology

In addition, he has studied formal organisations, design in urban space, education and sustainability, and world design. Lately his writing has been mainly critical.