Connected Sustainability: Research Workshop at C&T2015

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Recently, global economic turmoil has led to the rise of many grass-roots movements and communities that share a strong sustainability agenda and the desire for political, economic and societal change in the world. Digital technologies play a role in supporting these growing communities in achieving their goals, maintaining and extending their practices and connections. This marks a new area of research for HCI, that of Connected Sustainability. We propose the term Connected Sustainability to emphasise a focus that extends beyond the individual, towards communities, with shared commitments, interests and practices, that are considered within their social, political and infrastructural context. Furthermore, Connected Sustainability addresses the challenge of integrating digital technologies to connect communities and promote sustained positive change. In this workshop, we seek to understand the values and practices of such communities; the role of digital technologies in shaping and sustaining identity and community action; and existing challenges and opportunities.

We kindly invite you to the Connected Sustainability Workshop at C&T 2015 in Limerick, Ireland, on Sunday (June 28, 2015). To find out more about the workshop, visit this website.

How to participate

We invite interested researchers and practitioners to submit a position paper (2 to 4 pages) in the ACM SIGCHI Extended Abstracts format about work in progress, recent results, study methods, or perspectives related to the topics listed below. Papers will be peer-reviewed and 10-15 participants will be selected by relevance and likelihood of stimulating and contributing to this discussion. Submissions should be in PDF format and emailed to Dr. Nadia Pantidi at konstantia.pantidi@ucc.ie by May 1st, 2015.

One author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop. All participants must register for the workshop via the C&T 2015 conference website athttp://comtech.community/.

Topics of interest
Submissions should cover topics around the issues of sustainability and community, including but not limited to:

  • The role of technology and related social, political and cultural factors in supporting connected sustainability.
  • Empirical, theoretical, and critical methodologies, concepts and tools for the study of connected sustainability.
  • Designing digital infrastructure to foster sustainability aims and to sustain community engagement by understanding and supporting, for example, factors such as community championing.
  • Challenges and opportunities, design, use and evaluation of digital technology in communities with sustainability aims.

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About Mara Balestrini

Mara Balestrini is Human Computer Interaction (HCI) expert and technology strategist.

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