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Digital Technology and Sustainability: Engaging the Paradox

Mike Hazas (Lancaster University, UK) Lisa Nathan (University of British Columbia, Canada)



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21 March 2019
Development studies; Environmental science, engineering & technology; Computing: general
This book brings together diverse voices from across the field of sustainable human computer interaction (SHCI) to discuss what it means for digital technology to support sustainability and how humans and technology can work together optimally for a more sustainable future.

Contemporary digital technologies are hailed by tech companies, governments and academics as leading-edge solutions to the challenges of environmental sustainability; smarter homes, more persuasive technologies, and a robust Internet of Things hold the promise for creating a greener world. Yet, deployments of interactive technologies for such purposes often lead to a paradox: they algorithmically optimize heating and lighting of houses without regard to the dynamics of daily life in the home; they can collect and display data that allow us to reflect on energy and emissions, yet the same information can cause us to raise our expectations for comfort and convenience; they might allow us to share best practice for sustainable living through social networking and online communities, yet these same systems further our participation in consumerism and contribute to an ever-greater volume of electronic waste.

By acknowledging these paradoxes, this book represents a significant critical inquiry into digital technology's longer-term impact on ideals of sustainability.

Written by an interdisciplinary team of contributors this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of human computer interaction and environmental studies.
Edited by:   Mike Hazas (Lancaster University UK), Lisa Nathan (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   481g
ISBN:   9780367271169
ISBN 10:   0367271168
Series:   Routledge Studies in Sustainability
Pages:   260
Publication Date:   21 March 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Photo Essay 1: Selfie Time Eli Blevis Introduction: Digital Technology and Sustainability: Engaging the paradox Mike Hazas and Lisa P. Nathan Photo Essay 2: Artifice and Nature Eli Blevis Part 1: Assessing the Field Chapter 1: Three Principles of Sustainable Interaction Design, Revisited David Roedl, William Odom and Eli Blevis Chapter 2: Towards a Social Practice Theory Perspective on Sustainable HCI Research and Design Adrian K. Clear and Rob Comber Chapter 3: A Conversation Between Two Sustainable HCI Researchers: The role of HCI in a Positive Socio-Ecological Transformation Samuel Mann and Oliver Bates Response 1a: Sustainable HCI: From Individual to System Chris Preist Response 1b: Sustainability within HCI within Society: Improvisations, Interconnections and Imaginations Janine Morley Photo Essay 3: Rooftop Garden Eli Blevis Part 2: Addressing Limits Chapter 4: Every Little Bit Makes Little Difference: The Paradox within SHCI Somya Joshi and Tessy Cerratto Pargman Chapter 5: Developing a political economy perspective for sustainable HCI Bonnie Nardi and Hamid Ekbia Chapter 6: Software Engineering for Sustainability: Tools for Sustainability Analysis Birgit Penzenstadler and Colin C. Venters Response 2: Challenging the Scope? Enrico Constanza Photo Essay 4: Classroom Exercise Eli Blevis PART 3: Ways To Engage With Others Chapter 7: Communicating SHCI Research to Practitioners and Stakeholders Christian Remy and Elaine M. Huang Chapter 8: Negotiating and Engaging with Environmental Public Policy at Different Scales Vanessa Thomas Chapter 9: On the Inherent Contradictions of Teaching Sustainability at a Technical University Elina Eriksson and Daniel Pargman Chapter 10: Participation in Design for Sustainability Janet Davis and Sandra Burri Gram-Hansen Response 3a: Connected and Complicit Mel Hogan Response 3b: From Participatory Design to Participatory Governance through Sustainable HCI Ronan Kennedy Photo Essay 5: Airstream Eli Blevis Part 4: Inspiring Futures Chapter 11: A Sustainable Place: Everyday Designers as Place Makers Audrey Desjardins, Xiaolan Wang, and Ron Wakkary Chapter 12: Interaction Design for Sustainability Futures: Towards Worldmaking Interactions Roy Bendor Chapter 13: Think Local Act Local: The Case of Burning Man a.m. tsaasan and Bonnie Nardi Response 4: Sustainability Futures and the Future of Sustainable HCI Yolande Strengers Photo Essay 6: Locked Gate Eli Blevis Epilogue: Mike Hazas and Lisa P. Nathan

Mike Hazas is Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University. Lisa P. Nathan is Assistant Professor at the School of Library Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia.

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