WS8: Is There a European Strand of Sustainable HCI?

Daniel Pargman, KTH Royal Inst. of Technology; Elina Eriksson, KTH Royal Inst. of Technology; Cecilia Katzeff, Interactive Inst. Swedish ICT; Chris Preist, University of Bristol; Maria Håkansson, Chalmers University of Technology; Bran Knowles, Lancaster University
26 October 2014, Helsinki, Finland
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Workshop in short

Sustainability is a well established topic at the CHI conference – but not at NordiCHI. The discourse around sustainability differs (sometimes markedly) between Europe and the US. This implies that there are differences also in terms of framing problems of interest, choice of methods, and proposed solutions. It must therefore also be possible to conduct new, innovative research within a European context. With this workshop, we aim to identify, discuss and cultivate a uniquely European strand of Sustainable HCI research, as well as to develop an agenda for future research in the area. Be part of creating that vision at the inaugural Sustainable HCI NordiCHI workshop!

We invite researchers, designers, and practitioners who are doing, or who want to do, research within Sustainable HCI to this workshop. Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to:

  • What are the emerging characteristics of a European perspective on sustainability? What is different or unique about European Sustainable HCI research? What are our strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are the unique challenges or opportunities for sustainability research in Europe, and how might this differ from other perspectives (e.g. North America, Asia and elsewhere)?
  • Where should the Sustainable HCI community be heading in terms of research outputs?
  • What is (or should) the relationship be between research and other stakeholders (policymakers, industry, media, activists, citizens)?
  • How can we help broaden our collective networks, for example in terms of helping researchers and research groups find prospective partners for future EU research grant applications (e.g. Horizon 2020)?

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