Team meeting 131021


There weren’t that many people at our last team meeting a week ago (only Daniel, Elina, Teo, Malin and Henrik). We ran through a number of information and discussion points. I won’t actually include all of them here, but some things we talked about were:


– Daniel and Elina talked a little about the conference we attended some weeks ago, Engineering Education for Sustainable Development  (and the paper we presented there).

– The research grant applications that our group handed in to the Swedish Energy Agency’s call about ”Energy, IT and Design”.

– On the habit (a year ago) of sending a ”featured article” on ICT/Media Technology and Sustainability every second week, is that something we should take up again? There was no clear consensus, but it was suggested that we might sometimes (a few times per term) spend our lunch meeting discussing a particularly good article. Me and Elina directly though about an excellent (short) text by Richard Heinberg, ”What is sustainability?”.

– Katarina Elevant will (has at this point) presented her ph.d. thesis (Fri Oct 25).

– Should we as a group suggest Al Gore’s name as an honorary doctor at KTH? Yes, we should and I have.

– I have been contacted by the first student who found a thesis proposal at our team blog. Hooray! I will be his advisor since it’s my thesis proposal.

– Elina told us about the ECE course she has just started for KTH teachers who have (or want to teach) about sustainability.


We also discussed some other things, but the most important topic was this:

– We had a very successful whole-day event/”kick-off” in December last year – should we do it again. The answer was YES – we should (more info to follow)!


Here are some topics that we could have discussed at the team meeting but that we decided to postpone to our upcoming whole-day event:

– We should generate thesis proposals for the expected flood of students who will write their bachelors’ and masters’ theses during the spring. This is the first year when we will have students at the master’s level who have taken our course on Sustainability and Media Technology. That course will hopefully have created some interest in writing sustainability-related masters’ theses in Media Technology (and Human-Computer Interaction/Interaction Design).

– We should discuss where we as a group want to apply for funds for research projects as well as strategies for how to go about.

– Where do we as a team want to be 1, 2, 5 years from now? What are suitable goals to aim for?

– We as a team should submit papers to the upcoming (Aug 2014) ICT4S conference. Brainstorm everyone!


Thesis Proposal: Who is the Off-gridder?

The aim of this thesis proposal is to explore the domain of people who produce their own electricity without being connected to the grid. One view of these people is that they are turning their back on society and that they want to be self-sufficient. There is also a notion that an off-grid person also chooses to not be part of the all-encompassing ICT society. Another possibility is that the off-gridder is a person who has installed for example photo voltaics on their summer cottage roof since there is no grid to connect to close by.

We are interested in understanding the off-gridders, their driving forces and lifestyle choices. Furthermore we want to know what kind of solutions they have created in order to produce and consume electricity, and how they came by the knowledge of constructing these solutions. Were ICT in any way connected to this process and if so, how.

Possible research questions are:

  • Who is the off-gridder (user analysis)?
  • What are their driving forces and lifestyle choices?
  • Do they, or have they, used ICT in setting up and/or monitoring their off-grid solutions?
  • Could the Grid learn something from the off-gridder?
  • How could they be supported by ICT solutions?


Interested? Contact Elina Eriksson: elina (at)



EESD 2013

This is a somewhat belated blog post about a conference that Daniel and I (Elina) attended in Cambridge in September. The conference was the EESD – Engineering Education for Sustainable Development , and this years theme was ”Rethinking the Engineer”. We attended since we had a paper accepted, “It’s not fair!” – making students engage in sustainability, based on the  Media Technology and Sustainability course we are teaching . Daniel were also co-author to another paper accepted to the conference, Engineers of the future: using scenarios methods in sustainable development education.

I really enjoyed the conference, it was the first time around for me. It probably was the most friendly and welcoming conference I’ve been to, with lots of (to me previously unknown) people inviting me to sit down at meals to join the discussions. I will keep this blog post short, and instead refer to others who have written longer and perhaps more critical about the conference. The first is James Keirstead who have written some thoughts on the conference in his blog and the other is our own Daniel who have written about the conference on his academic blog.

Yours truly making a funny face, and Daniel saying something intelligent.
Yours truly making a funny face, and Daniel saying something intelligent at the EESD conference.


Team meeting 131007


At the latest team meeting, we had two guests:

1) Former KTH student and game designer Patrik Larsson wants to move his game GaSuCo from a physical game board to a screen and who wants our help this task into a thesis project and find a student/students who could do it during the spring.

2) Baki Cakici presented himself and his research for the group (for possible future collaboration). He will defend his thesis, ”The informed gaze: On the implications of ICT-based surveillance” on October 15. The full text can be found here.

Present at the meeting were: Daniel, Elina, Ulrica, Teo, Cecilia, Åke, Mattias and Björn. I have a feeling I might have forgotten someone…