Paper Accepted: Vitiden: Transforming a policy-orienting scenario to a practice- oriented energy fiction

This summer we got a paper accepted in the journal Futures, based on our MID4S (and Green Leap) project  Empowering Energy Futures, financed by the Swedish Energy Agency. The paper is available, open access, until September 7, 2019 at the Futures webpage.

Vitiden: Transforming a policy-orienting scenario to a practice- oriented energy fiction

Josefin Wangel, Mia Hesselgren, Elina Eriksson, Loove Broms, Gabriel Kanulf, Andrejs Ljunggren

 

Abstract
There is a lack of futures studies addressing consumption and lifestyles at the level of everyday life. This article reports on the transformation of the policy-orienting scenario “Legato”, developed by the Swedish Energy Agency in 2016, to a practice-oriented design speculation. The article describes the process of transformation and the resulting energy fiction “Vitiden”. The transformation involved three acts of translation. First, the scope of the transition was explored in-depth, both quantitatively and qualitatively, providing a more detailed understanding of the gap between the ‘sustainable’ 2050 and today. Second, the scenario Legato was analysed for practices and elements of practices that could be elaborated to descriptions of how everyday life could play out in this future. The third step involved re-presenting the practice-oriented scenario as a design speculation. The design speculation was given the form of a book named “Vitiden – an energy fiction” in which the re-formulated version of Legato is presented through text and images, combining a forward-looking manifesto and a backward-looking future archaeology. Besides the written content and the pictures and illustrations of Vitiden, the design of the book is also part of the speculation as it embodies an exploration of how publications, including form, graphic design and choice of materials, could look like in a future such as Legato.

 

Paper Accepted: A Systematic Review of Digital Behaviour Change Interventions for More Sustainable Food Consumption

After one year of reading fantastic titles of (in our eyes) crazy research, skimming abstracts and keywords, reading papers, discussing quality of research, and writing, our systematic literature review on digital behaviour change interventions for more sustainable food consumption is finally published!

Hedin, B.; Katzeff, C.; Eriksson, E.; Pargman, D. A Systematic Review of Digital Behaviour Change Interventions for More Sustainable Food Consumption. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2638. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11092638

 

Abstract:

Food production and consumption present major sustainability challenges, and finding ways to reduce the environmental impact of food, for example through behavioural changes by consumers, is becoming increasingly important. In recent years, digital interventions have become important tools to change behaviours in many areas. In this review, we evaluate the status of current scientific knowledge of digital behaviour change interventions for sustainable food consumption practices. Following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) checklist for how to conduct systematic reviews, we searched multiple databases for papers containing terms related to food, sustainability and digital behaviour change interventions. Only studies where the digital interventions were actually implemented and evaluated from a behaviour change perspective were included, resulting in 15 primary studies in the final review. The quality of the studies was evaluated from a behaviour change perspective, and the approaches used were categorised using two intervention frameworks, the Behaviour Change Wheel and the Behaviour Change Technique Taxonomy v1. The results show that all of the included studies had major quality issues when evaluated from a behaviour change perspective. This means that we could not find any evidence regarding whether the digital behaviour change interventions examined worked or not. Most studies further lacked theoretical grounding or a clear approach to how or why they should be effective for behaviour change for more sustainable food consumption practices. Our main recommendation for future research in the field is to expand from the current exploratory phase to conducting scientifically rigorous studies of higher quality, more thoroughly grounded in behaviour change theory and methods. Furthermore, based on our study, we suggest changes to the Behaviour Change Technique Taxonomy v1.

MID4S @ ICT4S

It’s time for some bragging.

The MID4S team submitted no less than 7 papers to the ICT4S conference that will be held in Stockholm in August. Of these 7 papers, no less than 6 were accepted for presentation/publication!

– That’s an acceptance rate of >85% for the team’s submissions.

– The general acceptance rate for the conference is around 50%, e.g. 100 papers were submitted and half of them were accepted. Our colleagues and collaborators at CESC probably has an equal number of additional papers accepted besides our papers…

– That also means our team will contribute with >10% of all a accepted papers/presentations at the conference.

There is one caveat though. One of the papers has 27 authors Only 3 come from the MID4S team (half of those 27 authors come from UCI), so it’s hard to claim that paper as ”ours”. It will however be me (Daniel) who will present that paper at the conference.

We are doing great and are on a roll right now! Keep up the good work!

Additional comment (May 9). Here are the six accepted papers that team members have written/contributed to:

  • Jorge Luis Zapico. Data blindness and the risks of implicit values in ICT for Sustainability
  • Malin Picha Edwardsson. Environmental aspects of media scenarios for the future ICT society – a qualitative study
  • Elina Eriksson and Daniel Pargman. ICT4S reaching out: making sustainability relevant in higher education
  • Åsa Nyblom and Elina Eriksson. Time is of essence. Changing the horizon of travel planners
  • Mario Romero, Hanna Hasselqvist and Gert Svensson. Supercomputers Keeping People Warm in the Winter
  • Birgit Penzenstadler, Bill Tomlinson, Eric Baumer, Marcel Pufal, Ankita Raturi, Debra Richardson, Baki Cakici, Ruzanna Chitchyan, Georges Da Costa, Lynn Dombrowski, Malin Picha Edwardsson, Elina Eriksson, Xavier Franch, Gillian R. Hayes, Christina Herzog, Wolfgang Lohmann, Martin Mahaux, Alistair Mavin, Melissa Mazmanian, Sahand Nayebaziz, Juliet Norton, Daniel Pargman, Donald J. Patterson, Jean-Marc Pierson, Kristin Roher, M. Six Silberman, Kevin Simonson, Andrew W. Torrance and Andre van der Hoek. ICT4S 2029: What will be the systems supporting sustainability in 15 years?

Paper: HCI in a world of limitations

.

Daniel, Åke and Elina have written a text (”position paper”) to a CHI 2013 conference workshop on ”Post-Sustainability”.

We will present it 10 days from now in Paris!

I (Daniel) wrote a slightly longer blog post about the workshop and the paper on my blog some time ago.

 

”HCI in a world of limitations: Adressing the social resilience of computing

Most computer scientist and practitioners assume that we live in a world of possibilities and that inexorable forces of technological development will help bring us a future of increased wellbeing and of growing economic prosperity. An increasing number of scientists however point at the triple crisis (ecology, economy, energy) and imagine radically different futures based not on expansion and possibilities, but on limitations and/or decline. We propose that a broad program should be formulated that takes biophysical and economic limitations as its starting point and outline some areas that paramount for HCI to come to grips with.”

.

CHI Post-sustainability workshop

.
Three members of our team, Daniel, Åke and Elina, have written a position paper to a workshop on ”Post-sustainability” at the upcoming (April/May) huge CHI conference in Paris.

We just found out our paper was accepted and we all look forward to presenting it and participating in the workshop!

Our position paper is called ”HCI in a world of limitations: Addressing the social resilience of computing”.

Our colleagues in the KTH environmental strategies group also got their position paper to the same workshop accepted.
.