This is a blog post with some time lag – but you can listen to two of the team’s researchers in Swedish!
Elina did a guest lecture in December 2018 in the lecture series Öppna Föreläsningar (given to the first year student’s at Södertörns Högskola). The subject of the lecture was ICT and sustainability, and it was (after some initial mishaps) video recorded and is available on the web:
IT och ett hållbart samhälle del 1 and IT och ett hållbart samhälle del 2
Elina was also interviewed in a student pod cast series, but it seems not to be published.
Daniel participated in the Swedish Public Radio show Klotet on the 28th of February, discussing the energy used by the Internet. Here is a link to his longer blog-post (in English) about it and here is a link to the play version of the radioshow.
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) kth.se