Hooray and congratulations doctor Hasselqvist!

On the 20th of November, team member Hanna Hasselqvist successfully defended her PhD thesis. A warm and heartfelt congratulations to Hanna from the whole team!

Hanna discussing lively with the opponent Mike Hazas.

In the morning we had to interesting talks, one by Mike Hazas, Lancaster University, UK: ”Watching futures:  Trajectories of online video streaming” the other by Eli Blevis, Indiana University Bloomington, USA: ”Seeing What Is and What Can Be: On Sustainability, Respect for Work, and Design for Respect”

And in the afternoon Hanna did a great job defending her thesis ”Designing for shared energy responsibility” (see abstract at the end of the post)

Reader Mike Hazas, Lancaster University, UK was the opponent, and the grading committee consisted of Professor Inge Røpke, Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark, Professor Eli Blevis, Indiana University Bloomington, USA and Senior Researcher Annelise De Jong, RISE Interactive, Stockholm, Sweden

Designing for shared energy responsibility

Abstract:
A significant part of the world’s carbon emissions is related to energy use for housing and personal transport, and there are many efforts to make this energy use more sustainable. In the field of Sustainable Human-Computer Interaction, there has been a great interest in exploring how interactive systems can be used to influence people’s energy use, often with a focus on providing information and encouraging energy users to change their behaviours. Similar ideas have been implemented in commercial products aiming to raise households’ awareness of their energy use. This approach suggests that energy use is a matter of individual choice, and that it is the energy user’s responsibility to change energy-related practices such as driving, cooking and heating the home. The effectiveness of the approach has, however, been questioned and it has been proposed to extend the focus beyond the individual – to the communities, corporations and governments that influence people’s energy practices.

With my research, I have aimed to contribute to an understanding of how various stakeholders can share responsibility for energy use and of how to take shared responsibility into account in design. The research has a starting point in studies of sustainable mobility and energy management in housing cooperatives. For these two cases, I have used design interventions to explore energy-intensive practices and more sustainable alternatives from the perspectives of both energy users and other stakeholders. I have identified ways that stakeholders influence, or could influence, energy use in terms of adoption of more sustainable practices and maintenance of these practices over time. Building on this, I present opportunities for interactive systems to amplify stakeholder initiatives and support shared responsibility for energy use, for example by contributing to transparency and trust between households and more powerful stakeholders.

Master thesis proposal – Evaluating Life2053

Visions of the future is an important tool in the transition to a more sustainable society, however, many of the scenarios that has been developed in science are locked away in articles and books. One such example is the book “Bilder av framtidsstaden” where researchers have created scenarios for sustainable life in Stockholm in 2050. Based on this book, the interactive website life2053.se (life2053.com) have been developed as a kind of prototype of the future. This prototype have been deployed for a while, but not evaluated. All interaction with the website is logged.

In this thesis proposal we are imagining that a student would evaluate the prototype through analysing the logged data, as well as through user interviews and/or an “expert” evaluation of the prototype.

Possible questions that could be explored in this thesis are: is this a convincing prototype of the future? What is more appealing and what is less appealing? What choices seem to be most popular?

Contact elina(at)kth.se if you are interested in the master thesis proposal.

CHI Post-sustainability workshop

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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.
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