Seminar: Reconsidering Sustainability for HCI
11 Feb 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Presenter/Speaker: Dr Nadia Pantidi, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland
For the past 10 years there has been a burgeoning discourse on sustainability concerns within HCI: including themes around how to design interventions that can support us in preserving energy, preserving our natural environment, and making our buildings and food chain more efficient. While these sustainability concerns are very much still at the forefront of research and policy, an equally important sustainability endeavour is starting to emerge concerning the role of technologies in preserving our communities and especially those amongst us that are at risk the most.
In this talk, I will discuss ways that technologies can support vulnerable populations, community resilience and social innovation. I will draw from examples of my current research to highlight the challenges and opportunities available for HCI when designing interventions that go beyond traditional approaches of sustainability and towards community resilience.
Dr. Nadia Pantidi (BA, MEng, PhD) is currently a Lecturer in the School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork (UCC) and a member of the People and Technology Research Group. Before joining UCC, she was a Research Fellow in the Mixed Reality Lab at the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham.
Her research is positioned in the broader space of sustainability and HCI, with a particular focus on understanding, evaluating and designing for people’s real world experiences of using technology. She has conducted research in a range of application areas such as food, energy consumption, biodiversity, collaborative economy, but also extending to less traditional discourses of sustainability that include how to best design for technologies and services that support our communities in becoming more resilient. She is a co-Investigator at the H2020 project Grassroots Wavelengths and a country representative for the COST Action From Sharing to Caring.