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HCI and Environmental Sustainability: The Politics of Design and the Design of Politics

Abstract: 
Many HCI researchers have recently begun to examine the opportunities to use ICTs to promote environmental sustainability and ecological consciousness on the part of technology users. This paper examines the way that traditional HCI discourse obscures political and cultural contexts of environmental practice that must be part of an effective solution. Research on ecological politics and the political economy of environmentalism highlight some missing elements in contemporary HCI analysis, and suggest some new directions for the relationship between sustainability and HCI. In particular, I propose that questions of scale – the scales of action and the scales of effects – might provide a useful new entry point for design practice.
Author: 
Paul Dourish
Institution: 
University Of California, Irvine
Year: 
2010
Input By: 
Nicholas Pape
Affiliation: 
MIT
Dimensions-Problem/Solution: 
Industry Focus: 
Other Services
Country: 
United States
Datatype(s): 
Bibliographies & Reports
Theory/Definition