Workshop on Sustainability in HCI – Insights from Permaculture.

Date(s) - 01/09/2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Edinburgh Napier University Merchiston Campus

SICSA is pleased to be sponsoring the workshop on Sustainability in Human-computer Interaction – Insights from Permaculture which will take place at Edinburgh Napier University of Thursday 1 September 2016.

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research into sustainability has been a hot topic for around 10 years. During this time notions of an Anthropocene have propagated throughout research communities – centralizing humankind’s agency in environmental degradation. Many CHI and other workshops have wrestled with the complexities, paradoxes and politics of this often-contentious field of enquiry. However, HCI is also a solution-focused field, so this workshop seeks to understand ways that HCI can be ‘re-made’ a sustainable practice and perspective. Recent workshops have called for the sustainable HCI community to draw on insights from fields outside of traditional HCI to move the research forward. Thus, this workshop looks to the solution-focused design practice and philosophy of Permaculture as an approach to addressing sustainability – focusing on its design principles and ethics. Patrick Whitefield defines Permaculture as “ a design system for human habitats which work with nature rather than against it. It is modeled on natural systems, and makes use of both traditional and modern science.”

The schedule for the day is:

1000 Registration
1020 – 1030 Introductions
1030 – 1130 Keynote One (Sustainability HCI – Mike Hazas, Lancaster University
1130 – 1230 Group work (short position statements (10 minutes each))
1230 – 1330 Lunch
1330 – 1430 Keynote two (Permaculture design – Graham Bell, author, teacher, gardener, agent for change)
1430 – 1600 Roundtable discussion – permaculture, sustainability and HCI

This workshop invites the submission of position papers, and the presentation of (10 min max) position statements. Each position paper should be submitted to Callum Egan ( as a single PDF file, not longer than two pages in length, and containing a description of one of the following:

  • a sustainable HCI design future, or
  • how HCI research can help achieve sustainability, or
  • un-sustainable HCI practices

All attendees at the workshop bust register at the Eventbrite page

Position papers deadline: Sunday 21st August. Send position papers to Callum Egan
Co-chairs David Benyon & Callum Egan

For more information on this workshop along with details on the Keynote Speakers, please see the Eventbrite page

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