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"Pantidi, Konstantia" <[log in to unmask]>
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Connected Sustainability: connecting sustainability-driven, grass-roots communities through technology

One-day workshop at the 7th International ACM Conference on Communities and Technologies to be held on June 28th, 2015 in Limerick, Ireland.

- Submission Deadline: May 1st 2015, via E-Mail to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
- Notification of Acceptance: May 20th 2015
- Workshop Date: June 28th 2015

 2-4 page position papers, not anonymised, formatted according to the ACM SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Template (see


Recently, global economic turmoil has led to the rise of many grass-roots movements and communities that share a strong sustainability agenda and the desire for political, economic and societal change in the world. Digital technologies play a role in supporting these growing communities in achieving their goals, maintaining and extending their practices and connections. This marks a new area of research for HCI, that of Connected Sustainability. We propose the term Connected Sustainability to emphasise a focus that extends beyond the individual, towards communities, with shared commitments, interests and practices, that are considered within their social, political and infrastructural context. Furthermore, Connected Sustainability addresses the challenge of integrating digital technologies to connect communities and promote sustained positive change. In this workshop, we seek to understand the values and practices of such communities; the role of digital technologies in shaping and sustaining identity and community action; and existing challenges and opportunities.
This one-day workshop combines interactive discussions with presentations allowing researchers and practitioners to disseminate and getfeedback on findings, network with other researchers, and build a platform for future collaborative research initiatives.
To participate, please submit a position paper (2-4 pages) in the ACM SIGCHI Extended Abstracts format about work in progress, recent findings, study methods, case studies, or perspectives related to the workshop topics listed below. Papers will be peer-reviewed and 10-15 participants will be selected by relevance and likelihood of stimulating and contributing to this discussion. Submissions should be in PDF format and emailed to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> by May 1st 2015. Full details available at Selected participants will be notified via email on May 20th 2015.
The workshop will interest researchers and practitioners in areas including, but not limited to:
       The role of technology and related social, political and cultural factors in supporting connected sustainability.
       Empirical, theoretical, and critical methodologies, concepts and tools for the study of connected sustainability.
       Designing digital infrastructure to foster sustainability aims and to sustain community engagement by understanding and supporting, for example, factors such as community championing.
       Challenges and opportunities, design, use and evaluation of digital technology in communities with sustainability aims.
One author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop.  All participants must register for the workshop via the conference website at
Nadia Pantidi (University College Cork)
Jennifer Ferreira (Independent Reseacher)
Mara Balestrini (University College London)
Mark Perry (Brunel University London)
Paul Marshall (University College London)
John McCarthy (University College Cork)

Dr Nadia Pantidi
Lecturer in School of Applied Psychology,
People and Technology Research Group,
University College Cork

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