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Working Title: Digital Technology and Sustainability: Acknowledging 
Paradox, Facing Conflict, and Embracing Disruption

Edited book to be published by Routledge

Mike Hazas, Lancaster University, UK
Lisa Nathan, University of British Columbia, Canada

Important dates
28 May 2016 – Extended chapter abstracts due (2,500 words, plus references)
30 June 2016 – Acceptance notification
31 August 2016 – First full draft of chapters due (5,000-6,000 words)
Sept 2016-March 2017 – Feedback, Revisions, Contributor Conversations 
and Book Workshops
21 April 2017 – Final drafts of all chapters, responses, etc.


Digital technologies are hailed as revolutionary solutions to the 
problems of environmental sustainability; smarter homes, more persuasive 
technologies, and a robust Internet of Things hold the promise for 
maintaining our lifestyles and sustaining our ecosystems. Yet, 
deployments of interactive technologies for such purposes often lead to 
a paradox: the tools algorithmically "optimize" heating and lighting of 
houses without regard to the dynamics of daily life in the home; they 
collect and display data that allows us to reflect on energy and 
emissions, while raising our expectations for comfort and convenience; 
we can share ideas for sustainable living through social networking and 
online communities, yet these same systems enable entirely new forms of 
consumerism. By acknowledging these paradoxes we make room for critical 
inquiry into digital technology’s longer-term impacts on ideals of 

This text brings together diverse scholars, researchers and 
practitioners willing to study, critique, and reorient dominant 
narratives and approaches to designing interactive digital technologies 
that support sustainability.

- To articulate and address the conundrums (theoretical, methodological, 
practical) for digital technology, and sustainable HCI in particular, in 
a single definitive volume;
- To advance an iterative, interactive process (e.g., virtual workshops 
and one-to-ones) between scholars in the field;
- Create a touchstone that scholars, students and interested members of 
the broader public can use to develop their understandings of 
sustainability in a digital future;
- To initiate accessible and engaging modes of broad dissemination to 
coincide with the release of the book (e.g., video shorts and animations).

A list of possible content areas for which we are seeking chapter 
contributions are listed below; but topics are not strictly limited to 
these. For more information on the content, participants, and the unique 
process we envision for this book, please see the full version of the 
call at:

Please send enquiries and submissions to [log in to unmask] and 
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Critical Ethical Reflections - Who Are We To Decide What Is Of Value, 
What Is Worth Sustaining?
Politics/Economics – Fundamental To Any New Tool, Yet Rarely Explicitly 
Shifting Orientations: Lengthening Temporal Scales/Accepting The 
Unknown: With The Uncertainty And Unpredictability Of Effecting Change.
Shifting The Norms Of IT Development/Practice: Developing Ways Of 
Fundamentally Shifting Current Trajectories Of ICT Development And Education
Proxies For Sustainability (Emissions, Energy, Reliance On Natural 
Resources), And Approaches For Addressing These Infrastructure 
The Role Of Activism In Scholarly Work Tied To Environmental Concerns
Relationships Between Sustainability And Social Justice
Criteria of Excellence: Development of a broad set of expectations for 
future research in sustainable HCI.

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