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Joel Fredericks <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 10 Oct 2019 21:00:15 +0000
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Third call for Participation!

Apologies for any cross posting.

Designing Smart for Sustainable Communities: Reflecting on the Role of HCI for Addressing the Sustainable Development Goals

2 December 2019, Perth, Australia

A workshop at the Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (OZCHI’19)


Submissions open until 20 October 2019
This workshop reflects on the role of the HCI community in addressing sustainable development in cities, regional centres and rural communities. The workshop will bring together academics, researchers and practitioners to share their experiences, expertise and visions for: (1) evolving HCI design approaches to move beyond the individual; (2) re-engaging with institutions in order to repoliticise HCI practices, projects and methods, and; (3) counteracting depoliticisation in large parts of the design field. We are specifically interested in ways of 'designing smart' by engaging communities throughout the process of addressing complex challenges, such as  social inequality, economic disparity and environmental degradation.


Audience and Theme
The main objective of our workshop is to bring academic researchers and practitioners together to explore and debate new approaches for co-designing communities, cities, regional centres, services and experiences of the future by engaging a variety of people in the design process.

​Submissions to this workshop should take the concept of designing smart to the next level by exploring strategies, mechanisms, stakeholders (and their roles), technologies, design approaches, and methodologies that look at ‘scaling-up’ efforts to go beyond sustainable development on an individual level and push and scale up to the broader community, city, state, national or planetary level. Specifically, submissions should either address systemic issues pertinent across different layers, or align with one or more of the UN sustainable development goals

​Topics of interest for this workshop include but are not limited to the following areas of HCI scholarship and inquiry:

- HCI, interaction design, participatory design that explore political issues, such as designing for existential crises, institutioning, re-politicising HCI
- HCI for civic design, community activism, community engagement
- HCI for smart engagement and smart city planning and design
- HCI and post-anthropocentric design, post-humanist design, more-than-human futures
- HCI and sustainability
- HCI and new economic paradigms such as circular economy, doughnut economics, degrowth, voluntary simplicity, prosperous decent, cooperativism


If you are interested in participation in the workshop, we ask you to please email us a short abstract of approximately 200-500 words. This can take the form of a statement outlining your interests, questions, insights, or current research or practice. Submissions are open until 13 October 2019. Please email your abstract to [log in to unmask]

All submissions will be reviewed by the workshop organisers for relevance. After the workshop, we will finalise our proposal for a special issue in a high ranking journal on the subject.


Joel Fredericks, Design Lab, The University of Sydney
Callum Parker, Design Lab, The University of Sydney
Glenda Caldwell, QUT Design Lab
Marcus Foth, QUT Design Lab
Hilary Davis, Swinburne University of Technology
Martin Tomitsch, Design Lab, The University of Sydney

Dr Joel Fredericks | Lecturer
Design Lab | Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

The University of Sydney
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