for Sustainable Communities
Reflecting on the Role of HCI for Addressing the Sustainable Development Goals
OzCHI 2 December 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
Submissions to this workshop will take the form of 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. Please email your abstract to
13 October 2019: Abstracts due
27 October 2019: Notifications
2 December 2019: Workshop day
UN Sustainable Development Goals. Source: sus-tainabledevelopment.un.org
Presentation Session 1
Presentation Session 2
Presentation Session 3
Group Design Challenge
Lecturer in Design
The University of Sydney
Joel is a Lecturer in Design at the University of Sydney and Managing Director of Thrive Engagement. Joel's research sits across the domains of community engagement, urban planning, digital placemaking, media architecture, smart cities and immersive technologies.
Dr Callum Parker
Lecturer in Design Computing
The University of Sydney
Callum is a Lecturer in Design Computing at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on the digital augmentation of cities to improve the lives of the people within them.
Senior Lecturer in Architecture
Glenda is the QUT Design Lab Associate Director, a Senior Lecturer in Architecture, a founding member of the Design Robotics research group. Embracing trans-disciplinary approaches Glenda explores the intersection and translation of physical and digital media in creative processes for community engagement, placemaking, and media architecture.
Professor of Urban Informatics
Marcus is a passionate wombassador and beekeeper and Professor of Urban Informatics in the QUT Design Lab, Brisbane. He is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University, Denmark, and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Marcus brings together people, place, and technology with a keen interest in cities and sustainability.
Senior Research Fellow
Swinburne University of Technology
Hilary is a Senior Research Fellow in the Swinburne Social Innovation Institute, and in the Living with Disability Research Centre (LIDS), La Trobe University. Her current research focuses on digital participation for diverse and marginalised communities; including people with intellectual disabilities, housebound people and those disadvantaged due to place.
Chair of Design & Director of Innovation
The University of Sydney
Martin is Chair of Design and Director of Innovation at the University of Sydney, Visiting Professor at the CAFA Beijing Visual Art Innovation Institute, and founding member of the Media Architecture Institute. His research focuses on the role of design for shaping the interactions between people and technology, and how digital technology and new design approaches can improve life in cities.
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle
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