Disputation: Katie Berns
Datum: fredag 22 september 2023
Tid: 13.00 – 17.00
Plats: Aula Nod, DSV, Borgarfjordsgatan 12, Kista, och Zoom
Välkommen till en disputation på DSV! Katie Berns presenterar sin avhandling om aktivism kopplat till matsvinn.
22 september 2023 presenterar Katie Berns sin doktorsavhandling på Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap (DSV) vid Stockholms universitet. Titeln är ”Designing Community Economies: Exploring Alternatives for Infrastructuring Food Waste Activism”.
Disputationen genomförs i DSVs lokaler i Kista, med start klockan 13.00.
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Doktorand: Katie Berns, DSV
Opponent: Professor Danielle Wilde, Umeå universitet
Huvudhandledare: Chiara Rossitto, DSV
Handledare: Jakob Tholander, DSV
Sammanfattning (på engelska)
By drawing on past CSCW and SHCI scholarship engaged with how technology can support the collaborative work of organising activism and empowering people to respond to diverse sustainability challenges– my research contributes to the emerging field of digital civics by introducing the human geography concept ‘community economies’ as a new way to frame and determine the scope of the design of digital technologies for infrastructuring food waste activism.
Using a combination of ethnographic research and participatory action research (PAR), the empirical data were collected through two long-term collaborations with food-sharing communities in Denmark and Sweden and through a collaboration with researchers on a related project that focused on a food-sharing community in Germany. The findings and contributions of the work include (1) the identification of the key concerns, values, and existing sociotechnical practices involved in establishing and maintaining activist food-sharing communities, (2) insights into and reflections on the design of sociotechnical practices that support food-sharing as a form of community economy, considering challenges such as recognising the variegated capacities of participants and balancing diverse and sometimes conflicting community values, and (3) the determination of how new food-sharing communities scale their impact in different ways such by growing larger, joining forces with other local food initiatives, or proliferating by learning from similar, more established communities in different locations.
The discussion centres around three key dimensions that address the research questions; food-sharing as activism, designing sociotechnical sharing and governance practices, and designing community economies. Within these areas, I discuss the tensions that emerged regarding the role of technology in the three communities and unpack how a combination of existing mainstream technologies and bespoke civic technologies act as an infrastructure for the organisation, enactment, and proliferation of community-led food-sharing initiatives.
Nyckelord: Digital Civics, Food-Sharing, Activism, Food Waste, Community Economies, PAR
Senast uppdaterad: 19 september 2023
Sidansvarig: Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap, DSV