Please take note of this talk happening at the iSchool on Thursday. The speaker has time to meet with faculty and students 1:30-3 p.m. on Thursday and 11-12:30 on Friday. Please let me know if you'd like to arrange a meeting. Thanks! Katya Yefimova PhD student The Information School ---- iSchool Research Symposium *Robert Comber* *Food, ethics and social justice: What role for HCI and Design?* Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:30-1:20pm Bloedel 070 Presentation will be streamed for those unable to attend in person – https://uw-ischool.zoom.us/j/214580441 *Abstract* Food plays an important part in the physical, social and cultural well-being of society, and is a contributing factor in at least 6 of the UN's Sustainable Development goals, including eradicating hunger and reducing inequalities in society. In this talk, I will draw on research across issues of nutrition, food waste, food access, sustainability, celebratory technologies and aesthetic experiences with food, to discuss the role for HCI researchers in understanding food practices and systems and the difficulties faced when designing for human-food interaction. In particular, I will pay attention to the complexities at the intersections of food, ethics, and social justice, and how design and ICT can begin to address the vast inequalities in global and local food systems. Using these points, I will argue for food as a topic of concern for HCI researchers that, to date, has been relatively overlooked. *Biographical Information* Dr. Rob Comber is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Computer Mediated Communication at Open Lab, Newcastle University. He is the lead of the Digital Local Democracy strand of Open Lab’s Digital Economy Research Centre on Digital Civics and leads the Collective Action research group. His work is concerned with how we can understand and design for social and environmental sustainability. This broad interest came from early work looking at how people in deprived areas of the North East of England tried to eat healthy meals, and seeing the compound social, informational, material and spatial challenges they faced.
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