Hi folks,

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


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


Bloedel 070

Presentation will be streamed for those unable to attend in person –


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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