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Of behavioural wedges and spillovers

September 21, 2012


In the New Zealand Parliament yesterday the Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues Simon Bridges repeatedly answered Kennedy Graham’s questions about worsening scientific evidence with answers about protecting NZ jobs (video). Only when the economy improves, he said, could we look at changes so long as they didn’t affect NZ jobs. In other words, the […]

A wishlist for sustainable computing?

July 21, 2011


Last week we won the CITRENZ Award for Research for our paper  “A research framework for sustainable software“. In this paper we propose a Sustainable Lens as the basis for a research agenda.  This Sustainable Lens could be an actual augmented reality headset, or it might be a way of describing how we see the […]

Desire unmatched by skills equals disempowerment for computing students

July 20, 2010


At the CITRENZ conference last week Dobrila and Mike Lopez presented an interesting paper on sustainability worldviews of incoming students at Manukau Institute of Technology (pdf). Their paper aimed to replicate our study of Otago Polytechnic students (summarised in post “Can’t rely on geeks” here, from original paper). This replication aimed to cement the generalisability […]

Look out for new slogan: “Computing empowers you to do good”

June 3, 2009


Despite strong career prospects, computing education continues to suffer low student intakes and the rates for women are crazy low (Taulbee report).   “Something is wrong with perceptions of computing” can be heard around the halls of every campus and computing conference.   The truth may be that something is wrong with computing.   There’s a report […]

Sustainability strategies poorly supported by operational processes

February 27, 2009


As a facilitator of wider sustainable change, computing can have a far bigger impact than its own footprint.  But we’ve a long way to go.  Sophie Hallstedt finds that even in companies that have adopted sustainability as core strategy, there is little evidence of the decision systems needed to enable these goals.  In one chapter of […]