Sustainable Society Network


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Sustainable Society Network

  1. 1. Principal Investigator: Catherine Mulligan CI: John Nelson CI: Ruth Rettie
  2. 2. Network+ Overview • One of four £1.5m network+ funded by the RCUK • • •  Sustainable Society IT as Utility New Economic Models Established to identify the “Grand Challenges” for research related to digital technologies and the creation of a Sustainable Society   Includes the sustainability of ICT usage within society
  3. 3. Awards & Events  Minimum of 10 Pilot studies at a value of up to £50,000 each  Research Probes to test breakthrough research ideas  Secondments academia to and from industry and
  4. 4. Pilot Studies - Qiuhua  Aim is to evaluate the trends of OSNs during a flood event and develop a new OSN based flood prediction and risk management system  Explore a new approach by combining OSNs and traditional flood modeling for flood risk management.
  5. 5. Pilot Studies - Light  The urban area of Tulse Hill in South London is going through rapid socio-technical change as part of local action research to increase residents’ social and material assets. Three novel digital sharing tools are being deployed across 800 households to inspire more sustainable community practices, to stretch resources and generate alternative social structures. Our project is an invited collaboration to follow developments in the early stages of implementation, which we wish to use as the basis for devising a design framework for sharing technologies
  6. 6. Challenge Fellowship - Harries  This feasibility study will explore how interactive, consumer-relevant feedback can enhance engagement, increase awareness of consumption patterns, change attitudes, stimulate real-world behaviour change and, as a result, generate more sustainable patterns of usage. Combining expertise from computer science and social science, it will develop and evaluate a new variety of feedback system; using the case study of domestic electricity consumption to explore and evaluate the ways in which visualisation and interactivity can transform the impact of digitally delivered feedback.
  7. 7. Secondments  Indian-based secondments?
  8. 8. Scaling the Rural Enterprise   PI: Dr Catherine Mulligan, Imperial College, London Joint project between UK and India     Rural UK and Foothill of the Himalayas Using mobile technologies to help create appropriate economies of scale to “bridge the urban rural divide” UK Team from: Imperial College, Swansea University and University of Nottingham EP/J000604
  9. 9. Overview  Our economy is built on scale – why?    Costs, accumulation of capital, efficiency, effectiveness Really it is an outcome of 250 years of capitalism Externalities    Environment..? Humans..? Digital Technologies so far have been used to streamline and improve the efficiencies of supply chains:    Have become increasingly global Have been applied to food, clothes, furniture, basically everything except… ? Catastrophic impacts on… food, clothes, environment, employees…
  10. 10. End to End Lightweight Business Process Management • • • • • Demand and Supply Management at a ‘local’ (small scale) level JiTM for connecting rural and urban suppliers Smoothing of supply chain processes for small scale suppliers No supplier or buyer lock-in Free access Pretty Delicious Supplier 1 Supplier 2 Supplier 3
  11. 11. Get in Touch  Email:  @SustainableSoci  LinkedIn Group