"Sustainability... it's just not important": The Challenges of Academic Engagement with Diverse Stakeholders

Christian Remy, Oliver Bates, Vanessa Joanne Thomas, Matthew Broadbent

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Research at the intersection of sustainability and computing often engages with external stakeholders, and those engagements can determine success and impact of the sustainable goals as well as the entire research. In this paper, we reflect on various stakeholder en- gagements to derive lessons for the ICT4S community that seeks to broaden its sustainable impact beyond their own field. We briefly describe our experiences with case studies from each of the individual author’s research, and then synthesize across those experiences to reflect on similarities and differences. The resulting discussion highlights what we feel were our important lessons learned, as well as some of our thoughts on how to approach collab- orations or deployments with external stakeholders in sustainable computing projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICT4S2018. 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability
EditorsBirgit Penzenstadler, Steve Easterbrook, Colin Venters, Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed
Number of pages16
Publication date10 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2018
SeriesEPiC Series in Computing


  • case study
  • data demand
  • decision support
  • domestic energy
  • network services
  • policymakers
  • reflection
  • stakeholders
  • sustainability
  • sustainable interaction design


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