Keynote Speakers

Digitalization for sustainability transformations: Critical perspectives, lessons learned, and future prospects


Dr. Roy Bendor

Sustainability imaginaries by design
Dr. Roy Bendor explores the capacity of design to disclose alternative social, political and environmental futures. With a background in media studies, philosophy of technology and environmental communication, he is currently Assistant Professor of Critical Design at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology (Netherlands). Roy is also Fellow of the Urban Futures Studio at Utrecht University, former editor of the sustainability forum in the ACM’s magazine Interactions, and author of Interactive Media for Sustainability (Palgrave, 2018).

Algorithmic Climate Governance: Reproducing hegemony or radical transformation?
Dr. Ruth Machen is a Lecturer in Urban Planning at Newcastle University (UK), researching the political implications of digital technologies in climate change governance. A human geographer by background, with former policy experience, her work draws from empirical research in the UK and USA on the use of digital models, platforms and interfaces in the making of climate policy. Focusing on unpacking the politics of knowledge at the climate science-policy interface, she draws from environmental governance scholarship, postfoundational political theory, and critical digital scholarship in human geography and STS. She has also contributed to debates on research impact and the role of critical scholarship in societal transformations.

Dr. Ruth Machen
Prof. Teresa Cerratto Pargman, Ph.D.

Digital futures with civic tech initiatives and their relationship with narratives on environmental issues and civic participation
Prof. Teresa Cerratto PargmanPh.D. is a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) professor at the Dept. of Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University (SU). With a background in Psychology, Pedagogy, and Cognitive Science, she conducts conceptual and empirical studies on emerging technologies and practices in the public sector drawing from perspectives on the philosophy of technology and science and technology studies. She is interested in contributing methodologically to studying digital transformation for a sustainable planet. Teresa is a member of the Executive Committee and Associate Director of Societal Outreach at Digital Futures in Sweden.

Planning a Just Transition from Coal in India: Digitisation of Data and the Possibility of Subversions in Mineral Resource Governance
Prof. Radhika Krishnan, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor with the Human Sciences Research Group, IIIT Hyderabad, India. She has been working in the broad domain of political ecology and technology studies for the past two decades. An electrical engineer by training, her interest in studying the interface between technological regimes, local communities and ecologies led her to shift her research focus to the social sciences. During her tenure at IIIT she has been working on the ways in which digital tools can be integrated into research on issues around mineral extractions, specifically coal. Currently she is collaborating with colleagues from Sweden, Australia and the UK on two projects on 'Just Transitions' in India.

Prof. Radhika Krishnan, Ph.D.
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