Call for attendance

Welcome to the CHI 2015 SIGCHI HCI & Sustainability Workshop webpage,

Our deadline for position paper submissions recently passed. But, don’t worry if you missed it, we’re extending a new call for attendance! If you’ve an interest in HCI & Sustainability and are planning to attend CHI 2015, we’re eager for you to come join us as we discuss challenges and outline important directions for our field.

If you’d like to participate in the workshop, please send a short paragraph to Adrian Clear ( outlining your research background and your interest in HCI & Sustainability, relating it to the themes of the workshop call, where possible.

The deadline for this call for attendance is 15 March 2015.

Please note that to participate, you must register for the workshop and at least one day of the conference.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Kind regards,

The organisers of the CHI 2015 workshop, Expanding the Boundaries: A SIGCHI HCI & Sustainability Workshop


Last year’s CHI HCI and Sustainability Community workshop resulted in the formulation of a formidable challenge to change entrenched perspectives and reshape the sustainability discourse in CHI. It highlighted important next steps, including the need to “address the full diversity of sustainability issues”, to “do research that considers longer timescales” and to “grapple with the full multi-scalar complexity” of sustainability challenges. This workshop will build on this, by asking questions and formulating discussions that support a broadening and scaling up of the SHCI research agenda, and a challenging of entrenched beliefs and perceived boundaries that we as researchers may hold. It will consider how current foci might be extended so that sustainable HCI research can play a broader role in tackling global sustainability issues and supporting the societal change that this will require. As part of this, it will create a forum for discussing approaches that break traditional HCI boundaries, that are perhaps more radical in nature, to highlight new exciting directions for the field.

In particular, the workshop will focus on the following questions:

  1. How does the scope of sustainable HCI research align with global sustainability challenges?
  2. What barriers are there to societal change, and how could HCI research support overcoming these?
  3. What ‘user’ communities can we work with and draw insight from?
  4. What different scales can we operate at within society, and how can we do this?
  5. What research discourses, paradigms and methodologies support sustainable HCI research, and which can encourage unsustainability?

We aim to produce a concrete mapping of Sustainable HCI research and sustainability goals, and a collective position statement that addresses these questions.

Please direct queries and submissions to Adrian Clear (

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