Dr Sara Heitlinger
Research Associate in Participatory Design
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- Address: School of Engineering
Newcastle upon Tyne,
My research interests are in participatory design, sustainability, smart cities, and more-than-human worlds. In my current research, I am developing methods to increase participation of diverse citizens in the design of digital technologies for urban food futures, and interrogating how the visions produced counter traditional top-down, technocentric, and utilitarian narratives of the eco-smart-city. I am also interested in the ways in which humans and other species participate and stake a claim in the digital urban commons.
Before joining Newcastle University, I was a Researcher Co-Investigator on Connected Seeds and Sensors, an 18-month EPSRC-funded Research in the Wild – Internet of Things (IoT) project based at Queen Mary University of London, where I investigated co-designing digital technologies with urban agricultural communities to support more sustainable food consumption and production in the city. The project involved smart sensors, data collection, and an interactive seed library to raise awareness, empower communities and increase participation in sustainable urban food practices. Connected Seeds and Sensors grew out of my PhD work, which I completed at the Media and Arts Technology Doctoral Training Centre at QMUL.
- Heitlinger S, Foth M, Clarke R, DiSalvo C, Light A, Forlano L. Avoiding Ecocidal Smart Cities: Participatory Design for More-than-Human Futures. In: Participatory Design Conference. 2018, Hasselt and Genk, Belgium: ACM. In Preparation.
- Clarke R, Heitlinger S, Foth M, DiSalvo C, Light A, Forlano L. More-than-Human Urban Futures: Speculative Participatory Design to Avoid Ecocidal Smart Cities. In: Participatory Design Conference. 2018, Hasselt and Genk, Belgium: ACM. In Press.
- Heitlinger S, Bryan-Kinns N, Comber Rob. Connected Seeds and Sensors: Co-designing Internet of Things for Sustainable Smart Cities with Urban Food-Growing Communities. In: Participatory Design Conference. 2018, Hasselt and Genk, Belgium: ACM. In Press.
- Foth M, Light A, Heitlinger S, Rodriguez A. Methods to study gaps: The ethics of the invisible. In: 4S – Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Conference. 2018, Sydney. In Press.
- Heitlinger S, Bryan-Kinns N, Jefferies J. The talking plants: an interactive system for grassroots urban food-growing communities. In: CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 2014, Toronto, Canada: ACM.
- Clarke R, Briggs J, Light A, Heitlinger S, Crivellaro C. Socially engaged arts practice in HCI. In: CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '14). 2014, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: ACM.
- Heitlinger S, Bryan-Kinns N, Jefferies J. Sustainable HCI for grassroots urban food-growing communities. In: Proceedings of the 25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference: Augmentation, Application, Innovation, Collaboration. 2013, Adelaide, Australia: ACM.
- Heitlinger S, Bryan-Kinns N, Jefferies J. UbiComp for grassroots urban food-growing communities. In: Proceedings of the 2013 ACM conference on Pervasive and ubiquitous computing adjunct publication. 2013.
- Heitlinger S, Bryan-Kinns N. Understanding performative behaviour within content-rich Digital Live Art . Digital Creativity 2013, 24(2), 111-118.