Visit by Geremy Farr-Wharton from QUT

This week we have been lucky to host a visit from another researcher from our friends in the Urban Informatics group at QUT in Brisbane. Geremy Farr-Wharton has dropped in for a few days following a visit to Geraldine Fitzpatrick’s HCI group Vienna. This afternoon, Geremy will do a talk, as part of the School of Computer Science seminar series, on his PhD work which is exploring the interactive digital design opportunties around food waste behaviours. One of the eye-catching aspects of Geremy’s work is his use of ‘fridge cams’ to raise awareness of what’s in your own fridge – seems the LiSC fridge is oddly full of Stella:

LiSC fridge

The talk details are:-

Time/Date: 4pm, Wednesday, 30th January 2013

Venue: MC1001

Speaker: Geremy Farr-Wharton, Queensland University of Technology

Title: Chunky Milk: Opportunities for Social Media and Ubiquitous Computing to Reduce Household Food Wastage

Abstract: Academics specializing in ecology and agriculture have long forecast that our current and predicted future behavioural patterns of food consumption are not economically or ecologically sustainable. However, food sustainability is not a problem of increasing food production. Rather, enhancing the process by which we as individuals purchase, use, store, consume and dispose of food requires behavioural change towards food and its consumption. Currently, our behaviors and practices towards food and its consumption are leading to significant food waste production. This study implements a mixed methods approach to the research, examining and identifying the significant factors that lead to negative consumer behaviours and practices of food usage and consumption resulting in excessive food wastage in households. This initial research informs the design and development of human-computer interaction (HCI) technology interventions as situated experiments to assess and better understand useful methods and strategies to influence consumer behaviour and in turn facilitate change in the behavioural patterns leading to more sustainable food practices. This study generates new and valuable knowledge for the academic and industry domains within the fields of HCI, consumer behaviour, food and environmental sustainability, food production, urban informatics and public health.

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