Design Innovation for Low Carbon Futures
This call invites proposals that use principles of design innovation to engage with the demands for low carbon futures. We particularly invite creatively driven approaches that capitalise on what arts research can bring to the energy conversation. This is a departure from the standard approach to changing energy behaviours, which is dominated by fact-based campaigns and is shown to be largely ineffective. We invite projects that prioritise human, social, even emotional contexts as much as those which are technical in nature.
The project will be hosted in the School of Entrepreneurship, and projects should be entrepreneurial in tenor, ultimately aiming to develop a new tool, method or approach that can be mobilised for impact beyond the academy. Further, it fits with our Design Thinking research theme. Proposals might aim to serve stakeholder groups as diverse as renewable energy developers, communities local to energy developments, designers of sustainable energy products or services, or others involved in the energy ecosystem.
Projects should consider the trajectory of emerging media practice and the needs of future audiences, as well as the potential to have impact with respect to energy futures in the UK and beyond. Critically, proposals should demonstrate the integration of disciplines proposed and the value of a transdisciplinary approach to low carbon futures.
Topics that may be covered by proposed projects:
- Public engagement
- VR, AR, or mixed-reality environments
- Mobile media
- Social media analysis & user data
- Multiplatform storytelling
- Immersive tech
Ideally, this project will be carried out with a partner and there is the potential for partner relationships to be arranged with the support of the university following selection of the doctoral student. Possible partners might include, for example, the Eden Project, Community Energy England, Southwest Creative Technology Network, or a partner from the energy industry.
In your application, please indicate how you envisage a partner supporting or contributing to the research, and how your project would benefit a partner.
To discuss this project proposal please contact: Danielle.BarriosONeill@falmouth.ac.uk
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