Module 5: Dissemination and Sharing Strategies
While academic research has an important global audience of other researchers, its applicability and impact beyond scholarly peers is an important part of contributing to ethical and responsible futures. Design ethnography is valuable in this regard, because projects often seek to address real-world shared questions, and the findings it can reach can be readily translated for wider audiences. It is also an approach used outside academic research, because its insights can directly support changes in design, systems and processes of many kinds.
Bringing research outcomes to external audiences, however, requires ways of sharing research findings that stretch beyond conventional academic writing. It can also mean collaborating with external partners who have their own distinct aims and priorities. In this Module, students will consider who the audiences might be for design ethnographic research and how to ensure their scholarship is accessible to those audiences. We will consider examples of collaborations with external partners by Lab members, and discuss forms of research dissemination that proved most useful.
In doing so, we will explore examples of innovative materials that Lab members have created and used to communicate with industry partners, such as ‘key findings cards’, industry reports, videos and documentary film.
The videos discuss:
- Research impact beyond academic audiences, drawing on Assoc Prof Yolande Strengers’ extensive experience in researching household energy consumption with industry partners.
- Prof Naomi Stead’s commitment to non-traditional research outputs (NTROs) including exhibitions, hybrid forms of writing and other creative forms of expression.
These are augmented by examples of industry reports, findings cards, and academic publications in the reading list that discuss or exemplify the use of novel forms of research dissemination.
- Students will learn how design ethnographic research can be best developed in collaboration with external partners.
- They will also learn how different forms of disseminating research findings suit different audiences, and what to consider in sharing their own scholarship.
Research impact beyond academic audiences
Non-traditional research outputs
Johnson, C. 2020. Is demand side response a woman's work? Domestic labour and electricity shifting in low income homes in the United Kingdom. Energy Research & Social Science, 68.
Strengers, Y. (2011). ‘Designing eco-feedback systems for everyday life’. In Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference on Human factors in computing systems. ACM, New York, USA: 2135-2144.
Strengers, Y (2013) ‘Smart Energy Technologies in Everyday Life: Smart Utopia?’ in Trentmann & Wilk R (series eds.), Consumption and Everyday Life series, Palgrave MacMillan, UK, 1-204. https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137267047
Strengers, Y. (2014) ‘Smart energy and everyday life: Are you designing for Resource Man?’, cover story, Interactions, July-August, http://interactions.acm.org/
Strengers, Y. Nicholls, L. Maller, C. (2016), ‘Curious energy consumers: humans and nonhumans in assemblages of household practice’, Journal of Consumer Culture, 16(3): 761-780.
Strengers, Y. Pink, S. Nicholls, L. (2019) ‘Smart energy futures and social practice imaginaries: Forecasting scenarios for pet care in Australian homes’, Energy Research and Social Science, 48 (February): 108-115
Verkade, N. & Höffken, J. 2017. Is the Resource Man coming home? Engaging with an energy monitoring platform to foster flexible energy consumption in the Netherlands. Energy Research & Social Science, 27:36-44.
Strengers, Y. Nicholls, L. Glover, A. Arcari, P. Martin, R. (2019) ‘Engaging households towards the Future Grid: An Engagement Strategy for the Energy Sector’, Emerging Technology Research Lab, Monash University, Melbourne. https://www.monash.edu/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/1862833/Engaging-households-towards-the-Future-Grid-FINAL-181219.pdf
Dahlgren, K. Strengers, Y. Pink, S. Nicholls, L. Sadowski, J. (2020) ‘Digital Energy Futures: Review of industry trends, visions and scenarios for the home’, Emerging Technology Research Lab, Monash University, Melbourne. https://www.monash.edu/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/2242754/Digital-Energy-Futures-Report.pdf
Nicholls, L. Strengers, Y. Tirado, S. (2017) ‘Smart home control: Exploring the potential for off-the-shelf enabling technologies in energy vulnerable and other households’, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, 1-89. https://gallery.mailchimp.com/b38874b25e686137780eb836e/files/5d00ecfb-2098-4148-89dc-49b72b98d0aa/ECA_SHC_Final_Report_CURRENT.pdf
Sumartojo, S, Mihelcic, J, Walton-Healey, N, Vallentine, B and Pink, S (2017) Queen Victoria Market: Intangible Values, Final Report. https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/qvm-intangible-values.pdf
Design for Wellbeing Bendigo key findings cards and full report
https://www.monash.edu/emerging-tech-research-lab/research/projects/design-for-wellbeing (see the report and key findings at the bottom of the page).
Sarah Pink and Nadia Astari, Laundry Lives - https://www.laundrylives.com/
Great grants: Smart Homes control. Energy Consumers Australia.
Yolande Strengers explains how some smart home control devices may not be having the impact on household energy efficiency that they claim in a video designed to promote the research to industry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oO7QoBoi2I
Board Stakeholder Forum Sydney 2019: Project Hyena. Energy Consumers Australia.
Yolande explains the Future Grid engagement research (and relates consumers to hyenas!)
The Exchange at Knowledge Market, Victoria Harbour. RMIT and Lendlease (2019) https://vimeo.com/317404597