Dean's Seminar Series: Patrick Olivier

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16 Apr 2018 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Caulfield Seminar Room H7.84, VC to Room G12A, 14 Rainforest Walk, Clayton


Patrick Olivier

Digital Civics: Infrastructuring Participatory Citizenship

Speaker: Prof. Patrick Olivier, School of Computing, Newcastle University, UK

Abstract: Firstly, this is (deliberately) NOT a technical talk! It’s a talk about a research initiative in “Digital Civics” that Open Lab is undertaking in the North East of England. Digital Civics proposes the use of digital technologies in the provision of relational models of public services, that is, models that take as a starting point the potential of digital technologies to support citizen-focused sharing of knowledge, experience and resources. By framing government as more than simply the provider of uniform and mechanistic services, digital civics aims to leverage technology to foster environments in which local agents (e.g. charities, local businesses, citizens) are able to solve problems together. Digital Civics research is inherently cross-disciplinary, action-oriented and place-based, and this requires us (as academic researchers) to configure ourselves differently to the communities with whom we conduct our research. In this talk I will be describing examples of our digital civics research, from applications in community engagement and education to public health and social justice, as well as the trajectory and pragmatics of the overall endeavour.

Speaker bio: Patrick Olivier is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the School of Computing, Newcastle University, UK. He founded and leads Open Lab, Newcastle University's centre for cross-disciplinary research in digital technologies. His research interests span interaction design, social computing and ubiquitous computing, particularly in public service and civic application contexts (education, public health and social justice). He is director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics (55 cross-disciplinary PhD students) and the EPSRC Digital Economy Research Centre (a multidisciplinary five-year project involving 25 postdocs).

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Jon Whittle