Designing for Contestations and Cooperative Agency in Crises

Sawhney, N. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote or plenary lecture

Description

How do we make sense of complex emerging crises from disasters like wildfires to the COVID-19 pandemic, to the effects of structural racism in society? These intersecting crises are both natural and man-made with local and transnational effects for climate change, global health and social equity. However, as a society we have failed to devise scalable and just responses to address them effectively. What is the role of computational data science, human-centred design and participatory research in productively engaging such crisis contexts?

In this talk, I will consider the challenges and opportunities for conflicts and cooperative action in crisis, drawing on examples from emergency disaster relief, social justice movements, and the current pandemic. I’ll discuss a rights and values-based framework, while considering how we should undertake transdisciplinary approaches combining qualitative research and computational data analysis with participatory design research. I will discuss an emerging research project, Reconstructing Crisis Narratives, proposed in collaboration with THL to examine public perceptions, misconceptions and trust in crisis communications, news coverage and social media engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Period1 Oct 2020
Held atDepartment of Computer Science
Degree of RecognitionLocal