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EP/K012738/1 - Encouraging Low Carbon Food Shopping with Ubicomp Interventions

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Dr AJ Friday EP/K012738/1 - Encouraging Low Carbon Food Shopping with Ubicomp Interventions

Principal Investigator - Computing & Communications, Lancaster University

Other Investigators

Dr M Hazas, Co InvestigatorDr M Hazas

Scheme

Standard Research

Research Areas

Mobile Computing Mobile Computing

Start Date

06/2013

End Date

12/2014

Value

£214,455

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Summary and Description of the grant

The greenhouse gases arising from food account for more than ten percent of the UK carbon footprint. Carbon-related food interventions such as smartphone apps have largely targeted supermarket shopper decisions 'in store' and have yet shown little evidence of impact.

To be truly relevant, we must seek nuanced understandings of food acquisition both within and beyond the supermarket: these include the negotiation and planning of household meals, and positioning with respect to take-away and convenience foods.

Using multidisciplinary methods as diverse as ethnographic observation, interaction design, carbon profiling and crowdsourcing, we will iteratively develop and trial both low and high tech interventions which meaningfully support food acquisition and carbon awareness, with the aim of promoting lower impact food practice.

Built into the research programme is continual engagement with the supermarket itself, to explore opportunities for making scalable, sustained reductions, in its role as a food institution for tens of thousands.

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Grant Event Details:
Name: Encouraging Low Carbon Food Shopping with Ubicomp Interventions - EP/K012738/1
Start Date: 2013-06-29T00:00:00+02:00
End Date: 2014-12-28T00:00:00+01:00

Organization: Lancaster University

Description: The greenhouse gases arising from food account for more than ten percent of the UK carbon footprint. Carbon-related food interventions such as smartphone apps have largely targeted supermarket shopper decisions 'in store' and have yet shown little evidence ...