About me

I am Associate Professor of Information at the University of Toronto. My research focuses on the design of just and sustainable information and software systems. As co-founder of the Karlskrona Initiative for Sustainability Design, I advocate an interdisciplinary approach to software systems research and practice. I am convinced that in order to build lasting positive change through software systems, we must better understand the social and psychological factors of systems design practice.

My work is supported by grants from the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the Ontario Research Fund. Previously, it has been funded by the European Commission and by agencies in Germany and Austria. I have consulted for the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization. Before joining the University of Toronto, I developed and coordinated international consortia of universities, cultural heritage organizations and commercial partners and created decision support tools for digital curation, some of which won a number of awards. As Director of the Digital Curation Institute at the University of Toronto, I now bring together graduate students, appointed fellows, faculty colleagues and partners to conduct research at the intersection of digital curation and systems design (http://dci.ischool.toronto.ca).

I am currently working on my book project – working title: The Myths of Computing – How to reorient systems design for sustainability and justice. Feel free to ask me about it…